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Archery, Food Tasting, Biking, Golf and More Await

By Eva Potter

There’s so much to see, taste, hear and do in Ellicottville, especially in the summer months. Take time out of your schedule to come and unwind during these great events.

Winery of Ellicottville, 

Aug. 1

The Winery of Ellicottville is marking its 5-year anniversary and they’re inviting you to come celebrate with free cake. While you’re there, be sure to linger and sample some of its award winning wines, too. More at .

Cattaraugus County Fair, Aug. 3–9

This annual tradition and family favorite with midway rides, along with crowd favorites like the Monster Truck Rally, Truck and Tractor Pull, Demolition Derbies and Barnyard Olympics is great for the whole family. Save room in your belly for delicious carnival hot dogs, BBQ, funnel cakes, cotton candy and all your other fair faves. Make plans to see recording artist Trace Adkins live in concert on Aug. 6. For a complete schedule, visit General admission tickets are $10.

IBO World Bowhunting Championships, Aug. 4–9

Watch as thousands of expert archers from around the world shoot 3-D targets for the world title, cash and prizes at Holiday Valley. The Holiday Valley Open is also held that weekend—preregistration is required. The public can take advantage of the practice range at Spruce Lake Aug. 4–8. It’s only $5 for one outing, of $10 for the week. A cool trade show with many vendors offers lots of browsing. More at NOTE: During the IBO, mountain biking and hiking trails at Holiday Valley will be CLOSED for safety reasons.

Taste of Ellicottville, Aug. 15–16

Put on some roomy clothes and come to the area’s best foodie festival. Sample delicious appetizers, entrees, drinks and desserts from Ellicottville’s great restaurants and chefs café-style along the sidewalks noon–4 p.m. both days. Tickets are only $1 each and most items are priced at 1-4 tickets. Details at

Under a Tuscan Moon, 

Aug. 29

This year’s annual tribute to Michael Kerns will feature a delicious Italian theme. The fun starts at 6 p.m. at John Harvard’s Cabana Bar & Pool Complex at Holiday Valley. Enjoy great hors d’oeuvres served by volunteer ECS students, while supporting the many worthwhile local projects of Family Support for Ellicottville. Local chefs will tempt your taste buds at 11 stations, including delicacies like antipasto, seafood lasagna and a decadent dessert table for $65 per person. In addition, silent and live auctions will offer some great bargains, including rare wine, Sabres and Bills tickets, CUTCO knives and more. Music will be provided by Michael Nugent. Tickets will be available at the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce, E’Ville Spirits and Wine and Katy’s Café, or you can call Kegs at 699-8758.

Holiday Valley

For outdoor lovers, get ready to tackle epic mountain bike trails, swim at the three-pool complex, play 18 holes at the Double Black Diamond Golf Course, enjoy a relaxing chairlift ride up to Spruce Lake or tap into your adventurous side at Sky High Adventure Park, which includes the Aerial Park, Climbing Forest and Sky Flyer Mountain Coaster. Details at

Parks and Recreation

For a relaxing experience, stop at Nannen Arboretum, an 8-acre gem in the village, which has a large collection of shrubs, flowers and trees, as well as reflecting spots like the Ryoanji Temple Stone Garden, Amano Hashidate Bridge and the Lowe Herb Garden. For details, visit Griffis Sculpture Park, only 15 minutes from the village, is the largest sculpture park in the U.S., displaying 250-plus sculptures on 300 acres. See more at Nearby Allegany State Park offers hiking trails, a sand beach with lake swimming, fishing and more in New York State’s largest state park. Sign up for free art workshops and nature tours, rent a paddleboat or go birdwatching. Read all about the park at and

For the best to-do guide in the area, check out the Ellicottville Times Visitors’ Guide and Directory (a free publication found at many locations alongside the Ellicottville Times) or online at You’ll find regional attractions, shopping, dining info, a detailed entertainment schedule and more.

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