Canandaigua Emergency Squad

Canandaigua AmbCanandaigua Emergency Squad is the busiest volunteer 911 service in Ontario County, responding to 4,000 calls each year. CES has more than 65 volunteers and 14 full-time emergency medical technicians and paramedics, as well as per-diem paramedics. The Emergency Squad operates entirely without tax-based support and provides healthcare services and education, including first aid and CPR to reduce or mitigate medical traumatic emergencies, and has done so for 75 years.

CES merged with the East Bloomfield-Holcomb Fire Department last year, creating the East Bloomfield Volunteer Ambulance Division of CES. The cost involved to sustain the East Bloomfield Ambulance Service, which relied entirely on community donations, was too great for the East Bloomfield-Holcomb Fire Department to fund, thus the alternative to the merger was the dissolution of the East Bloomfield Ambulance Service. The merger also creates operating efficiencies as it allows CES to minimize its fleet of ambulances and utilize the two ambulances from East Bloomfield, which saves on maintenance and service costs. On average, it costs $35,000-$40,000 a year to maintain a rig. This is an exciting partnership that may serve as a model for other small Services to be able to maintain their service in their local communities.

The constant need to help all people and serve the community inspires the organization to share their message. CES is a volunteer-driven organization and is constantly looking to recruit additional volunteers. Volunteers make the difference and without their help and support, CES could not respond to the more than 4,000 calls it receives each year. For more information on volunteer opportunities on and off the ambulance with Canandaigua Emergency Squad, visit

Canandaigua Emergency Squad will be in our Community Cause-Way on Saturday and Sunday. Stop by their booth for more information on CES and to learn about volunteer opportunities. Kids will also be able to color ambulance cutouts and participate in fun demonstrations of proper hand washing and basic healthy tips!


John Bolger Band

John Bolger BandJohn Bolger Band plays a variety of music from rhythm & blues to swing, a little Motown, funky rock & roll, 60 & 70s hits as well as some new songs whenever they can.

The band named was decided by a former bass player. When John Bolger asked him what they should name the group, he responded, “Why don’t we call it the John Bolger Band?” John hadn’t thought of naming it that, but said, “Okay, that’s easy enough.” And so, the John Bolger Band was born.

John is inspired by “everything that has caught my ear since I started hearing music.” That includes old jazz, some modern jazz, music from the 60s such as the Beatles, soul music from the 70s, some rock, folk and old country. Blues music has always been a big favorite for him. He also loves musical instruments and feels BB King is one of the really influential guitarists of the last 50-some years.

John Bolger Band will be rocking the Mobile Music Stage on Friday, July 15 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. You may even hear them play “Brown Eyed Girl,” their most requested song!


Personalized Pet Portraits

Pet Portraits PersonalizedJackie Powley creates one-of-a-kind portraits of any loved animal. She uses mixed media to draw each portrait, combining marker, charcoal, color pencils, pen and ink. Personalized Pet Portraits are close-up head shots of animals. Jackie believes “eyes are the windows to our soul” and one can tell a lot about an animal’s personality by their eyes.

Jackie Powley explained how Personalized Pet Portraits began,

“I haven’t drawn in 17 years, but wanted to see If I still could. My husband’s birthday is December 25th, I decided to draw him a portrait of our Pug “Bandit” who had passed. I own a Salon so I hid the portrait there. Personalized Pet Portraits 1My clients asked who drew it and wanted their animals’ portraits done and so I started Personalized Pet Portraits.”

If you are interested in a personalized portrait of your pet, you may email with a picture, past or present, and she will take care of the rest.


Operation Christmas Child

Shoebox distribution in Uganda

Shoebox distribution in Uganda

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham, eldest son of Dr. Billy Graham.

Every day, boys and girls worldwide suffer from war, poverty, disease, and natural disaster. Since 1993, more than 135 million boys and girls in over 150 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of a simple shoebox gift from Operation Christmas Child. Individuals, families, and children pack these boxes with toys, hygiene items, school supplies, and it is a wonderful way for kids to help other kids. While these shoeboxes bring joy to children who have nothing, and may never have received a gift in their lives, they also open doors for presenting the love of Jesus Christ.

In 2015, the Finger Lakes West Area Team supporting churches and organizations in Monroe, Wayne, Livingston, and Ontario counties, contributed 18,418 gift shoeboxes to Operation Christmas Child.

Volunteers at Processing Center in Charlotte, NC

Volunteers at Processing Center in Charlotte, NC

Last year they hosted a person who had received a shoebox years ago and has now come “full circle,” by now working for Operation Christmas Child and sharing his inspiring story.

Festivalgoers have three ways to get involved with Operation Christmas Child:

Operation Christmas Child will be at our Community Cause-Way on Saturday and Sunday. Visit their booth for some family-fun activities and more information about the organization.

Lazy Acre Alpacas

Lazy Acre AlpacasLazy Acre Alpacas, located in Bloomfield, New York is a family run farm that started in 2000. With a herd of more than 60 huacaya alpacas, Lazy Acres is the largest alpaca farm in the Finger Lakes region. As part of our family fun and kids’ activities, Lazy Acre Alpacas will be joining our festival! Stop by their booth to meet Carhartt, their famous male alpaca, and to browse some of their summer products including running and hiking socks.


Alpacas are camelids, cousins to camels, llamas, guanacos, and vicunas. Alpacas are about one third the size of llamas and have proportionally smaller ears and snouts than their llama cousins. There are two different kinds of alpacas. The suri alpaca is the very rare alpaca and has very long, fine, dreadlock-type fiber. The huacaya alpaca is the second type of alpaca and is the more common of the two. The huacaya alpaca has thick, dense, crimpy fiber and resembles a teddy bear when in full coat.


Lazy Acre AlpacaThe huacaya alpaca is characterized by a fiber that is dense, crimped, and woolly. This abundant coverage gives the huacaya a soft and huggable look and explains the overwhelming popularity the huacaya enjoys worldwide. The huacaya is a hardy and healthy animal that produces a fine and highly-prized fiber. The new and burgeoning alpaca fiber movement will be literally built on the backs of these plush and puffy little “teddy bears.” Alpacas are native to South America, in the high Andes Mountain countries of Peru, Chile, and Bolivia. They were introduced into the U.S. in 1984.

Lazy Acre Alpaca and Carhartt will be around all weekend long. To see all of the kids’ activities at the festival, click here.