By Rick Miller

The 20th annual Hollywood Happening to benefit Gowanda’s Historic Hollywood Theater will be held June 1-3 in Gowanda.

Proceeds for the weekend will go to the fund for the restoration of the Hollywood Theater, which is entering its final stages.

Built in 1926 by industrialist Richard Wilhelm, the theater replaced a similar one that was destroyed by fire in 1924. It remained open to the public until 1992 when the theater closed its doors.

A few years later, a grassroots group formed with the intention of restoring the historic theater. The Gowanda Area Redevelopment Corp (GARC), has been guiding the volunteer-driven fund-raising and restoration efforts.

This year’s Hollywood Happening fires up on June 1 with a Harley-Davidson demonstration fleet at Harley-Davidson of Gowanda from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors open at 3 p.m., along with the beer tent. You can also register for Saturday’s Wicked Glen Tattoo Contest and Sunday’s Snyder-Farey All State Insurance Ride-in Bike Show at the insurance company tent on Main Street.

Friday night’s Bike Parade will line up at 6:30 at Gowanda Harley Davidson and leave at 7 o’clock. It will arrive downtown at 7:30 p.m. Friday night’s entertainment is Barking Spiders at the Seneca Gaming Stage.

On Saturday, Motorcycle Stunt Show sponsored by Gowanda Harley-Davidson will be held at 1, 3 and 5:30 p.m. on Center Street. Also, “Rebel on the Highway,” an independent biker movie will be shown in the theater at times to be announced on Saturday and Sunday. The Harley-Davidson Demonstration Fleet will be at Gowanda Harley Davidson from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Registration for the J.C. Seneca Foundation Charity Ride With Pride is at 11 a.m., with the ride starting at noon. Vapor will take the Seneca Gaming Stage from noon to 3 p.m. The Wicked Glen Tattoo Contest starts at 3 p.m. Turbulence plays at the Seneca Gaming Stage from 5 to 8 p.m. The Chicago Authority will perform from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Sunday’s events include Rhett Rotten’s Wall of Death motorcycle stunt show from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Center Street. Registration for the Allstate Insurance Ride-in Bike Show will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, with voting from noon to 4 p.m. in the VIP Tent.

The beer tent opens at noon, and Buffalo Dereck will perform on the Seneca Gaming Stage from noon to 3 p.m., and Buffalo Barnstorm Band will play from 4 to 7 p.m.

The closing ceremony which will include a raffle drawing, bike show winners and the winner of the 2018 motorcycle grand prize will be held at 7 p.m.

For a complete schedule of the Hollywood Happening go to