OLEAN — Dozens of vendors, groups and events will greet visitors this weekend at the first StrOlean of the season.
This weekend was chosen for the event — now in its third year — as it coincides with the 136th Annual Alumni Reunion for Olean High School, said Meme Yanetsko, chief operating officer of the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce.
“We think it compliments it,” Yanetsko said, with many OHS graduates back in town getting to sample the best the area has to offer, and the big, busy weekend “will just help everyone in the long run.”
Events set for the day range from bicycle rodeos and dance lessons for children to places to shop.
“We’re at 48 signed-up participants,” Yanetsko said, with around 30 vendors, six food vendors beyond the restaurants along North Union Street, and the remainder being special events. “I think this is pretty good number-wise. It’s not as big as the first in August 2017, but I think it’s good.”
As of Monday, the National Weather Service predicted partly cloudy weather through the morning, turning to rain in the mid-afternoon and a high of 67 — but events will go on regardless of the weather.
Some of the scheduled events include:
Retired Brigadier Gen. Maureen LeBoeuf will host a book signing of her book, “Developing your Philosophy of Living & Leading One Moment at a Time” from 10 a.m. to noon in front of the Chamber.
Neighborhood School of Dance will host a free dance class for children. BeArena will host a soccer clinic at JCC.
The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office will host a bicycle rodeo for children at JCC, she said, with bike safety instructions and games. The Olean Cycling Club will host two rides starting at the Olean Center Mall.
“They are going to do one around the trail, and another 20-25 minute ride out on to the back roads around Olean and Allegany,” Yanetsko said, with the first at 10 a.m. and the second at 11 a.m.
Other groups will be holding events off of North Union.
The Olean Public Library will be participating from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on North Union Street, as well as hosting a carnival to kick off the Summer Reading Program from 1 to 3 p.m. The festival will include games, popcorn and prizes on the library grounds, corner of North Second and Laurens streets.
The Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels will host tours of the 100-year-old structure. Pfeiffer Nature Center in Portville will host one of its Woods Walks that day, as well, Yanetsko said.
GOACC has scheduled two more StrOlean events for 2019: Aug. 16, in conjunction with the Gus Macker basketball tournament; and Oct. 26.