As Ellicottville’s oldest and largest event, Fall Festival, scheduled for Oct. 12 and 13 this year, is a huge economic engine for the village and provides a major trickle-down effect.
It benefits many not-for-profits along with our business community and our residents. Over $70,000 is generated in various donations from the festival events.
The popularity provides an opportunity to showcase our area and its attractions, converting many to become repeat visitors and second homeowners.
Organizers strive to provide a better-quality experience that will attract a demographic that truly wants to enjoy all the area has to offer.
“We’ve received valuable feedback from our members and residents based on the results of 2018 and we are confident this year’s festival will be our best to date,” said Brian McFadden, Executive Director of the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce.
The Ellicottville Fall Festival committee met recently to continue planning for the 44th annual event.
The Chamber presented their application to the committee which includes applications to the NYS Department of Transportation and the NYS Health Department both of which are extremely comprehensive and require input from the Village of Ellicottville, Police, Fire and EMS leaders.
The committee reviewed last year’s event and discussed several changes, including a reduction in the number of vendors and the Chamber’s continuing effort to raise the quality of vendors.
High on the priority list was a discussion on public safety. Local and County EMS organizations, as well as various state departments, will be meeting in the coming weeks to create and present to the committee a comprehensive management plan.
Members of the Fall Fest committee include Brian McFadden, Barb Pump and Dennis Eshbaugh of the Ellicottville Chamber; village trustees Greg Cappelli and Spencer Murray, who is also the committee chairman; Kelly Fredrickson, Code Enforcement Officer; Don Auge, Officer in Charge of the Ellicottville Police Department; Dan Kruszynski, EMS Chief; Assistant Chief Robert Germain and Chief Ed Fredrickson of the Ellicottville Volunteer Fire Company; Mark Chudy, Ellicottville DPW Supervisor; Cathi Gross, Assistant to the Director, and Robert Kuhn County, EMS Coordinator, of Cattaraugus County Office of Emergency Services; and Ellicottville Mayor John Burrell.