Randolph To Host 46th Annual Arts And Crafts Festival Saturday

On June 16, festival-goers will enjoy the anticipated 46th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival in downtown Randolph where talented crafters, artisans and food vendors will offer their wares. Submitted photo

RANDOLPH — Festival lovers come from all over the area are expected to attend the Randolph Arts and Crafts Festival in downtown Randolph. Now in its 46th year, the one-day show will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine.

Hosted by the Randolph Area Community Development Corporation, the event will showcase the wares of many crafters and artisans who will display their handmade items along Main Street.

Deb Miller, RACDC executive director, said about 70 craft and food vendors are expected to feature items ranging from handmade birdhouses, jewelry, jellies and jams to wreaths, soaps, candles, and country primitive decor. There will also be activities for kids.

New this year is the homemade, handcrafted Cardinal Contest. Miller said participants are asked to bring their entry to the RACDC booth by 9:30 a.m. on the day of the festival. People attending the festival will vote for their favorite all day long.

“We will be having Caricature Artist Chris Schroeder of Erie, Pa., again this year from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vince the Tree Guy will be doing his chainsaw carving demonstration again this year,” she said.

Back again this year is the popular dog show that gives owners the opportunity to show off their pooch and win a prize. All dog show entrants must register at the RACDC information booth on the corner of Bank and Main streets, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The show will start at 11 a.m. with the dogs and their owners parading down Main Street for all to see, followed by judging and awards.

The festival would not be complete without the Beautiful Baby Contest. Sponsored by Senn-sations Salon and Day Spa, it’s a favorite event where proud moms and dads can win bragging rights, as well as a prize. The contest will take place at noon on the lawn of the salon at 150 Main St. Registration for babies 12 months and under starts at 11 a.m.

The dancers from Expressions Performing Arts Center will present a special performance on Main Street near Triangle Park at 11:30 a.m. Kokomo Time Band will provide musical entertainment.

The Randolph Historical Society will offer tours throughout the day during the festival. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the Jack Berger Collection of photo journalism and articles written by the late Jack Berger, recently donated by his family.

People who love to read will enjoy the “free book give-a-way” at the Randolph Library where cases will be filled with all kinds of books that are free for the taking.

Once again, RACDC will be raffling off a John Deere Riding Lawn Mower with proceeds benefiting RACDC. Tickets are $5 each or 3/$10 and can be purchased from Randolph Retail, Randolph Auto, the municipal building, and the Randolph branches of Community Bank and Cattaraugus County Bank. Tickets will also be available the day of the festival. A Rustic Wood Carved Cardinal will also be raffled off with tickets for $2 each or 3/$5. Those tickets will only be available the day of the festival.

To find out more details, call RACDC at 358-9701, ext. 208, emailracdc@randolphny.net, or visit online at enjoyrandolph.org and Facebook/Enjoy Randolph.