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With Bills on the road, Quaker Arts Fest scores

The Quaker Arts Festival lucked out this year; the Buffalo Bills are out of town this weekend.

That's why the festival, which will run Saturday and Sunday, was able to book the parking lot of Ralph Wilson Stadium, Lot 2, as its shuttle bus site.

The festival takes place on the grounds of Orchard Park Middle School, at the intersection of Route 20A and Lincoln Avenue.

The festival usually has bus service from Chestnut Ridge Park, but with the county's fiscal morass and closed parks last spring, the organizers weren't sure the park would be available.

"We didn't hear anything, because they didn't have anyone to call us back," said Scott Kroll of the Orchard Park Jaycees, the group that runs the event.

The festival, which usually draws about 75,000 people over the two days, will run 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. More than 300 exhibitors were booked by the start of this week.

Kroll said there won't be many changes this year, although the Jaycees will run the chicken barbecue and move it down the street from Zion Lodge to Orchard Park Middle School's Route 20A parking lot.

The money raised funds all of the Jaycees' activities for the year, with some going back to the volunteer groups that help run the festival.

Kroll said the Jaycees may have to change the shuttle parking again next year.

"The Bills have been great. They've been happy to do it," he said. "But in the future, we'll have to see."

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