This weekend, check out the Olean Outdoor Festival at Bradner Stadium on Friday, Aug. 25 from 5 to 11 p.m. and on Saturday, Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The festival is being led by Jamie Hamed of Amped Up Events, LLC and features a river regatta, archery competition, 5K color race, camping, wine tastings, tons of door prizes, and plenty of great company.
Both days of the festival will offer food and craft vendors, a beer tent, three bounce houses, brush on tattoos, camping, yard games, LandPro Equipment with John Deere, Jim Coast Sales and Service with an array of ATV`s, Larry Spaac and Auto Choice of Olean with some awesome car deals, and Bob McKerrow & Sons with campers and RV`s.
The festival will kick off on Friday with the “In Jest” Comedy Show by Dan Viola and Nels Ross and live music provided by Vapor. The night will close with a massive display of pyrotechnics provided by the notorious Skylighters Fireworks of New York.
Saturday starts with a 5K Color Race for bikers, runners, walkers or skaters, this will be followed by a regatta for kayaks, canoes, paddle boards or tubers along the 6.75-mile dice run river regatta, right on the beautiful Allegheny River. Meanwhile, hunters and competitive archers can challenge their skills with the archery shoot. Prizes will be awarded to contest winners for all events. When hunger strikes from a day of activity, everyone can take part in voting for the areas best chicken wing from several local restaurants and sample wines from a few great wineries.
Hamed plans to wrap up the festivities on Saturday with live music from Darkwater Duo, alongside a campfire.
Admission is only $5 for adults, $3 for kids 8 to 16 and free for kids under 8, with $2.00 off presale tickets available at GOACC. Camping spots and extra parking are available in Forness Park.
Come on out and bring the whole family for a ton of fun while supporting area charities such as The Rehabilitation Center, Homecare Hospice, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and more.
Of course we still need another handful of volunteers. Hamed has set it up so each volunteer can raise $5 per hour of work toward the cause or fund of their choice. Volunteers will also get a free T-shirt, admission for the day and free drink and food tickets.
In closing Jamie Hamed had this to say, “I`m counting on you Olean and WNY, please don’t let me down.”
To sign up for any of the events, to volunteer or to be a sponsor, please visit the website www.oleanoutdoorfest.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.