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Get ready to celebrate Colden, along with plenty of local art, food and music, during the annual Colden Festival on Sept. 7 and 8.
Celebrate Colden Inc., which organizes the festival each year, moved this year’s event up two weeks to coincide with the 17th annual Colden Fall Car Show, according to chairman Jim Howe.
The car show takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8 at the Colden Fire Company on Route 240.
The Colden Festival is held in beautiful downtown Colden from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 7 and 8. The public is invited to come browse the many vendors, listen to great music and see fine art on display throughout the two-day event. Admission is free.
With roots dating back to 1967, the Colden Festival is one of the oldest art festivals in Western New York. It features an art show, where artists showcase and sell their works. Also included is a vendor area where artisans, crafters and unique vendors display and sell their goods.
In addition to art and music, Colden’s fantastic eateries will be open throughout the festival and will be serving their exquisite dishes. They include the Colden Country Inn, Colden Mill, Tipsy Goat Lakeside Grill, Colden Market & Cafe, Last Run and the Colden Country Kitchen.
The Bread of Life will host its annual Rummage Sale on Friday evening, as well as Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Their weekly Farmer’s Market will also take place on Saturday.
Plus the fun doesn’t end when the sun goes down! All Colden bars are featuring live music, so be sure to check out what’s happening at the Last Run, Tipsy Goat and Colden Mill.
Other attractions at this year’s festival include:
• Historical tours of the town on a horse-drawn wagon sponsored by the Buffum Association and the Town of Colden. Onboard the wagon will be Colden’s historical expert to point out various buildings and tell stories on the tour. Tours are free and run from noon to 3 p.m. each day;
• A Mac ’n’ cheese cook-off between local restaurants, voted by festival attendees. It’s free to participate!
• Live acoustic music each day; and
• Erie County Bookmobile will be on site all day on Sunday.
New this year, the Colden Lakes Resort will host a chalk artist and kids activities both days, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The festival provides a free shuttle service to transport festival-goers to the Fire Hall on Sunday, to the Bread of Life as well as the parking lots in town.
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