One more round.

During a rally at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House & Performing Arts Center, the village became a Top Five finalist in the Small Business Revolution series to win $500,000.

The doors opened at 6:30 a.m. The results were celebrated by a crowd of about 250.

Streamed live, the announcement brought lots of anticipation. Especially during a couple of times in the announcement by Small Business Revolution hosts Ty Pennington and Amanda Brinkman as the feed slowed near the announcement of the finalists.

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This morning’s rally began with the cheerleading squad of the State University of New York at Fredonia riling up the crowd, which had barely had their first cup of coffee.

Rich Ryan was the master of ceremonies, welcoming Fredonia Mayor Doug Essek who praised the community effort.

Once the live feed began around 6:45, it did not take long to find out the village had made the final cut. Fredonia was mentioned as the second community in the big reveal.

The crowd erupted.

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