By Mary Heyl

Looking to enjoy the final weeks of summer with your family? Take a drive to the historic village of Randolph, where every weekend provides something fun to do for visitors of all ages.

Interested in exploring Randolph’s historic downtown? Make it an unforgettable experience by driving down Main Street in a brand new Chevy!

On Saturday, August 27th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Randolph Area Community Development Corporation is partnering with Landmark Chevrolet to host a Drive for Your Community Day to raise money for the Randolph Community Fund to beautify downtown. Landmark Chevrolet is bringing a variety of brand new Chevys, including trucks, SUVs and sedans, for drivers ages 18 and older to test drive downtown. The dealership will make a donation to the community fund for every test driver. Test drives start at the parking lot of the United Presbyterian Church at 186 Main Street.

Not only is this a great time to take a no-pressure test-drive, but it’s a fun afternoon, too: enjoy free hot dogs and drinks, and indulge in the Church’s bake sale.

The Welcome Center of the Randolph Municipal Building, located at 72 Main Street, has a wealth of information on local shops and events, as well as maps of the Amish Trail, which begins in Randolph and takes visitors throughout Cattaraugus County’s Amish communities. These self-guided driving tours allow visitors to tour at their own pace.

For a truly unforgettable experience, take a guided Amish tour this summer with one of Randolph’s experienced local guides! Guided Amish tours are approximately three hours long and can be tailored to suit visitors’ interests, such as furniture making, baked goods, produce, quilts, hand-made toys and more. Contact the RACDC at (716)358-9701 ext. 208 to make a tour reservation (please make a reservation at least 48 hours in advance).

As the Amish reserve Sunday for religious and family gatherings, no businesses are open, so be sure to plan your visit for Saturday if you plan to spend your weekend exploring Randolph.

Summer is the perfect time of year to plan a visit to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Randolph Fish Hatchery, located just two miles east of the village at 10943 Hatchery Road. The Randolph Hatchery is one of just 12 hatcheries in New York State; these hatcheries stock fish in over 1,200 public waters across the state. The Randolph Hatchery mainly raises brook (aka “brookies”), brown, and rainbow trout, and stocks public waters in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, and Wyoming counties. Brookies are native to New York State and are the official state fish. Visitors are welcome to explore the hatchery year ‘round as it is open daily from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information, visitors can call the hatchery at (716) 358-4755.

The hatchery is also famous for the historic discovery of the “Randolph mammoth.” In 1934, pond excavators at the fish hatchery discovered the skull and both tusks of a Columbian mammoth that roamed the area some 12,000 years ago. These remains, which have been held at the state museum in Albany since their discovery, are now on display at the Cattaraugus County Museum in nearby Machias. Call the museum at (716) 353-8200 to plan your visit!

For more information about Randolph businesses and upcoming events, visit Visitors can also contact the Randolph Area Community Development Corporation at (716) 358-9701 ext. 208 or find Enjoy Randolph on Facebook for up-to-date announcements and event photos.