Knock on Wood: GOACC Brings You StrOlean Three Times in 2020




When the events committee met last September in regards to the 2020 Events Calendar for GOACC, it was an unanimous agreement and approval of the slate and date of the events.  Major shift of the Gus Macker into June created a unique lineup where GOACC staff was stepping off April 24 with the home show and not resting until 141 days and 10 additional events later.
Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce is not alone in the aspects of literally tossing out the 2020 events calendar – at least for the first six months!  Meme K. Yanetsko, GOACC COO reported, “Like other organizations, we have had to change, reschedule and even postpone events to 2021.  The StrOlean, which began in 2017, has revamped its schedule and it will kick off the first edition of StrOlean on Saturday, August 15 (original), next up Friday, September 18th (this date replaces June), and will complete the trio of events on Saturday, October 3rd (original).”
StrOlean is defined as an event to be held basically anywhere in the immediate area -- downtown Allegany, Olean, Portville.  Event goers will saunter, amble, wander, walk the sidewalks; 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 through the greater Olean area selling or organizing an event.  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.
GOACC is encouraging businesses, non-profits and school groups to start now and plan to participate in one or all StrOlean.  For example, the Suicide Coalition in Cattaraugus County will host a 5K Run / Walk during the October’s edition.  There are several ways for one to participate at StrOlean, which can be fundraisers too!  Allegany SkatePark organizers are using one of the dates for a fundraising and an awareness raising event.
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. 
“There is no crystal ball for any of us to determine how StrOlean or any of the local events will look or play out this year.  We are hoping that those dates will be fit and work into our COVID19 environment,” added Mrs. Yanetsko.
As the state reopens, guidelines are being established.  GOACC is actively working with our Health Department to ensure a safe place to host any and all of our events.  Mrs. Yanetsko added, “Each of our events will have established guidelines as for the safety and well-being of our vendors, staff, volunteers and customers/attendees.”
In regards to GOACC’s other June events, the Chamber Clambake is rescheduled for Wednesday, August 5th  at Woodside Tavern on the Range; and the Corporate Challenge 5K Run/Walk is rescheduled for a fall date (announcing shortly).  For the two July dates, GOACC is on a holding pattern, checking in every two weeks with the committees as far as rescheduling or postponing.
Please keep an eye on the Chamber’s website for updates on events, Chamber news, and resources to help your business weather this trying time.  For more information on the Chamber or other GOACC events and activities, please call GOACC at (716) 372-4433 or email.





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