By Mary Heyl

Randolph is celebrating its 43rd Annual Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday, June 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dozens of craft and food vendors will line Main Street with their handmade wares and tasty treats, and the day is packed with live entertainment, contests, and raffles to keep visitors busy.

On the lawn between Bank Street and Forget-Me-Not Flowers and Gifts, a variety of entertainers are scheduled throughout the festival, starting with a performance by Old Dawg Bluegrass, one of the area’s most popular local bands. Next up is Bob Nickerson as the Jock-ular Juggler, a Pennsylvania resident and Guinness World Record holder who juggles kettle bells, basketballs, and golf clubs, among other sport-related objects!

Randolph’s Expressions Performing Arts Center’s dancers will be giving a performance this year on Main Street, and Hyam A. Shyster, professional magician, will be delighting the audience with his magic tricks!

For visitors with a competitive streak, the Arts and Crafts Festival promises several opportunities to vie for prizes.

Randolph’s Stillwater Feeds is sponsoring the Dog Show, in which visitors can enter their dogs in one of the various categories for judging. All dog show entrants may register at the triangle park near the intersection of Main Street at 10:45 a.m.; the dog-walk down Main Street starts at 11 a.m. and is followed by judging and awards.

At noon on the front lawn of Senn-Sations Salon and Day Spa, the Beautiful Baby Contest will take place: all babies ages twelve months or younger are invited to participate in this fun event sponsored by Randolph’s favorite salon. Registration begins at 11 a.m. at the salon.

Feeling lucky? Throughout the day, the Randolph Area Community Development Corporation will be raffling off a new portable barbecue set at its booth near Bank Street. This package includes a portable Weber grill, a set of barbecue tools, a heavy-duty Weber grilling mitt, a picnic table cover and a bonus 17-piece drill bit set! Tickets are $1 each or an “arm’s length” (12 tickets) for $5.


More Summer Activities


Summer is the perfect time of year to plan a visit to the Randolph DEC 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, brown and rainbow trout, and stocks public waters in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Wyoming counties.


The Randolph Hatchery is most known for stocking brook trout, commonly known as “brookies,” which are native to New York State and are the official state fish. According to Randolph native, Deb Everts, “The hatchery strips the eggs, fertilizes and incubates them and ships out the ‘eyed-eggs’ to other hatcheries in the fall.”


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, call (716)358-4755.


Children ages 3 -12 are invited to attend Camp Weeden in Randolph this summer. This affordable day camp takes place at Weeden Park in Randolph from June 29 through July 30. The program runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays. Children can participate in entertainment such as games and crafts throughout the day; snacks and lunch are provided at no extra cost.


Children may attend Camp Weeden for the entire program or for just the day! For more information, including registration forms and prices, call the Randolph Area Community Development Corporation at (716) 358-9701 ext. 208.


As you and your family plan your visit to Randolph, be sure to visit www.EnjoyRandolph.org to see everything the community has to offer. Once you’ve arrived, stop by the Welcome Center at the Municipal Building located at 72 Main Street. Information on Randolph businesses and events, as well as Cattaraugus County’s Amish Trail, is available there throughout the year.