RANDOLPH — Every summer, festival lovers have come from all over the area to attend the Randolph Arts and Crafts Festival. The event has a new home this year at Weeden Park on Saturday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine.
Deb Miller, executive director at Randolph Area Community Development Corporation (RACDC), said the event will be held at Weeden Park for the first time in 47 years. She said the new location was chosen because they hope to grow the event and incorporate more activities for kids, which was not possible on Main Street where they were land-locked.
Hosted by RACDC, the one-day show will offer a full day of entertainment for the whole family. The event will feature 78 talented crafters and artisans offering handmade wares and tasty treats ranging from birdhouses, jewelry, jellies and jams to wreaths, soaps, candles and primitive country décor.
There will be plenty of favorite festival foods offered by 12 vendors including fried dough, taffy, curly fries, hot dogs, hamburgers and pizza.
The Dog Show is back again giving owners the opportunity to show off their pooch and win a prize in various categories. Entrants must register their four-legged friends at the RACDC information booth, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Judging will begin at 11 a.m. The exact location of the show will be announced prior to the event.
Sponsored by Senn-sations Salon and Day Spa, the popular Beautiful Baby Contest will take place at noon when proud moms and dads can win bragging rights, as well as a prize. All babies ages 12 months or younger are invited to participate in this event. Registration begins at 11 a.m. at the RACDC information booth.
No festival is complete without music and dance. Enjoy the sounds of the Kokomo Time Band from noon to 4 p.m., and a special performance by the dancers from Expressions Performing Arts Center at 2 p.m.
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., caricature artist Chris Schroeder of Erie, Pa., will be sketching fun faces. Vince Liuzzo, a local chainsaw carver from Jamestown, will be demonstrating his craft live from noon to 5 p.m. Eagle Dream, Raptor Rehabilitation & Education, from Olean, will be set up with live birds of prey on display.
Activities for kids are planned throughout the day including Sundance Farms Petting Zoo, games and three bounce houses. All-day bounce passes can be purchased for $5.
RACDC will be selling raffle tickets throughout the day for a new John Deere E110 riding lawn mower that will be on display at the RACDC information booth. Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10. The mower will be on display prior to the festival at Randolph Auto, on Jamestown Street, where tickets are currently on sale. Tickets can also be purchased at Cattaraugus County Bank, Randolph Municipal Building, Randolph Retail or Inkley’s Pharmacy. The winner will be announced at the end of the festival and need not be present to win.
While the festival is taking place and in observation of New York State’s Path through History weekend, the Randolph Historical Society (located downtown at 28 Jamestown St.) will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Next door, the Randolph Library will have a book sale.
A town-wide lawn sale will be underway during festival hours. Maps will be available by Tuesday, June 11.