Totally Buffalo has confirmed that after 56 years, the Quaker Arts Festival is calling it quits. In a letter to past vendors, the Orchard Park Jaycees, who run the festival, said, “It is with heavy hearts that we, the Orchard Park Jaycees, announce that 2017 was the final year for the Annual Quaker Arts Festival.”
The Jaycees also wrote in the letter, “In addition, to run an event such as the Quaker Arts Festival, not only must we feel comfortable running this event, we must also be substantially certain that the event is safe for vendors, patrons and the organizers. Considering the increasing number of horrific events occurring in our country and rising costs, we are no longer able to ensure the welfare and safety of our patrons, vendors and organizers.”
The festival is always a big deal for the Southtowns and Orchard Park. Some 300 or so vendors line the village streets and tens of thousands shop for those special products you can not find in stores.
The Jaycees cite increased costs and decreased vendor interest as the reasons for ending the festival.
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