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Countdown to Fall Festival


By Alicia Dziak

Fall Festival weekend is almost here! Oct. 7- 9 bring the year’s biggest family-friendly party to the Village and the slopes, and you won’t want to miss all the fun in store at this year’s event!

Get into town early and check out the Balloons Fall Fest Kickoff Party, featuring Randle and the Late Night Scandals at 8 p.m.

Kick things off Friday in the Village with the food court, from 6 to 10 p.m., and more live music at the local hot spots, including the Porcelain Busdrivers under the tent at Balloons and Joe Wagner Band at the Gin Mill.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Village, grab some grub in th food court, stroll the arts and crafts show, and channel your inner child on the kids carnival rides.

Burn off some of those calories at the annual Fall Festival 5K on Saturday, or the Fall Festival Mountain Bike Race on Sunday. Visit for more info.

Up at Holiday Valley, there will be no shortage of cool things to do. Gear up for the season at the Mountain Shop Sale and the Ski Swap. Take a scenice chairlift ride to the top of Spruce or Mardi Gras, where you can enjoy a cookout and live music by Tommy Z on Sunday and Black and Blues Band on Sunday. Head to the Cabana Bar for even more live music, with the Strangers performing on Saturday, and the Party Squad on Sunday.

On Sunday, check out the Birds of Prey Show at HV, and even more live entertainment in the Village, highlighted by The Strangers at Balloons at 4 p.m. and 2 Guys Drinkin’ Beer at the Gin Mill at 8 p.m.

Over at HoliMont, check out HoliCX, a new spectator-friendly event, sponsored by Kind Human Bicycles. HoliCX is the first-ever Cyclocross race at HoliMont, and is a fun and challenging bicycle race over a variety of terrain and a zigzag course. The race will take place at the bottom of the Sunset area at HoliMont on Oct. 8 from 9:45 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Exhibition Express chairlift will also be running on Saturday only, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit for more information.

“Fall Festival is a great weekend of family fun,” said Chris Chapman, media and communications manager for the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce, who helps sponsor the event. “Bring the entire family out to walk through the vendors and to food court. Head over to the carnival rides, maybe take in a bit of the music playing in various places. A family trip up the chair lift at either resort is guaranteed to be a hit. The sight of the season bringing the leaves to full color throughout the valley is something to behold. It’s a weekend that a family can enjoy together for very little expense. There is no charge to come down and walk the vendors or hear much of the music. It’s just a truly great place to be.”

With so much going on during Fall Festival, be sure to plan ahead. Grab your free copy of next week’s Ellicottville Times to see the complete schedule of events.

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