logo-WILMA-em-glow-webWILMA the Woolly Bear Weekend is a new event created by the Department of Economic Development, Planning & Tourism of Cattaraugus County that we hope will become a yearly one!

The buy local/shop local, family-orientated expo event, WILMA — We Invite Local Manufacturers & Artisans — will include items handmade or manufactured in Cattaraugus County by our local artisans, crafters and manufacturers. It is being held rain or shine Saturday, Oct. 1, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 20, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., in the Corporate Building on the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds in Little Valley, N.Y.

We have several special events planned during the weekend. On Saturday at 11 a.m., County Legislators Norm March and Howard VanRensselaer will announce WILMA the Woolly Bear’s winter weather prediction.

A kids’ corner will be available the entire weekend where the children can enjoy making crafts and coloring with our staff while you shop. Dream It! Do It! will be at the event with activities for the children and information for the adults. There will also be a coloring contest for the kids.  On Sunday at 1:30 p.m., we will hold a drawing for vendor gift certificates.

There will be something for everyone! Currently scheduled to attend are:

David Christian – rubber mats from recycled tires

Nancy Bowers – dolls and blankets

Ed Marsh’s Toys and Gifts – wooden toys and gifts

KMM Native Designs – native jewelry and hand painted items

Register Graphics – printed media

Ideal Tool System – John-e-Bar and other items

Hippy Sac – hip bags and purses

Deb’s Pieces – knitted, crocheted, and sewn items

Ken VanDeWalker – handcrafted jewelry

Rachel Nine – totes and bags

NC Originals – hand-sewn accessories

Milk House Country Crafts – wood crafts and floral wreaths

Snyder Manufacturing – Mr. Ratchet screwdrivers and domestic energy resources

Prince Charmings – handmade little boys’ apparel

Goode Girls – goat milk soaps

For additional information, please join the WILMA Woolly Bear Weekend Facebook group by going to https://www.facebook.com/groups/WILMA.Weekend/ or contact Lenora Leasure at (716) 938-2311, LALeasure@cattco.org. We hope to see you there!