13th Annual Bonagany
Attn Festival-goers: Waivers are required to use the free amusements like the balloon inflatables. Participants must be 18 to sign for themselvs, those under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign for them. Waiver forms will be available in the Bonagany Tent on Main Street near the Town Hall or you can Download Forms Below. Thank you.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 23, 2017
Thirteenth Annual Bonagany Festival to Be Held September 23rd - By Lori Bennett-Kolasa
Bonagany Festival 2017 will be our thirteenth year of celebrating friendship between the community of Allegany and St. Bonaventure University! Bonagany has something to offer for everyone in the family. Children will enjoy a variety of free activities, including several large inflatable amusement, a caricature artist, Gravitational Bull juggler show, photo booth and more all for free. The festival offers adults the opportunity to enjoy the work of regional artists, local eateries, festival food, and local music acts. The festival was founded in 2005 with the mission of celebrating both the community of Allegany, NY and St. Bonaventure University and the friendship between them. 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. This year will feature music all day beginning at 11am with The Chumps, Channel Six Band from 12-1pm, not Norman from 2pm-3pm, Sticktights from 3pm-4pm, and Digginâ€™ Roots Band from 4pm-5pm. A juggling act by Gravitational Bull will perform under the music tent from1pm-2pm. The very talented Aileen Wintermantle and Daveen Horton of The Honey Punks will also be performing between music acts! Our vendors include Prince Charmings childrenâ€™s clothing, Uniquely You by Maria jewelry and belt chairs, Sadri Jewelry, Razmataz Unique Gift Shop, Tastefully Simple, Lindsey Vosslerâ€™s homemade crafts, St. Johns Lutheran Church cookies and water, Gourmet Creations by Kim Believers Chapel free coffee, Yellow Bird Bow-Tique, John Duggan laser engraved plaques and signs, C & K Creations fused glass and sea glass jewelry, Rustic Originals country primitive crafts, Charming Accents jewelry and hand painted pebble jewelry, Young Living Essential Oils, Inspiring Grace Soap Co., Valerieâ€™s Gallery jewelry, greeting cards, paintings, collages, art prints, Maryâ€™s Boutique little girlâ€™s clothes and accessories, Handmade by Shelby painted glassware, Bona Student Housing house tours, Kimâ€™s Crafts crochet items, Stephâ€™s Creations handmade jewelry, Good Times of Olean information booth, Mill Creek Floral Designs, Connieâ€™s Creations paintings on slate, canvas, wood, jewelry, Usborne Books & More, Friends of the Olean Library calendars and bottled water, Black Raven Pottery, Wild Spirit Education, Inc. environmental education, American Diabetes Association, Avon, Gwenâ€™s Gems jewelry and wine bottle creations, Allegany Woodworking, Sandyâ€™s Watercolors, Milk House Country Crafts, Nerium International, Perfectly Posh, Kelly Grangerâ€™s hand embellished dĂ©cor and JM Wood Designs. We will offer festival foods and treats from Fowlerâ€™s Taffy (taffy, caramel and candy apples, cotton candy and fresh squeezed lemonade), Creekside Dough (fried dough, pretzel dogs, chili dogs, French fries, chili fries, soda and water), Larryâ€™s Food Wagon (sausage sandwiches, steak sandwiches and hamburgers), Sinfully Delicious (taco in a bag, bbq pulled pork panini, sloppy joes, onion loaf, mozzarella sticks, C&P pizza, boneless wings, funnel cake, fried dough, churros kettle corn), Reeds Concessions (Curly Fries, hot dogs, lemonade) and Ask Kickinâ€™ BBQ ribs and wood fired pizza. In addition, Main Street businesses and restaurants will have their doors open for festival goers. Festival chairperson Lori Bennett-Kolasa, who has chaired this event for the last 11 years, encourages everyone to visit Allegany's Main Street on September 24th. 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 11 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 http://www.bonagany.org for more information. See you all on September 23rd!â€ť
2016 Committee Members:
- Chairperson - Lori Bennett-Kolasa
- Other Commitee Members - Bill Capozzi, Abby Cohen, William Kolasa, Rob DeFazio, Dominic Papasergi, Tim Peterson, and Kelly Wakefield-Wilber
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: