Vendors Wanted For WILMA?Weekend

LITTLE VALLEY – WILMA the Woolley Bear Weekend is a new event created by the Department of Economic Development, Planning & Tourism of Cattaraugus County that the department hopes will become a yearly one.

This event, We Invite Local Manufacturers & Artisans, is open to all artists and manufacturers that produce their items in Cattaraugus County. It is being held Oct. 18-20 in the Corporate Building on the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds, Little Valley. The three-day event will start with a kickoff symposium on Friday, Oct. 18 then the shop local/buy local expo event will run on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The family-oriented, expo event is scheduled to include items handmade or manufactured in Cattaraugus County by our local artisans and manufacturers. The event is intended to showcase all the items actually made in the county and to promote buying local, just in time for the holiday shopping season. Special activities are being planned for the children in the family. There is no rain date for this event, it will be held rain or shine since it is being held indoors.

The department is seeking family friendly manufacturers and artisans that will set up to display and sell their wares during the two-day expo. It is desired to have a variety of vendors represented during the event. Tables are on a first come first serve basis, and pre-registration is required by Sept. 15, space is limited.

If you are interested in joining the event, please contact Lenora Leasure at 938-2311, email at for further information, registration fees and requirements, or a vendor application.