By Mary Heyl
Spring is in full swing, and there’s no better place to start enjoying it than the historic village of Randolph, NY.
The Randolph Area Community Development Corporation (RACDC) is hosting its 45th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday, June 17 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 a day of entertainment, contests, and raffles is sure to keep visitors busy. There’s something fun for everyone to enjoy in Randolph all summer long!
On Bank Street, dozens of food vendors will be set up, including new vendors and long time favorites.
MJ’s Tavern, one of Randolph’s newest restaurants, will be set up with their popular “slammer burgers” and other goodies, like deep fried macaroni and cheese bites. New for the 2017 festival, MJ’s Tavern will also host a beer tent at the end of Bank Street. Other food vendors include Fowler’s Taffy and Franklin’s Kettle Corn, as well as Randolph Lions Club’s popular Italian sausage and burgers. Looking for a sweet treat? Get to the festival early for a delicious homemade Amish donut—available while they last!
Entertainment is a big part of the Arts & Crafts Festival. This year’s lineup includes a DJ who will be playing music throughout the day. At 1 p.m., Main Street will be taken over by Randolph’s Expressions Performing Arts Center’s dancers, who will be performing right on the street. New for 2017: the “Tree Guys” of Jamestown will be hosting a chainsaw carving expo!
There’s lots to do for families and children, too. Sundance Farm Petting Zoo will be a part of the festival, and Eagle Dreams Rehabilitation will be set up with their live birds of prey display. The dunk tank, sponsored by Simply Natural Alpaca Gift Shop and Randolph Retail Company, will again be a part of the festival. New for 2017: get your portrait drawn by caricature artist Chris Schroeder of Erie, PA or get a beautiful design painted on your face by face painter Caren Hurlburt.
Although the festival takes place along Main Street, there are plenty of activities taking place on Jamestown Street, which runs parallel to Main Street. At the Randolph Library, children’s author and artist Barbara Gibbon will be signing copies of her newest book “Animal Homes ZXA: an Out of Order Alphabet Book” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Next door, the Randolph Historical Society will be hosting a local history display about area churches over the decades.
For those competitive visitors, the Arts and Crafts Festival promises several opportunities to get involved. The Dog Show, in which visitors can enter their dogs in one of the various categories for judging, is taking place at 11 a.m. All dog show entrants register at the RACDC information booth in front of Community Bank, N.A. beginning at 10:30 a.m.
At noon on the front lawn of Senn-Sations Salon and Day Spa, the Beautiful Baby Contest will take place: all babies ages 12 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 RACDC will be selling raffle tickets for a brand new, John Deere D105 riding lawnmower at the information booth! This mower, valued at $1,500, is on display at Randolph Auto Supply on Jamestown Street in Randolph, where tickets are on sale now. The winner will be announced at the end of the festival (winner need not be present to win).
Interested in being a vendor at this year’s festival? There’s still space! Craft and food booths are 12×10’ and are available with access to electricity. New vendors are always welcome; contact the RACDC at (716)358-9701 ext. 208 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and a vendor registration form.
As you and your family plan your visit to Randolph, visit www.EnjoyRandolph.org to see everything this community has to offer. For updated news and photos about Randolph events, including the Arts and Crafts Festival, follow Enjoy Randolph on Facebook.