By Mary Heyl

Now that spring is here, arts and crafts festival season is right around the corner, but you don’t have to wait until summer to enjoy the work of local artisans and crafters! Whether you’re interested in taking Mom somewhere fun for Mother’s Day or bringing along the guys to the Cruise Against Cancer Car and Craft Show, there’s lots of fun in store next month. Read on to learn about upcoming arts and crafts shows in Cattaraugus County!

Owners Dale and Cindy Smith invite you to attend the 7th Annual Arts and Crafts Show on Saturday and Sunday, May 13 and 14 at Rock City Park. Located at 505 Route 16 South in Olean, Rock City Park has been welcoming visitors since 1890 to experience one of the largest natural displays of quartz conglomerate in the world. This year’s show is sponsored by the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, the Bradford Chamber of Commerce, and Cattaraugus County Tourism and promises to be an even bigger event than ever.

The show takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Art vendors will be provided with indoor space, and craft vendors will be both inside and outside throughout the weekend. Visitors can expect to see returning artists and crafters as well as newcomers who will be displaying a variety of work including watercolors, oils, sculptures, photography, jewelry, glass, metals, woodwork and more.

Although there is no separate entrance fee for the show, regular admission rates for Rock City Park apply. Adult admission is $5 and children’s admission (ages 6 to 12) is just $3. Interested in participating as a vendor in this arts and crafts show? Visit for vendor registration forms or call Cindy Smith at (716) 560-8579.

Relay for Life of the Fairgrounds is hosting the Cruising Against Cancer Car & Craft Show on Sunday, May 21 at the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds in Little Valley from noon to 4 p.m. Sherry Charlesworth, Event Leader for the Relay for Life of the Fairgrounds, invites everyone to come out and enjoy this fun event for the whole family. Proceeds benefit the Relay for Life, which is an annual event that raises money for the American Cancer Society.

Relay for Life of the Fairgrounds is comprised of two teams: Team Walk this Way, of which Charlesworth is Team Captain, and Team Walk that Way! According to Charlesworth, this is the third year of the car cruise-in and the second year that this event has included a craft show. Crafters will be set up both outside and inside the fairground’s corporate and domestic buildings. Cars will be outside unless it rains, in which case they will be relocated under the covered animal barns.

So far, there are almost 50 craft vendors signed up for the show, and there will be a wide range of crafts and products for attendees to choose from, including quilts, crocheted/knitted items, woodwork, metal sculptures and jewelry. Charlesworth explained that there are also direct sales vendors with products including Tupperware and Pampered Chef. Vendor applications are still being accepted; those who would like to receive an application can email

Charlesworth is looking forward to another great cruise-in and welcomes classic car owners to participate. Car owners can pre-register (email or register on the day of the show. The first 100 cars will receive a dash plaque commemorating the event.

The day also includes concessions, such as hot dogs and hamburgers, which benefit Relay for Life. Local deejay John Barry will emcee the event, which promises to be a fun day for all! For more information, contact Charlesworth at (716)244-2344 or email

Whether it’s hand-crafted one-of- a-kind items, tasty treats, or simply a beautiful day outdoors with friends and family, no matter what you enjoy about arts and crafts festivals, you’re sure to find it at one of these great area events! And stay tuned to the Ellicottville Times for more about upcoming arts and crafts festivals.