First Fridays to include street closure in Westfield

First Fridays in Westfield will once again spill into the street in Westfield as the Chamber of Commerce has secured a permit from the New York State Department of Transportation to close Route 20 in the village during the event. This is the second year for the expansion of the event, which allows for additional vendor participation and makes the experience safer and more walkable for all guests.

Route 20 (East Main Street) will be temporarily closed to all traffic from Portage (Route 394) to Union Street, with limited traffic from Union to Pearl Street. The closure will be in effect from 4-8pm during First Friday June 7, and subsequent First Fridays on July 12 (Reunion Weekend), August 2, and September 6.

Chamber President and CEO Dan Heitzenrater noted, “This temporary road closure will help to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all involved in First Fridays – our businesses, our vendors, and the general public. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and understanding. Simple detours will allow for emergency access, and there is plenty of parking on off-street lots and throughout the village.”

Staunzie Grady, Chamber Coordinator added, “First Fridays is a community event that celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of our local business community. It brings together business owners, artists, and residents in celebration of creativity and local entrepreneurship. We invite everyone to enjoy live music, explore various artistic displays, and show their support for our local establishments.”

The Chamber thanks the Village of Westfield, Westfield Development Corporation, and Chautauqua County Emergency Services for their assistance and support during this permitting process.

To help cover the additional costs associated with the street closure, there is a small $20 fee for business vendors that want to sell merchandise during First Fridays. Nonprofits with vendor (sales) tables pay just $10, or for nonprofits with information-only tables there is no charge. All vendors are required to register in advance through the Chamber calendar at www.chautauquachamber.org.

The June 7 First Friday is sponsored by AHN Westfield Memorial Hospital, Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Westfield Boatworks, Community Bank, and Wanderlust Custard.


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