By Kellen M. Quigley

One of the hottest weekends of the year — both figuratively and literally — is back in Ellicottville for a four-day celebration of America’s independence.

In between the family picnics, outdoor adventures and hours relaxing out on the lawn, stop by Ellicottville for some great shopping and dining, some country western rodeo action and timeless music from some of the best performers around.

The whole thing kicks of Thursday, July 4 with the 31st year of the Ellicottville Championship Rodeo, held daily through July 7 at 6319 Sommerville Valley Road, just off the Sugartown Road.

As one of the largest rodeos in the Northeast, take a step back in time to wild and western non-stop action where the road ends and the west begins.

This Fourth of July weekend will bring over 350 rodeo athletes to town for several shows of man versus beast for great family entertainment.

On July 4, 5 and 6, gates open at 5 p.m. with the main events starting at 7 p.m. with fireworks! The gates open at noon on July 7 with the main events at 2 p.m.

This year’s rodeo is jam packed with 10 exciting rodeo events, along with Hardway Buckout Junior Bull Riding, contract acts and clowns.

The Ellicottville Championship Rodeo also invites our new generation to take part in the action by getting your stick horses ready for the kids stick horse race! Registration will take place before the rodeo. Make sure you come out and support your favorite cowboy or cowgirl!

Before the rodeo begins, come out early and enjoy the rodeo midway with mouth-watering chicken bar-b-que and a variety of delicious food.

Then on July 5, come downtown to Stroll the Streets of Ellicottville, a weekly event held every Friday this summer where you get the best deals the village has to offer.

The streets will come alive every Friday evening with live music and shopping and dining specials in many of the local shops and restaurants. Outside events and activities will also be here for the whole family, including face painting, balloon twisting, magicians, jugglers, stilt walkers, outdoor movies at the gazebo and more!

Events will vary from week to week and some are weather dependent. Read a full article in this week’s edition for more information.

Also on Friday, July 5, the festivities for the Summer Music Festival kick-off on Monroe Street in the village at 3 p.m. with “Bags & Brews for Roswell,” a fundraiser sponsored by ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Properties.

Sign-up for the Cornhole Tournament and listen to some great live music by Xprime, truly one band whose live show needs to be experienced to be believed, while tasting some of the best from our local breweries, winery and distillery.

Make sure to reserve your spot by in the cornhole contest by emailing

The festival continues Saturday, July 6 with Don Felder, former lead guitarist of  Eagles, who will take the stage at Holiday Valley. As a former member of Eagles, one of the most popular and influential rock groups of our time, Felder is a four-time Grammy award winner, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, New York Times bestselling author, amazing guitarist and captivating performer.

Before Felder rocks the slopes, Caitlin Koch will open the evening. Koch has graced the Summerfest stage a number of times, and we are so excited to have her back.

With so much going on, this will be a Fourth of July weekend to remember in the Enchanted Mountains. So pack up the car and make your way to Ellicottville, July 4 through 7.

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