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It seems like people like to get their Christmas shopping done earlier and earlier. Sure, more retailers are advertising their layaway programs, but if you’re looking for an American-made, one-of-a-kind gift for the holidays or any occasion, the Wyoming County Arts Festival is the place to get it.

The Arts Council for the county will present its 37th annual Letchworth Arts & Crafts Show this Saturday through Monday.

Sunny Simmons is the show coordinator for the event. She says that the festival – which is ranked in the top 100 in the U.S. – is also an opportunity to take advantage of beautiful surroundings, right in our backyard.

 Letchworth State Park is absolutely gorgeous, and this time of year – the Fall – it’s colorful. And a lot of that people come, come to make a day of it," she said.

 There are more than 300 artisans involved – including about a third from Western New York -- with some of the best pottery, paintings, quilts, handcrafted jewelry, photography, furniture and much, much more.

Simmons says the earlier the better when it comes to arrival time.

The three-day festival starts at 10am each day and ends at 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The show ends at 4 p.m. Monday.

Admission to the festival is free, but there is an $8 per car entry fee into the park. Handicapped parking is available along with curbside pickup of heavy purchases.

A shuttle will run from Perry to the park every half hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The cost of the shuttle is $3 per person and may accessed from the American Classic Outfitters parking lot on Route 39 in Perry.

Weather is always a factor this time of year in Western New York, but Simmons says the festival usually draws between 65,000 and 95,000 people.

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