Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development is preparing for the first annual WILMA “buy local” event to be held Oct. 18–20, 2013, in the Corporate Building on the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds, Little Valley, N.Y.

WILMA (We Invite Local Manufacturers & Artisans) is a three-day event that will start with a kickoff symposium Friday, Oct. 18. The two-day expo event will run Saturday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 20, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. There will be no charge for the public to attend.

The family-oriented expo event is scheduled to include items that are handmade or manufactured in Cattaraugus County by our local artisans and manufacturers. The event is intended to showcase all the items actually made here in the county and to promote buying local, just in time for the holiday shopping season.

Special activities are being planned for the children in the family. This event will be held rain or shine since it is indoors.

The department is seeking family-friendly manufacturers and artisans who will set up to display and sell their wares during the two-day expo. We would like to have a variety of vendors represented during the event.

To register, the person/business must be located in Cattaraugus County and must make something — this event is specifically for manufacturers and artisans.

Tables are on a first-come, first-served basis and preregistration is required. An early-bird registration rate of $10 is being offered for those registering by July 31. Registration will cost $20 after this date. Registration will close on Sept. 15.  Space is limited, so register early.

Contact Lenora Leasure at (716) 938-2311 or email her