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Special Events Committee Sets Fall Festival Guidelines

As Ellicottville readies itself to host its largest Festival of the year, we would like to let you know what we have been working on.

The Special Events committee, Ellicottville Police Dept., Catt Co. Sheriff’s Dept., NY State Police, EVL Fire Dept., Village and Town Boards, Code enforcement,  DPW, Chamber of Commerce  along with input from local residents, merchants and bar owners have been working diligently since Nov. of 2012 on ways to improve and refine Fall Festival as we know it.

Numerous work sessions and meetings have been conducted to review and address both the weak and the strong points of the Festival, with the main goal being to provide a quality event while maintaining safety, control and integrity to our residents, guests and properties.

ZERO TOLERANCE is the LAW and will be strictly enforced.  This means absolutely no alcohol is allowed on village streets.  You will not be allowed to leave an establishment or private property and walk anywhere in the Village of Ellicottville with open containers containing alcohol. Drink it or leave it.  Public intoxication and disorderly conduct will not be tolerated.

NOISE LEVELS have been addressed with the local bars and beer tents. Outdoor live music will end at 11pm and quieter background music must stop at 12 pm. (midnight) in accordance with the local sound level ordinance.  Establishments with indoor music will follow the sound ordinance for volumes as written.

House parties will also be obligated to obey this law.

PARKING:  We strongly encourage carpooling, using shuttles or walking!  Space is limited and illegally parked vehicles (including motorcycles) will be ticketed and towed.   Fire lanes, hydrants, and sidewalks are not to be blocked.  Observe all temporary and regular no parking signs.

Flagmen for private lots are not allowed in the streets.

Illegally parked vehicles on private property are the land owners’ responsibility.

BUSES:  Hired bus drop off and pick up site will be located at the DPW building on Mill & Martha Street.  Parking for the buses is on RTE 219 beyond Holiday Valley Rd at the old driving range site.  Buses will not be allowed to load or unload elsewhere.

Bus lines will be notified of the open container law and will be expected to adhere.

Shuttle Service: Daytime loading site will be at Jefferson Street & Martha Street on Sat & Sun from 10 am – 7 pm

Evening site is in front of Kwik Fill from 7-pm to 3 am

The shuttle destinations will be to most of the condo areas.  Other destinations will require the taxi service (call chamber for info:  699-5046).

Taxi Call: 375-TAXI

POLICE WILL NOT GIVE YOU A RIDE!

Rest rooms:  There will be plenty of port-o-johns provided throughout the festival area. They are cleaned routinely, so use them!  Public urination is against the law.

Emergency and First Aid location:  Sheriff and First Aid trailers will be located on Washington Street by Coffee Culture.

Occupancy Codes:  Code enforcement officer will be on duty to inspect occupancy loads both public and private.

CELL SERVICE:  Have a plan if the towers go down.  Know where to meet if you are separated.

VENDORS: Must visibly display vendor & Health Dept. permits on tents.

Sandwich boards and/or tables and chairs will not be allowed on sidewalks or tree lawns, they must remain open for use by emergency personnel.

Help make Fall Festival safe and enjoyable.  If you see something illegal, report it.  If you see a mess, clean it up.  Play by the rules, the future of Fall Fest depends on it.

Sincerely,

Special Events Committee

Ellicottville Village and Town Boards

Local, County and State Police Depts.

Ellicottville Fire Dept.

Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce

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