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Fall Fun All Weekend Long Rock N’ Roll, Classic Cars, Pumpkins, Racing and Art

By Sue Whistler

Yes, Labor Day is just a memory – the leaves are already starting to turn and you’ve just deflated your water wings and started to pack up the deck furniture.

Just when you thought it was time to start splitting firewood and replacing the furnace filter, there’s a reprieve. The summer party season isn’t quite over, at least not here in the hills of the Southern Tier.

Beginning this Friday, there are several events happening all over beautiful Cattaraugus County that will delight and entertain even the most discerning weekend visitor and their entire family.

There’ll be music in the air and dancing in the streets of Ellicottville, which will be lined with over 200 classic hotrods, convertibles, trucks and vintage sports cars on display for the 14th annual Classic Car Show. Brian McFadden, executive director of the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce, calls Rock N’ Roll Weekend “one of Ellicottville’s most loved events.”

Every restaurant and bar in town has booked their own weekend lineup of great live music. It’s a fun way to end the summer season on a high note, especially when those notes come from some of the best rock n’ roll and blues bands in the area. All the hullabaloo and live entertainment starts on Friday evening, Sept. 14 and doesn’t end until late Sunday afternoon.

The car show runs from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. on Sept. 16, with judging and awards for each class. Visitors won’t want to miss Terry Buchwald, Elvis impersonator, who will be performing his much-acclaimed “Tribute to the King” show at the Gazebo on Sunday afternoon.

If the Classic Car Show isn’t enough for all you motor heads, then a visit to the Little Valley Speedway is a must!  Saturday evening the Iskenderian (ISKY) Racing Cams will present the season-ending championship race for the Bicknell Racing Products (BRP) CanAm Series. The speedway has a covered grandstand with stadium seats and boasts some of the best food in racing. There is free camping with hookups on the grounds. Early arrivals are permitted. The excitement begins on Saturday when the gates open at 3 p.m. for a 6:30 p.m. start.

The Little Valley Speedway is located on the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds on Rt. 353 in Little Valley. That’s just eight miles due west on Rt. 242 from Ellicottville. Adult admission is $15, with those under 12 admitted free. Pit passes are $25. Rain date is Sunday, Sept. 16. For more information go to www.ISKYCams.com.

Art lovers won’t want to miss the 2012 Cattaraugus County Art Council (CCAC) Small Works Member Art Show featuring the work of 31 local artists who are also members of the CCAC. No work is larger than 11 inches by 14 inches. As the saying goes, “good things come in small packages,” and the artistic impact of these special pieces far exceed their size.

The art show begins with an opening reception from 6–8p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14 at The Center Gallery and is open and free to the public. No reservations required. Awards will be presented at 7 p.m., with hot hors d’oeuvres and happy hour refreshments throughout the evening. The Center Gallery is located in the College Center, 2nd Floor, on Jamestown Community College’s Cattaraugus County Campus at 260 N. Union St., Olean. You can call (716) 372-7455 or go to www.info@myartscouncil.net for more information.

Every September local kids and visitors of all ages eagerly anticipate the opening of Pumpkinville, which signals the beginning of our beautiful fall season out here in ski country. Pumpkinville is arguably THE premier pumpkin-picking patch this side of the Pacific. In addition to all things pumpkin, Pumpkinville offers hayrides, pony rides, a six-acre corn maze, the Cow Train, the Corn Cannon, Goat Mountain, and Storyland. Visitors can also take a helicopter ride on weekends in October.

A new attraction to Pumpkinville this year is the Hen House Five Review, which the playful Pumpkinville pundits describe as a “friendly flock of animatronic chickens” that will “entertain you with their singing and even tell some jokes.” The corn maze and hayrides have been upgraded this year and a kettle corn operation has been added to the fun.

Pumpkinville is located at 4844 Sugartown Rd. in Great Valley, and will be open to the public from Sept. 15–Oct. 31 from 9 a.m.–7 p.m. every day.  Admission is free with minimal fees for some of the special attractions.

So there you have it – a whole summer of fun rolled into one fabulous weekend. We hope you won’t be a stranger and wait around for the next big event to visit.  There is something for everyone all year round … and it’s always beautiful.  

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