8th Annual Bonagany
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 2012
Eigth Annual Bonagany Festival to Be Held September 22
Allegany's Main Street will be buzzing with activity on September 22, 2012 from 11am-5pm for the seventh annual BonaGany Festival.
Bonagany 2012 has something to offer for everyone in the family. Children will enjoy a variety of activities, including inflatable amusements, wagon rides, the balloon man, a caricature artist, a juggler, local dancing showcases, and alpacas from Elderberry Farm Alpacas.
The festival offers adults the opportunity to enjoy the work of regional artists, local eateries, festival food, classic cars, and a line-up of local music acts including the Allegany Alumni Band, Us Too & Company, The Blues Brothers of Olean, The Wild Rovers, Living My Last Day, and Generations.
Once again, there will be a wide variety of local food vendors, including Larry's Food Wagon, A Taste of India, Prendergast Sausages, Fowlers Taffy, Christy's Old Fashioned Kettle Corn, Millie's Dawgs, and more! In addition, Main Street businesses and restaurants will have their doors open for festival goers.
The Cattaraugus County Arts Council is again proud to be a co-sponsor of the event and visitors can expect to enjoy the work of many regional artists including Dee Smith, Deb Eck, Joan Pingitore, Don Black, and Bill Smith. Executive Director Anne Conroy-Baiter commented, "BonaGany is a great opportunity for artists to expose their work to local residences as well as Bonaventure parents from Buffalo, Rochester, and New York City. It's a small, easy festival for emerging artists to try out the festival experience so festival-goers will see a mix of established and emerging artists. It's a fun day for everyone".
Bonagany was founded in 2005 with the mission of celebrating the friendship between the village and town of Allegany, NY and St. Bonaventure University. Held on Bonaventure's annual Family Weekend, the festival showcases the best of St. Bonaventure University and offers a great opportunity for parents to get out and enjoy the community.
Festival chairperson Lori Bennett encourages everyone to visit Allegany's Main Street on September 22nd. She said of the event, "I am incredibly proud to continue to be a part of such an amazing community festival". Bonagany has grown over the past 8 years to become an event that everyone in Allegany and at St. Bonaventure University can look forward to. Our initial goal was to improve the relationship between the university and the community and I believe we've met that goal! Bonagany is truly a celebration for all to enjoy. We are always looking for new vendors, entertainers and musicians so please visit www.bonagany.org for more information, it's not too late to sign up and participate in this year's event! See you all on September 22nd!
2012 Committee Members:
- Chairperson - Lori Bennett
- Other Commitee Members - Rod DeFazio, Dave Dorson, Lance Jobe, Lynn Bergreen-Johnson, Moira Khettry, William Kolasa, Stephen Kuchera, Kristin Marsicovetere, Alex Nazemetz, Dominic Papasergi, Tim Peterson and Lisa Woodarek.
The goal with this festival is to further enhance the neighborly relationships between residents, the business community, local government and the University and to continue to build bridges that connect our families, churches, the school and the community.
The Bonagany Press Release form is in Adobe Acrobat Reader (PDF) format. A free copy of Acrobat Reader may be downloaded by clicking on the following image: