By Mary Heyl
Summer is in full swing in the historic village of Randolph, and every weekend provides something fun to do for visitors of all ages. Take advantage of sunny days and warm evenings by heading to Randolph, which is just 20 minutes from Ellicottville on Route 242. Whether one is looking to buy a unique treasure or spend a fun afternoon with the family, Randolph offers a variety of events this summer.
Bargain lovers, rejoice! Randolph’s famous Town Wide Lawn Sales are taking place this weekend, Friday and Saturday, July 21 and 22. Throughout the Randolph community, dozens of families will be hosting lawn and garage sales during the weekend, when one just might find a special treasure or two for a great price.
Not sure where to begin your day? Pick up the Town Wide Lawn Sale map, which includes the addresses of participating homes, at one of these locations: the Welcome Center of the Randolph Municipal Building, Inkley’s Pharmacy, Randolph Retail Company and Yarn for Ewe. Maps will be available at these locations on both Friday and Saturday. Be sure to check the map for homes that are participating on Saturday only and those homes that are participating all weekend long (Friday through Sunday).
The Randolph Toymakers organization is hosting its second annual 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, July 29. This non-profit organization makes wooden toys to donate to children in need throughout the area and operates entirely from donations. Proceeds from the race supply the organization with lumber, paint, and funds to maintain the tools and equipment in their workshop located at 26 Center Street in Randolph.
Pre-registration is $15 per runner and $20 on race day. Those who would like to pre-register can drop off or mail payment to the RACDC at 72 Main Street, Randolph, NY 14772. The first 150 registrants are guaranteed a t-shirt. The race begins at 8 a.m. sharp at 26 Center Street, and all runners or walkers are welcome to participate. The day includes a live band, barbecue, prizes, and goody bags for all participants. To learn more, call Dick Hall at (941)228-4919 or visit www.enjoyrandolph.org for more information, including the registration form.
The RACDC is hosting the second annual Randolph Area Veterans’ Appreciation Day on Saturday, Aug. 12. The day begins at 11 a.m. with a parade along Main Street to honor all veterans. All area veterans are welcome to march in the parade; any veteran who has served or anyone who is currently serving is encouraged to participate. If you have a family member who is deceased, was killed in action, is currently on active duty, or is otherwise unable to attend the parade, please have one family member bring a large photo of your veteran (8×10”) to carry in the parade and march with local veterans as they walk the parade route.
The parade route is down Main Street to Bank Street, and concludes on Jamestown Street at the Randolph American Legion. The Randolph Boy Scouts Troop will be serving grilled hot dogs to veterans and their families during this fun time of food and fellowship!
Parade line-up begins at 10:30 a.m. at the truck stop (7-Eleven parking lot) just off the Randolph exit (exit 16) of I-86. Floats are welcome to participate, but no fire trucks/emergency vehicles. Any veteran unable to walk the parade route can contact the RACDC at (716)358-9701 ext. 208 by Friday, Aug. 4 so arrangements can be made to ride on a wagon/trailer on that day.
For more information about Randolph businesses and upcoming events, visit www.EnjoyRandolph.org. Visitors can also contact the Randolph Area Community Development Corporation at (716)358-9701 ext. 208 or find Enjoy Randolph on Facebook for up-to-date announcements and event photos.