STROLEAN APPS * Retail * Food * Events


Final of 3 StrOlean Scheduled for October
September 13, 2021
The final edition of the three StrOleans is set for Friday, October 1. StrOlean is defined as an event to be held in throughout the Olean area; event goers are able to saunter, amble, wander, walk; and able to enjoy food, music, fine arts, classic cars and fun for all ages.  Hours for the StrOlean are 12 to 10 p.m.
A few events have already been scheduled for the October edition: The Out of the Darkness Cattaraugus County Walk and Tour of the Olean Fire Department Central Station.  The Walk will start and end at Lincoln Park on October 1 with registration at 5 p.m., and the walk takes place between 6 and 8:30 p.m.  To register or for more information, please email almann@cattco.org.
Olean Fire Department will host its third open house with a static truck display, fire prevention handouts for adults & kids and tour of the station also on October 1st.
There are three ways for businesses, organizations and school groups to participate – retail / information; food and events. 
GOACC is asking non-profits and for profit organizations to bring events to downtown. Some suggested event ideas include: Scavenger Hunt, Storytime, Historic Walking Tour, Step by Step Painting Class, Outdoor Yoga class, Make and Take Craft Night, Cheer / Dance competition, Strolling Chorus, Outside ZUMBA Class, Antique Car Show & Rally, Lip Sync/Singing Competition… possibilities are endless. 
Food trucks and restaurants in the area but not located on North Union Street – GOACC encourages you to fill out a food vendor app and come on down to StrOlean.  The Olean area is known for its fabulous cuisine and would like many food vendors to participate in StrOlean.
If you have an existing storefront in Allegany, Hinsdale, Olean or Portville, please let us know what you will be doing that day – whether it’s special sales, author book signing, or other events at your place – let us know.  There is an application to fill out, but there is not charge for those existing storefronts even if they are in / out of their store.
GOACC is also encouraging many vendors to come to downtown to display and sell their artisan items, catalog/home party, farm market stands, artwork, jewelry and more as a POP UP Market – a temporary ‘store’ front in downtown Olean.
Those interested in participating as a retail or food vendor or as a event organizer, please call for a registration form. For more information, please call GOACC at 716-372-4433 or email.



Running of the Squirrels Another Success

The 2nd Annual Allegheny River Running Fest was another success in the race books. Coming into year two, the ARRF committee was looking for another repeat of the event 2020 even with COVID last year.  “The ARRF ‘21 saw a slight decrease in participants this year with a total of 69 runners – 37 in the 10K and the balance in half.  But what we had this year that the first ARRF didn’t see last year, was other races!” reported Erica Dreher, GOACC Member Services Manager. 
The race timing company that GOACC uses, Race Management Systems does work for the majority of the races in Western New York.  The ARRF ‘20 saw 127 racers in its inaugural event. “Paul with RMS saw many event cancelations in the fall 2020 with our race being one of the few that actually was held and even though it was its first year, the ARRF did a great job,” added Mrs. Dreher.  “Many of our ‘21 participants were repeat runners from 2020 – so ARRF proved itself in being a competitive, serious event with a great and scenic course.” 
Statistics from the 2nd ARRF include: Half Marathon winners – Fastest female went to Stephanie Schmieg, Allegany NY with time 02:04:07 and Evan Miller, fastest male from Herndon, VA with time 01:24:01.  Mr. Miller was also the participant coming from the farthest – 318 miles.  The event also recognizes the last person to complete the half marathon – definitely not a joke, but to honor the determination and grit of the last through the timing system.  This person is awarded the last squirrel award.  The 2021 award went to Michelle Williams from Tonawanda, NY with an average pace of 13.00/mile.  Congrats. 
For the 10K race, award winners include – fastest female went to Sydney Towne, Franklinville; with time of 00:50:09 and fastest male went to Bob Ring, Olean with the time of 00:34:28. 
Ann More, Buffalo NY when asked what brought them to the ARRF, “Totally agree that our group of gals wanted a run last year and found this squirrel run.  We had such a good time in 2020, we brought the group back for the 2nd Annual.  Our circuit includes WNY and SWPA and we will be back next year!” 
Other statistics for the ARRF: overall participants 69 with two virtual runners in the 10K – one from Niagara-on-the-Lake Ontario and the other Youngstown NY.  Our oldest participant completing was from Buffalo NY, 73 years young, Barbara Sauer (competed in 10K); and the youngest was 17-year-old, Alli Watkins, Allegany (competed in half).  Held on the 20th anniversary of 911, the AFFR features patriotic colors, symbols and a contest for the MOST Patriotic Dress for the 10K and Half Marathon Race Divisions.  Winners were Althea Lorraine Odom (10K) and Jessica Weinman (half), each received a $25 Chamber certificate.  ARRF asked these winners what local fire department would they like to choose to have GOACC donate $250 to their general fund in honor of 911.  They both unanimously decided on the Allegany Volunteer Fire Department. 
“The committee decided on kids dash to be held this year – and although it was a late addition to the event schedule, there was four participants with ages ranging from 5 to 11.  We had them compete the 100-yard dash at War Vets separately as we were all proud of them challenging themselves. Times were not recorded although in jest the 11-year-old did beat his 9-year-old brother by a few seconds.” added Meme Yanetsko, GOACC COO. 
Jenn Ferguson of Olean and mother of three of the participants in the kids dash stated, “This kids dash was just great.  We appreciate the time it took for the ARRF to add this event – my children see me competing and cheer me on, so it was great for me to turn tables and cheer them on here.” 
This year’s ARRF is getting to the ‘FEST’ part of the title with the addition of several retail vendors and a food vendor on site with the beer trailer manned by GOACC. Dana Boser, licensed massage therapist was also on hand as he was available for both pre and post sessions. Mrs. Yanetsko added, “Plans have been a part of the ARRF from day one for more post-race activities and vendors and music and more.  It’s a work in progress.” 
“The committee will wrap up in late October and then get to work on some of the early duties of the 2022 event – securing the date in race calendars, the timing company as well as locations,” added Mrs. Dreher.  Tentative date for the ARRF III is Saturday, September 10, 2022. 
Race results are up and loaded on the website -- search for the Allegheny River Running Fest.  Participants are encouraged to view their results and print off their race certification and their running photos as they approached and then crossed the finish line. 
Next up for the Chamber are several more events: October 1 StrOlean; November 4 Annual Dinner and November 26 Santa Claus Lane.  For more information on the ARRF or other Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce events and activities, please call GOACC at (716) 372-4433 or










1, 2, and 3….. GOACC Brings You StrOlean Three Times in 2021
February 23, 2021
Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce held its first ever StrOlean August 2017.  This new event was defined as an event to be held in downtown Olean; event goers were able to saunter, amble, wander, walk North Union Street; and able to enjoy food, music, fine arts, classic cars and fun for all ages.
The first StrOlean was a huge success with more than 70 organizations uptown selling or organizing an event.  The Chamber’s Events Committee recently met and will host three StrOleans in 2021 all on Friday, June 4; August 13 and October 1.
“These dates are similar as to what we have done in the past.  We try our best to complement, rather than compete with, other events and functions happening in the region,” stated Erica Dreher, Members Services Manager. “With Gus Macker moving to June, it made sense to put that month’s StrOlean on that Friday of Macker.  The Chamber office doesn’t have anything in August, so we placed the second StrOlean there.  And it’s been hit or miss with the autumn weather in October, so we moved this to the first weekend in October,” added Mrs. Dreher.
StrOlean is also deemed an event to improve the quality of life in the greater Olean area, to showcase member businesses, and to encourage residents to patronize the many establishments in the greater Olean area.
“During this challenging time, GOACC is committed to the well-being of our employees, attendees and vendors.  We are dedicated to supporting the local communities in which our events are held,” added Meme K. Yanetsko, GOACC COO. GOACC is working hard to plan these events while carefully following guidelines provided by health officials.  GOACC will also be instituting several changes and additional measures to all of our events.  Please be patient with the Chamber as we all navigate through this constantly changing environment.
GOACC is encouraging businesses, non-profits and school groups to start now and plan to participate in one or all StrOlean.  For example, an organization or school group could host a 5K Run / Walk during the any edition.  There are several ways for one to participate at StrOlean, which can be fundraisers too! 
POPUP MARKET: If your business is a brick and mortar store, GOACC would like for you to host an event outside your store, host sales/info table inside/outside your store, or if you are a restaurant, we would like you to vend outside your store.  As an existing storefront, there will be no fee to participate. For those wishing to vend on North Union/State Streets, the Pop Up Market will include arts & crafts, artisans, catalog/home party, farm market stands, artwork, jewelry and more!
EVENT ORGANIZER: Is your organization looking for a fundraiser event?  GOACC is also encouraging organizations to come on down and create an event that would benefit their organization.   StrOlean would love to have organizations host events during the day such as: a planned Walk, Story Time, a tasting station, a sport demonstrations, 5K/1K Fun Run, outside fitness class, strolling chorus, children’s activities, and a bunch other ideas. There would be no charge to run the event.
Some past StrOlean events, included tire flipping competition, an outside yoga class, story time, roller derby with a track for bouts at the Olean Center Mall parking lot, a make and take craft class, a car show, Battle of the Lips, a planned walk, and a witty scavenger hunt.
FOOD SPOT: GOACC is encouraging food vendors to come and serve up some food. There is an application for those businesses wishing to open a Food spot during the StrOlean Fest.   For more information or registration forms, please call GOACC at 716-372-4433 or email events@oleanny.com.



Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce hosts many events throughout the year.  Specific event information is listed to the left under the event name.  Details such as schedule of events, registration, volunteer, fees, and sponsorship opportunities are all contained.

The Greater Olean Area has a wide range of events for all seasons and all ages!!  Please use the arrow buttons to search through to the month you are visiting our area.  Click on a specific event to get more information on that event if it has been provided.  Please contact the event organizers or GOACC ahead of time to ensure the accuracy of the events before you make any plans.  To add your event, please send all event information to GOACC by mail GOACC, 301 North Union Street, Olean, NY 14760; fax (716) 372-7912; or by email tourism@oleanny.com.