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Cattaraugus, Allegany Counties Showcased on Amazon in ‘Fireball Run’

Cattaraugus County attractions, and some in Allegany County, are enjoying some of the national spotlight in Season 10 of the television show “Fireball Run.”

Episodes of the 26-episode adventure-travel series — which premiered on Amazon Video in January — spotlight the history and people of Western New York, with filming occurring locally in September of 2016.

The village of Allegany, with Mayor Greg Pearl, volunteered to be the backdrop for the Green Flag Start location of Season 10, which coincided with Bonagany on Sept. 24, 2016.

“Fireball Run” is best described as a contest, history and travel show combined. Filmed in real-time, the eight day, 2,000-mile journey of 40 driving teams as they receive several clues which, if solved, lead to rare, historic or epic experi“Fireball Run” chronicles ences. The race covered New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

The Seneca Salamanca Chamber of Commerce and the Cattaraugus County Tourism office brought together attractions in the county that could be featured, says Jacquie Gardner, county tourism specialist.

These locations included:

• St. Bonaventure University’s Rare Book Collection, with a Medieval scroll manuscript from the 1300s written on 18 feet of sheep skin.

• The Ischua Valley Historical Society and the Miner’s Cabin in Franklinville.

• Della Moore, of Olean’s African American Center for Cultural Development, teamed up with the IVHS and captured one of the more emotional scenes of the show, when contestants were able to view and hold an extremely rare original trade agreement between slave owners.

• The Hinsdale House dared contestants to be brave enough to enter the house and capture their bravery via a selfie.

• The Allegany Library, where contestants were “locked up” in their vault.

• Seneca Salamanca Chamber organized the locations of The Salamanca Rail Museum, Allegany State Park and the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum.

Contestants got to be the conductor of the model train located in the Salamanca Rail Museum, climb all the way to the top of the Summit Fire Tower in Allegany State Park, and touch a historically significant Wampum Belt in the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum.

“Being able to view The Fireball Race through Amazon Prime gives our community an unprecedented opportunity for everyone around the globe to share the beauty and the rich history of our area,” said John Sheehan, executive director of the Seneca Salamanca Chamber of Commerce.

Contestants stayed at Holiday Valley Resort, adding to the challenges with contestants going down the Mountain Coaster. While in Ellicottville, they also had to seek out the Trivial Pursuit House and snap a photo while in front.

“Our involvement in the race not only increased the visibility of Cattaraugus County, but also with the relationships that were formed, we have already have seen positive results for the county,” Sheehan said.

The series is distributed by Amazon online and is free for Prime members. The entire 10th season of “Fireball Run” is also available to download at Amazon.com.

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