OLEAN — The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce (GOACC) is seeking retail and craft vendors to participate in the 11th annual Rally in the Valley event, Aug. 21-25, in Olean.
The five-day event is a motorcycle rally with the proceeds benefiting a host of community organizations: LEEK Preserve, Southern Tier Military Support Group, Boy Scouts, Olean Airport Marketing, ReHabilitation Center, Dempsey Club and Michele Krahe Peace Scholarship.
The Rally is expected to draw several thousand motorcyclists from across the region. GOACC would like to offer companies an opportunity to take a vendor booth at the event. This year, the event will open for vendors with a Friday Kickoff to the Rally, Aug. 23, with a Bike Parade and regional music entertainment.
Saturday’s event will include bands, and contests: slow ride, ball drop, tire toss and hot dog. Sunday’s activities will consist of music, a dice run starting at 11 a.m. and the raffle of a Harley Davidson 2013 Street Glide FLHX. The three events will all be held at one location — vendors will not need to move and set up their spaces each day.
Past retail vendors showcased jewelry, motorcycle accessories, clothing, sunglasses, leatherwear, motorcycles, even a truck/trailer to haul your motorcycle! Vendors must apply to be considered. Vendors will be selected based on minimum qualifications, as well as experience, quality of service, variety, cleanliness and availability.
Vendors supply their own tables, canopies and materials. There will be overnight security at the stadium both Friday and Saturday nights. Although the Rally is a five-day event, vendors will not display/sell Wednesday, Aug. 21, or Thursday night, August 22.
For more information or for an application, stop in at the GOACC office at 120 N. Union St. in Olean, check the Rally website, www.oleanny.com, or call (716) 372-4433.