The Genesee Valley Council on the Arts will be presenting an online version of its annual Fare and Ware Festival, which brings together local artists, wineries, breweries, food and musicians.

Normally held on Father’s Day weekend, this year’s festival could not be held in person due to the coronavirus pandemic. Rather than completely cancel the event, the arts council decided to create a virtual experience designed to replicate the actual festival, said Executive Director Deborah Bump.

The festival will be on the GVCA website,, and feature many vendors that would normally participate at the live event. The virtual festival will have musical and dance performances, demonstrations such as soap making and fiber art, and virtual tastings. The event will run from Sept. 4 through Oct. 2.

“With the postponement and cancellations of so many events this summer, we wanted to be able to provide people with some kind of festival experience,” Bump said.

“The virtual Fare and Ware Festival will bring together many elements of the actual festival, plus it runs for a month so you have plenty of time to check out the website, enjoy some performances and support local artists and vendors.”

There is still time to sign up to participate as a vendor or performer.

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