It’s Fall Festival Time Again!
Ellicottville’s Largest Festival Back for 41st Year
Ellicottville, NY – As if the leaves changing colors and painting the hills aren’t enough of a reason to come out and visit Ellicottville in the fall, the 41st Annual Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce Fall Festival will take place Oct. 8 and 9, bringing 300 vendors, a food court, and a carnival to the streets of the village. The village stays rocking at night with music, and some of the best scenery in the region can be had on a chair lift.
The largest, and oldest of the Ellicottville festivals really gets under way Friday when some of the food court vendors fire up their grills, skillets, hot plates, and fryers on Jefferson St. The preview night of the festival will run until 10 p.m.
No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll be able to find it at the Ellicottville Fall Festival. Come out and grab some great food to eat as you check out the vendors, displaying everything from crafty gifts, and manufactured goods. Buy that piece of art to make your home or office complete, upgrade your ski gear at the ski swap, it all happens right here!
All of the festivities get under way Saturday morning at 10 a.m., when the vendors open for business and the food on Jefferson Street is served! Kids can enjoy carnival rides in the Washington Square parking lot, next to Subway, at 11 a.m.
The fun and festivities aren’t just in the Village. Head about a mile south, to Holiday Valley, to take in the sights and sounds. At 10 a.m. on Saturday, why not start the weekend off with a refreshing 5K run? Runners and walkers alike can participate in the annual Holiday Valley event. Registration can be found on the Holiday Valley website, under the Fall Festival page.
Starting at 11 a.m., a chairlift ride to the top of Mardi Gras or Spruce Lake will give a great view of the fall foliage throughout the valley. Music and food will also be at the base of the hill at the Cabana Bar and John Harvard’s. Music starts at noon. The same thing happens Sunday, with the exception of the morning run.
Head just a mile west of the village and you’ll have a great vantage to enjoy North America’s largest private ski area, HoliMont, before the snow flies. HoliMont’s Exhibition Express lift will take riders up the hill on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 11:30 to 4, for those looking for more than one view of the foliage. This year, HoliMont will also be hosting the first HoliCross Cyclocross Race. Billed as a fun, challenging course that will be chock full of climbs and zig-zags, it is sure to get the blood flowing. Those that are interested in racing need to register with BikeReg.com at www.bikereg.com/holicross. Registration is dependent on the class you enter but ranges from $10 to $30.
“Fall Festival is our largest, and oldest festival in the Village,” Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Brian McFadden, said. “It is, of course, an economic driver for the Ellicottville area, but the rest of Cattaraugus County benefits from the weekend as well as we fill most of the hotel rooms within 30 miles.”
Looking for an easy way to get to and from Holiday Valley during the event? Take the shuttle bus. For $3 a person, riders will be taken from St. Mary’s Church, at the corner of Jefferson Street (Route 219) and Martha Avenue, to all points toward the Holiday Valley Main Lodge from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The shuttle bus then runs from the area on Washington Street near the Kwik Fill until 3 a.m.
Started in 1975 as a way to get people into the budding ski town of Ellicottville as the winter merchandise was coming into the stores, Fall Festival has budded into a festival that brings in more people than organizers can count, and bolsters the village’s business base to keep Ellicottville the exciting, yet quaint, year-round village it has become.