Manufacturers, Artists and Artisans of County-Made Products Sought

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

This event is intended to highlight products made locally in Cattaraugus County. Whether you are an artist or manufacturer — as long as your product is made in Cattaraugus County — you are welcome to participate. It’s a great opportunity to introduce and sell your products to the public.

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. The event is free for the public to attend.

The family-oriented event is a great way to see local goods all under one roof — one-stop shopping at its most convenient. Buy local this holiday shopping season!

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, “The woolly bear caterpillar—with its 13 distinct segments of black and reddish-brown—has the reputation of being able to forecast the coming winter weather.”

So, along with local manufacturers and their products, Norm Marsh and Howard VanRensselaer, Cattaraugus County legislators, will be forecasting the upcoming winter with the help of WILMA the Woolly Bear!


There will also be a kids’ corner with all kinds of Woolly Bear activities, so moms and dads can drop off the kids and check out what Cattaraugus County has to offer. This event will be held rain or shine since it is indoors.

If you are a family-friendly manufacturer or artisan who would like to display and sell your wares during the two-day expo, this event is for you. The county would like to have a variety of vendors represented during the event, so give it a try.

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. Registration cost is $20. Registration will close on Sept. 15.  Space is limited, so please register early.


If you are interested in joining the event, please contact Lenora Leasure at (716) 938-2311 or email her for further information. You can also download a vendor application at