You will discover countryside interspersed with unique villages and hamlets set amidst a stunning landscape of rolling hills, deep valleys and picturesque streams. Weaving its way throughout is the historic Genesee River. Dense state and county forestlands and open fields beckon those who wish to experience the spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife in Allegany County.
Our communities invite you to share in our rural heritage: historic, cultural, and scenic. You would have to look far and wide to find the amazing diversity of people, places, and things which are all found right here in Allegany County.
Visit the Annual Spring and Summer Recreation Show, May 6th and 7that the Allegany County Fairgrounds, at I86 exit 31 in Angelica, New York. Everything you need to make your time in the sun more fun! See Jim Beverly’s Retriever Training, the New York State Police Dog Demonstration, Eagle Dream raptor display and more! Admission is just $3 and if you are under 10 years old your admission is free!
Info at 585-268-5500
Welcome to the 173rd Fair with a Country Smile, July 17th-22nd: The Allegany County Fair, in Angelica, offers free parking and a $10.00 gate admission which includes most fair activities - livestock, rides, music and much more! For more information contact 585-268-5500 or visit the fair web site at www.alleganycountyfair.org.
The 42nd Annual Great Wellsville Balloon Rally, July 21st-23rd: Launches of over 40 colorful balloons will take place at Island Park on Friday and Saturday evenings 6pm and on Saturday and Sunday mornings 6am. The Main Street Festival on Saturday begins at 8am and runs until 4 pm with sidewalk sales, vendors, crafts, children’s activities, music, and more. www.facebook.com/WellsvilleBalloonRally/
There is something happening in Allegany County every season! The festivals and events this summer and early autumn are endless.
Angelica Heritage Days on August 5th and 6th is like a walk in the past in the downtown historic district. The 13th Annual Cuba Garlic Festival held at the historic Empire City Farms on September 16th& 17th will feature garlic themed food, a wine and cheese tasting, live music, entertainment, and children’s activities.
Looking for a physical challenge? The SWAIN SWAMP STOMP & Obstacle Challenge is back at Swain Resort in Swain, New York.! The event is a 4 mile course consisting of over 16 obstacles, perfect for both the weekend warrior looking for a new challenge as well as the casual runner looking their first challenge. The course will be completely redesigned from last year so be ready for a fresh, new experience... complete with way more water stations! The Swamp Stomp is geared toward adults but minors can participate if running with an adult. The Li'l Stompers Challenge is a fun obstacle challenge for ages 5 - 12 years old. This year organizers are making it longer, more challenging, and a lot more fun!!! It all happens on September 9th and you can go to www.swain.com/swain-swamp-stomp/ to register!
Immerse yourself in battles torn directly from the American Civil War as Angelica, New York, hosts the Civil War Weekend September 22nd through the 24th. Skillful reenactors transport you back in time for three days. Spend time in a Confederate encampment, hear the roar of the cannon and develop a keen understanding of an era you have only read about. Admission is free but the experience lasts a lifetime.
Now an autumn tradition, over 47 artisans will display their work at 39 working studios on October 13th and 15th, 10am to 5pm, during the Allegany Artisans Tour. "Tourists" are encouraged to enjoy the vibrant fall foliage as they drive to various studios scattered throughout the scenic landscape of Allegany County. Many artisans present demonstrations, refreshments, and all offer a free raffle ticket for a piece of local artwork. For more information, visit www.AlleganyArtisans.com.
The RidgeWalk and Run is one of the most popular regional fall events. Choose from a multitude of spectacular trail walks and competitive runs. This is a one-of-a kind outdoor experience that weaves participants along the highest ridge in Western New York. On October 16th, participants have a choice between a 2, 6, 9, or 15 mile walk and a 5K, 10K, or rugged 15 mile trail run along the highest ridges of Western New York. All trails converge across a common finish line, with food, drinks, entertainment, and prizes waiting as a “reward.” Entry forms and information are available on www.RidgeWalk.com or call Jim Helms at 585-596-4053.
For free, full-color travel and outdoor guides, call the Allegany County Office of Tourism at 1-800-836-1869, or visit us online at www.DiscoverAlleganyCounty.com for a complete calendar of festivals and events.
Allegany County…another reason to say, “I Love New York.”