With eight Chamber of Commerce festivals behind us in 2018 and fresh off two hugely successful events, the Rock N Roll Weekend and the second annual Lacrosse Festival, the Chamber staff is ready to tackle the big daddy of them all, Fall Festival.
The Fall Festival, Ellicottville’s oldest and largest event, is a huge economic engine for the village generating more than $10 million in revenue and provides a major trickledown effect for all levels of employees, not-for-profits and residents who receive well over $70,000 from various donations and festival events they manage. The festival continues to grow in popularity and provides an opportunity to showcase the area and its attractions converting many to repeat visitors and second home owners. We are continually striving to provide a better-quality experience that will attract a demographic that truly wants to enjoy all the area has to offer. Based on this valuable feedback from our members and residents both full time and seasonal, we are confident that this year’s festival will be our best to date and will provide an excellent blueprint for future festivals.
With so much to do for mom, dad and the kids it’s no wonder this event attracts so many families from three states and Ontario. From the carnival rides and activities in the village to all the events and chairlift rides at Holiday Valley and HoliMont and don’t forget Pumpkinville just down the road.
This year there has been an increased emphasis on quality in terms of merchandise and food vendor products and each vendor must have a physical product to sell. (No more companies selling contracts etc.) Merchandise vendors have submitted photos and full descriptions of their products and their booth, while food vendors have been contacted to discuss their menus. In both cases, booth appearance is being improved with many vendor applications not being accepted. Better emergency vehicle and pedestrian traffic flows and reduction of vendor parking in the village is also a priority. The Chamber has designated two private lots and paid for parking passes for all vendors with penalties for non-compliance. While security within the Village has improved dramatically over recent years, concerns were raised regarding stricter enforcement of open containers and increased street patrols in the surrounding residential area. These issues were brought to the attention of the Ellicottville Police Department by the Special Events Committee and adjustments have been made.
The staff of the Chamber of Commerce wish to thank all involved in making the festival such a success. Special thanks to the DPW crew, Code Enforcement Officer, Ellicottville Volunteer Fire Company, Ellicottville Great Valley Ambulance staff, Village and Town board members, Ellicottville Central School students and staff for helping with the cleanup with donations being made to various school clubs. The Chamber would also like to thank local, county, and state law enforcement, the NYS DOT, County EMS, the Ellicottville Library for managing their information booth, shirt and poster sales, our great merchants, our resident and non-resident home owners and all the various service partners of the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce.