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All Things Outdoors June 3-5

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By Alicia Dziak

Like spending time outdoors? Then next weekend is for you! Join other outdoor enthusiasts June 3-5 for two fresh air-focused events taking place all over Ellicottville.

All weekend long, Holiday Valley will be celebrating Cycling Weekend with races geared toward the more serious level 2 and 3 rider. Get in on the fun for  $299 per person, which includes double occupancy Friday and Saturday night lodging at the Inn at Holiday Valley, three guided road rides (with sag wagon), cycling clinics and light instruction, meals, social activities and a goody bag full of cycling treats! (Commuter rate without lodging is $205.)

According to Jane Eshbaugh, Holiday Valley’s marketing director, this weekend is meant to “introduce people to the great road rides around this area and to meet other cyclists.”

She explained that “We do a short ride on Friday night to see how everyone fits together, then a mid-length ride Saturday late morning and a long ride on Sunday that takes us through Amish country. It is so beautiful and unique! Meals are included, as are guides and a sag wagon for repairs or tired riders. Participants also have time to get to know Ellicottville, too.”

The weekend, which usually attracts around 40 participants, promises to be a memorable one.

“My favorite is riding through the Amish farms on Chautauqua Road,” said Eshbaugh.

“If it is church day, you’ll see the Amish walking or riding in buggies on the way to church. The farms are beautiful, and the views are spectacular!”

“Another highlight of Cycling Weekend is that some of our area’s best riders are guides, so you get to learn from the experts. If the weather cooperates, we have Saturday night dinner out on the Overlook Terrace (between Tamarack and the Lodge) and that’s a great meal in a wonderful setting.”

Meet up other like-minded cyclists and get in on the fun! More info and the full weekend schedule can be found at holidayvalley.com.

Outdoor Expo

On June 4 and 5, bring your friends and family for a celebration of all things outdoors at the Ellicottville Outdoor Expo. This new event will feature everything from yoga, horseback riding and fly fishing clinics, to golf club demos, mountain bike clinics, birds of prey shows and more. In addition, Mountain Coaster rides and the Climbing Forest at Sky High Adventure Park will be offering BOGO deals.

“We want to give people a chance to come out and try a few of the things we have to do in the Great Outdoors of our area,” said Chris Chapman, media and communications manager at the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce, the event’s sponsor. “So much of what there is can be done very inexpensively or for free. All it takes is knowing what to do and where to go and it is all available all weekend long.”

Holiday Valley is one of the prime locations for fun during Expo weekend.  Access to Holiday Valley’s Spruce Lake will be available throughout the Expo, where people also have access to mountain biking, kayaking and SUP, hiking and horseback rides.

Holiday Valley also is offering  a fun-filled day of free golf activities during Play Golf America Day on Saturday, created to showcase the game of golf in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. All ages and all skill levels are welcomed.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Practice Facility and Driving Range. Highlights of the Demo Day include free equipment testing from Callaway and Nike. These companies will be on site to provide hands-on testing of the hottest products on the market today. Attendees will be able to test drivers on the range, wedges at the chipping area and putters on the practice green.

Kids will love the Golfzilla and Golfopotomas inflatable targets that will be on site for fun interactive practice. They’ll also be able to participate in the Holiday Valley Drive, Chip and Putt Contest. The event will be exactly like the one that is hosted at Augusta National a week before the Masters. Ages 18 and younger can compete.

In addition, range balls will be available on a BOGO basis. Tokens are available at the Pro Shop or when shop staff is on site at the range. Small buckets are $4 and large are $8.

Additional Expo activities will be taking place throughout the town and in the vibrant village of Ellicottville. Check out the event website and schedule of activities at evillechamber.wix.com/outdoorexpo.

This is your chance to see what Ellicottville and the surrounding area has to offer. “We have such a treasure in the natural beauty of our area, why not get out and enjoy it?” Chapman said.

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