By Joe Wright, Director of Marketing & Development, EVGV Trail 

The 2015 summer event season in Ellicottville is in full swing, making the last month a busy one for the Ellicottville–Great Valley Trail Committee.

The committee sends a special thanks to Jane Eshbaugh at Holiday Valley for allowing the Trail Committee to set up at the Mudslide finish line at Yodeler Lodge on June 20.  The Committee sold 2014 Mudslide tee shirts donated by Holiday Valley and also raffled off an “All Things Ellicottville” gift basket. Thank you to all the local businesses that donated to the gift basket.

Also contributing to the Trail cause was Sanzo Beverage which donated four complimentary entries to the Tough Mudder in Andover, NY, on August 1 and 2.   A total of $387 for the day was raised to support the EVGV Trail through these raffles.

Mudslide Drawing winners:

“All Things Ellicottville” Gift Basket: Marcy Burkett of West Seneca, NY.

Two Tough Mudder Passes: Dan Steastrum of Jamestown, NY.

Two Tough Mudder Passes: Sam Ritchie of Little Valley, NY.

The EVGV Trail Committee also participated in the Summer Music Fest during the July 4 holiday weekend both at the Village vendor fair and at the Holiday Valley music venue.  Again, we raffled off an “All Things Ellicottville” gift basket, which was won by Bruce Levine of Olean, NY.  A total of $465 was raised throughout the weekend in support of the Trail.   Again, we thank all the local businesses that donated to the gift basket as well as Brain McFadden and staff at the Chamber of Commerce which provided the EVGV Trail space to set up our booth during the festivities.

The next event on the EVGV Trail Committee schedule is the Taste of Ellicottville, August 15-16. We will be raffling off another “All Things Ellicottville” gift basket, and if you are a local business and would like to donate items to the basket and/or sell pre-event tickets to the raffle, contact MJ Brown at Tangled Twigs (716) 699-2736 or email:

Working the booth for these events continues to be a great forum for the EVGV Trail Committee to interact in person with the Ellicottville–Great Valley community, updating residents and visitors on recent events and answering any questions relating to the proposed trail project.  As a committee, we continue to be encouraged by the support, positive feedback and demand for a multi-use recreational trail in the Ellicottville–Great Valley community.

Where the rubber meets the road (literally and figuratively speaking) is that setting up at community events and running basket raffles is just one piece of a well orchestrated puzzle needed to kick start this project and move it along.  The Committee needs help on all fronts and at all levels.  From federal, state and local governments in the form of grants, to financial and in kind contributions from the business community, to grassroots support from local citizens in the form of “likes,” “shares,” or “following” the EVGV Trail on social media.

If you build it Ellicottville–Great Valley, they will come – on foot, by bike, on roller blades, in strollers, on four legs and two.

The EVGV Trail Committee welcomes any and all support from any resident interested in helping out.  Online donations can now be processed at our website

Joe Wright

Phone: 716-984-5673

Twitter:  @EVGVTrail

Facebook:  EVLtrail