By Alicia Dziak
Ellicottville’s long-awaited annual Fall Fest hits the streets and slopes of EVL this weekend, and the fabulous fall forecast is sure to bring thousands to town for this fun and family-friendly weekend.
Get a jump on the festivities by arriving Friday. If you’re looking for adventure, Sky High Aerial Park and the Mountain Coaster will be open until 6 p.m. Afterwards, trek down to Jefferson Street and have dinner at one of the numerous food stands open 6–10 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday bring a whole new set of activities, including the annual 5K Run, starting from the Holiday Valley Lodge at 10 a.m. on Saturday, and the mountain bike race, beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Mountain Sports Center.
Looking for some unique family fun? Chair lift rides will be available for only $2 at Holiday Valley’s Mardi Gras lift from noon – 4 p.m. each day. Once to the top, enjoy live music, a mountain top cookout and spectacular views. Ride or walk back down.
Chairlift rides will also be available on HoliMont’s Exhibition Express, running on Saturday 11 a.m. –3:30 p.m., and their ski shop will be open on Saturday and Sunday with some great deals on gear.
Head into the hustle and bustle of town as the village streets come alive with food, craft and merchandise vendors. Carnival rides will be open from 11 a.m.–6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, and the Ellicottville Idol singing competition will be held Sunday from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Village Gazebo.
“Fall Fest weekend is a weekend my whole family looks forward to,” said Michelle Solly of Colden. “Our favorite things to do are to get kettle corn and warm cider, and walk around to the various vendors. It’s a chance for us to get out of the house and take part in some true fun-filled fall activities, and gives us the chance to gather with friends that we don’t get to see very often.”
The weekend is also a perfect time to head over to Pumpkinville in Great Valley, just a short distance from the village. Enjoy hayrides, a corn maze and the new Jumpin Pillows, and indulge in their yummy homemade food items, all while picking out your fall must-have pumpkins and gourds.
When the sun goes down, things heat up with live music at various establishments, all three nights of the long weekend. Check out the entertainment schedule on page A-3 to see what bands are playing at your favorite EVL night spot.
What better way to end the long weekend than with more fall fun on the slopes? On Monday, $5 chair lift rides will be available at Holiday Valley’s Spruce Lake Chairlift from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sky High will be open 9 a.m.–6 p.m., and the Mountain Coaster will be open from 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
For more information on the weekend’s events, see the Fall Fest schedule on page B-3.
Spend a day or the whole weekend at EVL’s biggest festival, taking in the scenery and fun in this small town that happily bursts at the seams during Fall Fest. You’ll quickly see why it has become an annual tradition for so many!