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There’s something fun for everyone to enjoy in Randolph all summer long! Spring is in full swing, and there’s no better place to start enjoying it all than the historic village of Randolph, New York!
The 45th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival, hosted by the Randolph Area Community Development Corporation (RACDC) will line the sidewalks of Main Street in downtown Randolph on Saturday, June 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Dozens of craft and food vendors will display and sell their handmade wares and tasty treats all day long, and a day of entertainment, contests, and raffles is sure to keep visitors, adults and kids alike, busy.
Old Favorites and New Attractions
There’s a lot New going on this year! On Bank Street, dozens of food vendors will be including new vendors and long time favorites. MJ’s Tavern, one of Randolph’s newest restaurants, will be set up with their popular “slammer burgers” and goodies, like deep fried macaroni and cheese bites. New for the 2017 festival, MJ’s Tavern will also host a beer tent at the end of Bank Street! Other food vendors include the popular Fowler’s Taffy and Franklin’s Kettle Corn, as well as Randolph Lions Club’s popular Italian sausage and burgers. Looking for a sweet treat? Get to the festival early for a delicious homemade Amish donut—available while they last!
Entertainment is a big part of the Arts and Crafts Festival! This year’s line-up includes a DJ playing music throughout the day. At 1:00, the festival moves into the street. Randolph’s Expressions Performing Arts Center’s dancers will dance their way right out onto Main Street. New for 2017: the “Tree Guys” of Jamestown will host an exciting chainsaw carving expo!
Sundance Farm Petting Zoo will bring their kid-friendly, furry friends to the festival to for the children to watch and pet and enjoy, and Eagle Dreams Rehabilitation will set up their live birds of prey display. And it wouldn’t be a festival without the dunk tank sponsored by Simply Natural Alpaca Gift Shop and Randolph Retail Company. New for 2017: get your portrait drawn by caricature artist Chris Schroeder of Erie, PA or get a beautiful design painted on your face by face painter Caren Hurlburt!
Although the festival is taking over Main Street, right over on Jamestown Street, parallel to Main, plenty more activities will be taking place. At the Randolph Library, children’s author and artist Barbara Gibbon will be signing copies of her newest book, “Animal Homes ZXA: an Out of Order Alphabet Book,” from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Next door, the Randolph Historical Society will be hosting a local history display about area churches over the decades.
For competitive visitors, the Arts and Crafts Festival promises several more great opportunities. The Dog Show begins at 11:00 a.m. Visitors are invited to enter their dogs in one of the categories for judging. Simply register your dog at the RACDC information booth in front of Community Bank, N.A. beginning at 10:30 a.m. At noon on the front lawn of Senn-Sations Salon and Day Spa, the Beautiful Baby Contest will take place: all babies, ages 12 months or younger, are invited to participate in this fun event sponsored by Randolph’s favorite salon. Registration begins at 11:00 a.m. at the salon.
Feeling lucky? Throughout the day, the RACDC will sell raffle tickets for a brand new, John Deere D105 riding lawnmower at the information booth! This mower, valued at $1,500, is on display at Randolph Auto Supply on Jamestown Street in Randolph, where tickets are on sale now. The winner will be announced at the end of the festival (winner need not be present to win).
Interested in being a vendor at this year’s festival? There’s still space! Craft and food booths are 12 by 10 feet and are available with access to electricity. New vendors are always welcome; contact the RACDC at (716)358-9701 ext. 208 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and a vendor registration form.
As you and your family plan your visit to Randolph, visit www.EnjoyRandolph.org to see everything this community has to offer. For updated news and photos about Randolph events, including the Arts and Crafts Festival, follow Enjoy Randolph on Facebook.