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Orchard Park is a town in Erie County, New York and a suburb southeast of Buffalo, New York. The town contains a village also named Orchard Park. Orchard Park is one of the “Southtowns” of Erie County. The median income for a household in the town was $131,227, and the median income for a family was $102,906. About 1.1% of families and 2.4% of the population were below the poverty line.
The annual Quaker Arts Festival, an outdoor art and craft show, is held each year on the picturesque campus of the Orchard Park Middle School on the third weekend of September. It was organized in the 1960s by Orchard Parkers John Coleman of The Suburban Press and Chet Seymour of the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, and was originally held on the grounds of the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church. In its early days, the festival was cosponsored by the newspaper and the church. The festival is now cosponsored by the Orchard Park Jaycees and Bee Publications.
Since 1985, under the direction of the Orchard Park Council of the Arts, local businesses and the Town of Orchard Park sponsor free outdoor musical entertainment throughout the summer at the Pavilion bandstand on the grounds of the Middle School. Organized in 1949, the Orchard Park Symphony Orchestra, composed of more than 70 volunteer musicians, performs four regular concerts each year in the High School Auditorium. The Orchard Park Chorale was founded in 1975 under the sponsorship of the Adult Education Program of the Orchard Park School District. It’s more than fifty singers perform regularly at the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church.
Orchard Park is home to Taffy’s Hot Dog Stand at the corner of U.S. Route 20 and NY Rtes 240 & 277, and Eckl’s Restaurant famous for roast beef on kimmelwick (sometimes spelled kummelweck) rolls, located on Ellicott Rd south of the village. The town is also home of the 3000th Tim Hortons restaurant location and Vincenzo’s Italian Ice on 4236 North Buffalo Road.