Randolph Arts And Crafts Festival To Begin Saturday

RANDOLPH — Festival goers are gearing up for Randolph’s 47th annual Arts and Crafts Festival that will take place at Weeden Park Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine.

Hosted by the Randolph Area Community Development Corporation, the event is expected to have 78 crafters and artisans featuring items ranging from handmade birdhouses, jewelry, jellies and jams to wreaths, soaps, candles, and primitive country decor. Twelve food vendors will offer festival favorites including fried dough, taffy, curly fries, hot dogs, hamburgers, and pizza.

A Beautiful Baby Contest will take place at noon, with registration beginning at 11 a.m. at the RACDC information booth. Sponsored by Senn-sations Salon and Day Spa, all babies ages 12 months or younger are invited to participate in this popular, fun event.

The dog show is another festival favorite where visitors can enter their four-legged friends and the dogs will be judged in various categories. The exact location of the show will be announced prior to the event. All dog show entrants must register at the RACDC information booth, beginning at 10:30 a.m., and judging will begin at 11 a.m.

The Kokomo Time Band will perform from noon to 4 p.m. while dancers from Expressions Performing Arts Center will give a sample of their showcase at 2 p.m.

Caricature artist Chris Schroeder of Erie, Pa. will be sketching fun faces from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Vince Liuzzo, a local chain saw carver from Jamestown, will be demonstrating his craft live from noon to 5 p.m. Eagle Dream, Raptor Rehabilitation & Education will be set up with its live birds of prey on display.

Many events are planned throughout the day for the kids including Sundance Farms Petting Zoo. There will be three bounce houses. All-day bounce passes can be purchased for $5.

Throughout the day, RACDC will be selling tickets for a new, John Deere E110 riding lawnmower that will be on display at the RACDC information booth. Tickets are $5 each or three for $10. Prior to the festival, the mower will be on display at Randolph Auto on Jamestown Street, where tickets are on sale.

Tickets can also be purchased at Cattaraugus County Bank, Randolph Municipal Building, Randolph Retail and Inkley’s Pharmacy. The winner will be announced at the end of the festival and need not be present to win.

The Randolph Historical Society, 28 Jamestown St., will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, which is also during New York State’s Path through History weekend. Next door, the Randolph Library will have a book sale.

For more information, contact RACDC at 358-9701, ext. 208, or racdcny@gmail.com. Visit online at enjoyrandolph.org and Facebook/Enjoy Randolph.

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