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By Mary Heyl

Memorial Day Weekend has come and gone, which means summer has unofficially arrived in Cattaraugus and southern Erie counties! Celebrate every weekend this month at a different festival throughout the county: from horseradish to gardening to carnival rides, there’s something for every member of the family to enjoy all month long. With all of this fun, you won’t even notice that summer isn’t even here yet!

June 2-4, head to Springville for the annual WNY Dairy/Ag Festival, which combines arts and crafts, amusement rides, animals, a parade, food, music, contests, classic cars and much more for a weekend of fun.

This year’s theme is “God Bless Our Farmers.” The festival takes place at SGI High School, at 290 North Buffalo Street in Springville, with other activities happening all over town. Visit the festival Facebook page for more info or see the schedule on page 3 of this week’s Springville Times.

Saturday, June 3 is the Hinsdale Horseradish Festival taking place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hinsdale Memorial Park at 1547 Gile Hollow Road in the Town of Hinsdale. Just a half mile south of I-86, the park is easy to find and the perfect venue for “everything horseradish” that the festival will have. Of course, there will be plenty of opportunities to eat and buy horseradish, as well as a variety of other items from festival vendors, such as wine, craft beer, pottery, handmade jewelry, furniture, handmade soaps, crafts, candles, paintings and more!

Hinsdale’s connection to horseradish dates back to the early 20th century, when a local woman, Maude Bell, and her family grew horseradish along the Ischua Creek and transported it by horse and buggy to sell at the markets in Olean! You can celebrate this fun history at the family-friendly festival, which also includes live music. Diggin Roots Band performs from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and Nick Kody and the Creek Road Band closes out the evening from 5:30 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit the Hinsdale Horseradish Festival’s event page on Facebook.

The Enchanted Mountain Garden Club of Allegany invites you to attend their 2nd Annual Allegany Garden Festival on Saturday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year, the location is the Fourth and Maple Complex (the old high school) located at 88 North Fourth Street. There will be a variety of vendors with high quality items including flowers, plants, gardening supplies, landscaping ideas and garden art.

The public is invited to enter the garden container contest: bring your best container of flowers or plants for judging. Visit http://enchantedmountains.com/events/2017/06/allegany-garden-festival-6378 to download a Container Garden Contest Form and submit it before the festival to Container Garden Contest, 3674 Geiger Hollow Road, Allegany, NY 14706. On the day of the festival, bring your container to the Hospitality Tent at 9 a.m., and the winner will be announced at 3 p.m. For more information about the festival, contact Mary Linda at (716)378-8001.

Saturday, June 17 is Randolph’s 45th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. along Randolph’s historic Main Street. Between 60 and 80 vendors will line the street with all kinds of items, including quilts, hand-made toys, soaps and scrubs, wooden décor items and more. Bring your appetite, as there’s no shortage of delicious foods, like kettle corn, taffy, fried dough, chicken barbecue and Italian sausage.

The Randolph Area Community Development has a variety of activities planned for the day. Children and families can enjoy the dunk tank, petting zoo, face painting and caricature artist who will be drawing throughout the afternoon! Enjoy a live performance from Randolph’s own Expressions Performing Arts Center dancers and music throughout the day courtesy of MJ’s Tavern’s DJ. Feeling lucky? Buy a raffle ticket to win a John Deere lawn mower, which will be raffled off at 5 p.m. (winner need not be present to win). Visit www.enjoyrandolph.org for more details!

The Allegany Engine Company will host its 81st Annual Old Home Week from Tuesday, June 20 through Saturday, June 24 at the Allegany Fire Department Grounds located at 188 West Main Street in Allegany. This exciting week features a carnival lot with rides provided by Powers & Thomas Midway Entertainment. Pre-sale tickets for rides are available now from any Allegany volunteer firefighter, the Allegany Village Clerk’s office, Allegany Community Federal Credit Union, Papasergi’s, or the Five Star Bank in Allegany (12 rides for $25). Proceeds benefit the volunteer fire company.

In addition to family friendly fun on the carnival lot, the week features various fire demonstrations, fire awareness and recruitment. On June 21, the firemen water fights take place at 6:30 p.m. Demonstrations continue on Thursday, June 22 and on Friday, June 23, the firemen’s annual kiddies parade begins at 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of Fifth and Main Streets. The Firemen’s Annual Grand Parade begins at 6:30 p.m. on June 24, with prizes awarded afterwards at the Firemen’s Park. For more information, visit http://www.allegany.org.

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