Friday, May 13, 2011

Summer Music Festival:Ellicottville expands music festival

Ellicottville has expanded its annual "Summer Festival of Music" for a day in an effort to attract more people to the popular destination Cattaraugus County.

In recent years, the music festival lasted two days, but officials said a third day to create a bigger focus in Ellicottville as year-round tourist and holiday destination. The decision to add the third day is presented as Holiday Valley Ski Resort prepares to welcome two new attractions that will appeal to more people over a period of 12 months.

"There is still a large percentage of the population near Ellicottville is only thinking about skiing and the Oktoberfest," said Brian McFadden, Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce executive director. "They do not realize what a jewel we have here in the summer."

That is one reason why we added a third day music festival.

Rusted Root, a popular jam band, will headline the July 1 in a break between the valley and ski resorts Holimont. Rusted Root comes to the stage at 8 pm

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will be held on July 2 and KC and the Sunshine Band concludes the festival on 3 July. Fireworks will accompany the BPO concert.

"This year, we are appealing to three particular demographic," said McFadden. "A young, the sharpest public (Rusted Root), family (BPO) and many more than 40 (KC and the Sunshine Band)."

Rusted Root tickets are $ 20 in advance and $ 25 at the door, while the BPO and KC and the Sunshine Band tickets are $ 30 each or $ 35 at the door. Tickets can be purchased through the Ellicottville Chamber.

The Jefferson Street Art and Craft Show will also take place from 10 am to 5 pm on July 2 and July 3.

Holiday Valley, from May 21 to open its air Sky High Adventure Park, a high ropes field competition. Sky High is open on weekends through June 12 and then to June 8 to September 5.

Mountain Valley Rental rollercoaster ride, which is under construction, will open early July. The 284-high mountain is being built on the slopes of Holiday Valley slope. Passengers can check their own pace, each railroad car, as in zigzag by a decrease of 2,000 feet of course.

"Families love these two new attractions," said McFadden. "Interestingly, Holiday Valley is also seeing interest from companies wishing to use Sky High as a great opportunity for team-building companies."
Sky High has eight separate courses of varying difficulty.

Read more: Ellicottville music festival expands | Business First

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