OLEAN, NY -- The 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 2018 all Fridays, June 8, August 17 and October 26.

“We are encouraging businesses, non-profits and school groups to start now and plan to participate in one or all StrOlean,” stated Meme K. Yanetsko, GOACC COO.  There are several ways for one to participate at StrOlean, which can be fundraisers too!

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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, but the Chamber would like you to fill out the application.

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. The event would be included in the overall promotion, poster, Facebook, etc. However, GOACC still suggest they do some small promotion on their separate event and market to their captive audience.

For the August 2017 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.  An existing restaurant will still need to fill out the food application.

For more information or registration forms, please call GOACC at 716-372-4433 or email events@oleanny.com.