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Fredonia History Days — July 12 & 13, 2019


Turn an eye toward yesteryear on July 12 & 13 as the Village of Fredonia turns back the clock to celebrate the past with a variety of events for the annual Fredonia History Days – Yesterdays of Fredonia.

The 2-day celebration kicks off Friday (July 12) with a classic car and motorcycle show, live music and food in Barker Common West and a BBQ Chicken Dinner. The festivities continue Saturday (July 13) beginning with the regular Fredonia Farmers’ Market on Church Street at 9 a.m.  A wide variety of vendors and merchants will set up in Barker Common East and West, and there will be LOTS of historically-themed kid’s activities on Church Street between Temple and Park Streets!

We will be showcasing many different organizations/interests throughout the day!

Some of the featured parties will be:

Fredonia Memorial Post 59 American Legion
Fredonia Grange No. 1
Chautauqua Genealogical Society 
Fenton History Center
Jamestown Trolley Restoration Project
Sherman Historical Society
Sheridan Historical Society & Museum
Chautauqua County Historical Society
Vets Finding Vets Program

There will also be a Basket Raffle & 50/50 fundraiser over the two-day festival.   Part of the proceeds will benefit Festivals Fredonia’s annual “Give Back” donation made during the Miracle on Main Street and village tree-lighting event in December. The 2019 recipient is American Legion, celebrating 100 years!

Schedule of Events
Friday, July 12

5:00 – 9:00 PM Classic car show on Church and Park Streets and Motorcycle Show and live music with “Midnight Recovery” in the gazebo in Barker Common West.
6:00 – 9:00 PM Chicken BBQ or Pulled Pork Dinner Fundraiser with JJ’s Backyard BBQ (comes with salt potatoes & baked beans or coleslaw) $10.00.

Saturday, July 13

10:00 AM – 12 noon Free concert with “Sean Patrick McGraw” in the Gazebo in Barker Common West.
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM History Tent(s) – Barker Common West – Local historical agency displays.
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Craft, & various vendors will be set-up in Barker Common West for display and sales.
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Antique Show and Sales in Barker Common East
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Adoption Day with Lakeshore Humane Society in Barker Common East
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Children’s Activities Booth
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Guided trolley tour with Pomfret Historian Todd Langworthy “Famous Places in Fredonia” – Tickets $5.00 – Limited Seating – Click Here to Purchase
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Chicken BBQ or Pulled Pork Dinner Fundraiser with JJ’s Backyard BBQ (comes with salt potatoes & baked beans or coleslaw) $10.00
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM Food trucks on Park
12 noon – 6:00 PM Local Wineries along Park 
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Free concert with “Sunset Bluegrass” in the Gazebo in Barker Common West.
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Guided trolley tour with Pomfret Historian Todd Langworthy “Cemetery & Downtown Tour” – Tickets $5.00 – Limited Seating – Click Here to Purchase
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM 1891 Fredonia Opera House Movie TBA
9:30 PM – 10:30 PM Guided Candlelight Walking Tour with “Alonzo Cushing” portrayed by Todd Langworthy – Tickets $10.00 (Includes drinks and refreshments after tour) – Click Here to Purchase

Onsite starting at 11:00 AM will be several food trucks and wineries including:
Big Melch’s Smokin’ BBQ
Lomo Lomo
Franklin Honey & Apples (Kettle Corn)
Siri Thai Cuisine
Woodbury Winery

Ongoing throughout Friday night and into Saturday, all day, there will be a raffle for a DNA kit in the history tents, courtesy of Joanne Mansfield, and an opportunity for kids to win a prize if they visit all of the history features and have their Passport validated, courtesy of Dr. Judy Horowitz.

Also, local businesses will be participating in displaying a historic picture or painting of what their business looked like several decades ago.  Festival attendees are encouraged to pick up a festival brochure at the Festivals Fredonia visitors table, the village welcome booth or the participating businesses, have the participating business validate that you were there with a stamp from the proprietor and be entered in for a drawing for a Shoptauqua gift certificate, courtesy of Fredonia Community Chamber of Commerce!

About Festivals Fredonia

Festivals Fredonia’s mission is to contribute to a high quality of life in Fredonia and surrounding communities by presenting lively, varied recreation and cultural opportunities to Village and area residents.  Festivals Fredonia is always looking for energetic volunteers to assist in executing each years’ festivals.  Contact us at