ELLICOTTVILLE - As the surrounding hills glow in brilliant color, Ellicottville once again hosts its ever popular Fall Festival.
On Oct. 8-9, Ellicottville's autumn festival is expected to attract tens of thousands of festival goers - making for a lively weekend of unique foods, an arts and crafts show, carnival rides, live entertainment and much more.
Administrative coordinator Heather Snyder said the fall festival event is Ellicottville's oldest and largest festival. She said it sort of has a life of its own and more than 350 vendors will participate in this year's event.
Ellicottville's Idol competition is back - sponsored by Shults Auto Group - and will take place on Sunday, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the village gazebo. The first place winner will receive a $100 gift card plus free vehicle maintenance for a year. A $75 gift card will be awarded the the second place winner, and the participant who places third will receive a $50 gift card. Registration will take place at the gazebo on Sunday at 10 a.m. and pre-qualifiers at 11 a.m.
At Holiday Valley, visitors will find a well supplied ski swap, chairlift rides, Mountain Shop sale, food, music, a 5K running race and a mountain bike race. On Saturday, the "Tommy Z Band" will play at the top of Mardi Gras from 12-4 p.m. and "The Strangers" will perform at the Cabana Bar from 3:30-7:30 p.m. "The Bone Shakers" will play at the top of Mardi Gras on Sunday, from 12-4 p.m. and "Party Squad" will perform from 3:30-7:30 p.m.
Chair lift rides are $2, with the money donated to various causes around Ellicottville. Chair lift rides are available on the Mardi Gras Xpress from 12-4 p.m., both Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting. At the top of Mardi Gras visitors can enjoy live music and chow down on a hot dog or sausage and a cold beer (cider too) as they look out over the spectacular scenery and brilliant colors. More music will be playing at the base area.
* This is a partial story. The full story will be in the Oct. 6 edition of The Salamanca Press and online in the e-edition. *