CHAFFEE, N.Y. — Both local businesses and festivals took a hit over the past year because of the pandemic, but an event happening Saturday hopes to get people out and about and give a little boost to the economy.
The Bee Kind Experience spring festival is April 24 at The Annex performance and event center in Chaffee. Tickets sold out quickly, but organizers say they are planning other events for later this year.
More than 40 vendors — all from Western New York — are taking part in the festival.
"You can go support them through their Instagram and social media pages and order online," said Jillian Sickler, co-host of the Bee Kind Experience. "This is just the start of all of our events. We have many more planned for the rest of the summer so you can follow along on our Instagram page and see what's to come."
Both Sickler and co-host Julia Gorman are small business owners and wanted to start an event to celebrate other small businesses from across the region and hopefully drum up support during a tough economic time for so many of them.