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Jamestown Gazette Staff
“I was really impressed by how much traffic the Arts and Crafts Fair brought to the vendors and to all the downtown stores,” said Mary Heyl, new director of the Randolph Community Development Corporation (RCDC).
On Saturday, June 20th, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the 43rd Annual Randolph Arts and Crafts Festival will take over Main Street, from the town’s main intersection to School Street in historic downtown Randolph and turn it over to street vendors with all kinds of beautiful hand-made wares and to the visiting pedestrians, rain or shine. Nearly 100 vendors were already promised by two weeks before the fair’s opening, and according to Heyl, more may be added to the list and even overflow the sidewalks and fill the streets. “Every year it just seems to get bigger and bigger,” Heyl said.
In addition, an entire side street, Bank Street just off Main, will be devoted to festival food of nearly every conceivable kind. Long time favorites, Fowlers Candy and Franklin Maple are only two of many popular and creative vendors returning to serve up popular fare from taffy to candy apples and lemonade, and from fried dough to burgers, dogs and blooming onions, with snacks and beverages of every other kind to fill in the gaps.
“Get ready to kick off summer on Main Street,” Heyl said. “The day also includes raffles and contests, such as the Beautiful Baby Contest and the Dog Show.” In addition to the vendor’s booths and displays under their own tents, according to Heyl, the downtown stores along Main Street will also welcome guests and visitors with their own fine goods, foods and wares. Heyl, herself a knitting enthusiast and new Randolph resident, recently joined her mother, Dianne Valvo, in running Yarn For Ewe, a sewing craft store and café which Diane recently moved from Kennedy, NY to Randolph.
This family-friendly event also offers face-painting and games for children and a petting zoo and the Birds of Prey display, sponsored by Eagle Dream Rehabilitation Center. Cattaraugus County Bank is sponsoring the Bounce House, and free hay rides will be provided by Camp Li-Lo-Li. A Dunk Tank, sponsored by Randolph Retail Company and Simply Natural Alpaca Gift Shop will give everybody with a good throwing arm a chance to give somebody a good soaking for a good cause.
Live entertainment will include a performance by Old Dawg Bluegrass, the Jock-ular Juggler, who juggles kettle bells, basketballs, golf clubs, and more, and an amazing performance by a professional magician. The dancers of Randolph’s Expressions Performing Arts Center will also be performing on Main Street.
Other weekend events include the Randolph Library Book Sale from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20. The Masonic Lodge of Randolph is hosting a pancake breakfast at the Randolph Fire Hall from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. The Randolph Historical Society will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday with their display on Randolph businesses over the years. The popular Quilt Show will take over the Community Room of the Randolph Municipal Building from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.
For more information about Randolph Arts and Crafts Fair, visit www.EnjoyRandolph.org or “like” Enjoy Randolph on Facebook.