DUNKIRK – The Dunkirk Chamber of Commerce has made a commitment to help the Great Lakes Experience Festival.
Chamber members agreed Wednesday to a $2,500 commitment and to help with marketing and organizing for the festival to be held on June 15.
The festival was held in 2011 at Buffalo’s waterfront and drew some 4,000 visitors, according to Beth Smeader, executive director of Great Lakes Experience. She gave a presentation on the program, which is part of the nonprofit organization that supports the U.S. Fish and Wildlife program.
The organization was formed in 2002 and has been setting up the educational Great Lakes Festivals for several years. The festivals try to promote education about Lakes Erie and Ontario regarding native species, habitat restoration, invasive species and other scientific factors about the Great Lakes.
Smeader said schools will be asked to have children participate in projects prior to the event, and prizes and recognition will be given on the day of the event.
The Great Lakes Experience program has received an $800 grant from the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation and will seek several thousand dollars to promote the program. The city of Dunkirk’s Memorial Park on the waterfront will be the site for the event.
Booths of educational materials and live interactive programs will be featured. Smeader said past festivals have also included live music and food vendors.
In another matter, Chamber members announced their fundraising event “Grape Expectations” will take place on May 17 at the White Inn in Fredonia in cooperation with the Fredonia Chamber of Commerce. The event will feature local wines and light refreshments.
Other upcoming Dunkirk events will include an open house in the Fredonia State College Incubator on April 8 featuring clients of the incubator, and a tree planting event in the city on April 27.