Magnificent May Mayhem in Olean 2022

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Event Date(s): Fri, 05/20/2022 - 5:00pm - Sat, 05/21/2022 - 4:00pm
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Kayakers on the Allegheny River

WHAT IS MAGNIFICENT MAY MAYHEM: Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce events committee unveiled this new event back in September 2021 called Magnificent May Mayhem or M3. A mayhem is described / defined as a chaos, pandemonium and bedlam. “Although most of the definitions are not a good thing, we use mayhem as a term to describe the many activities and programs pulled together for this one event,” stated Meme K. Yanetsko, GOACC COO.

Magnificent May Mayhem or M3 Event will be held Friday, May 20th and Saturday, May 21st. The tentative schedule for Friday is as follows: street dance, food trucks, carnival games, wine walk, putt putt crawl, and car cruise. Saturday includes the community wide garage sales, sound stage, river regatta (timed), float the Allegheny (casual), hike Mt. Herman endurance run and the City’s Largest Flea Market. Information for the M3 can be found online, call 716-372-4433.

Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce is selling both registrations for the River Regatta and the Float the Allegheny, held May 21 in Olean. Registration is located on the Chamber’s shop site – The Magnificent May Mayhem (M3) has a separate storefront on the site.

Float Details:

GOACC encourages those that just want to take it easy to go with the option Float the Allegheny. Float the Allegheny’s goal is to encourage people to ‘get into the river’ and have a whale of a good time in the process. Although not timed, basically anyone can participate.

REGISTRATION will be at Linn's Launch at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, May 21. The Floaters will begin their float after the regatta participants (by 10:30 a.m.) and will have until 11:30 to commence their float.

AGES: Teams can feature any age of participants (waivers for those under 18 will need to be signed by parent/guardian).


  • One person is $15 and includes an event tank and one refreshment voucher,
  • Four-pack fee $30 which includes four food vouchers;
  • Four pack plus is $60 and includes four event tanks and four food vouchers. 

The Float Fees will increase overall by $10 on May 2nd.

Regatta Details:

The River Regatta is a timed regatta on the Allegheny River launched from Linn’s Launch off Steam Valley in the town of Portville, to just past the East State Street bridge on Olean Creek. The length of the regatta is roughly 4.665 miles.

REGISTRATION will be held at Linn's Launch starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday. Based on the number of entrants, there will be a number of waves from the start. First official wave will start at 10:01 a.m.; with 15-minute intervals for additional waves. 

AGES: Teams can feature any age of participants (waivers for those under 18 will need to be signed by parent/guardian). *Under 21 will receive a water/soda voucher.


  • ONE PERSON FEE is $25 and includes one event tank, one beer* voucher and one food voucher;
  • TWO PERSON FEE is $40 and includes two event tanks, two beer* vouchers and two food vouchers;
  • FOUR PERSON FEE is $60 and includes four event tanks, four beer* vouchers and four food vouchers; and
  • SIX PERSON FEE is $90 and includes six event tanks, six beer* vouchers and six food vouchers.

 The Float Fees will increase overall by $10 on May 2nd.

Endurance Run Details:

The endurance run – or hike to Herman: although official mileage and elevation hasn’t been determined, the run will take participants from Four Mile Brewing Co., to South Union Street bridge, to the City of Olean road to the reservoir, to Alpine Drive, up and around the tanks, back down the same route, to Four Mile Brewing, under the East State Street bridge via Adams Street to War Veterans Park.  The fee will include event tech tee, refreshments at the end, as well as other race bling.

RACER FEE is $50/60/75

  • includes tech run event tee
  • two beer* vouchers *Under 21 will receive a water/soda voucher.
  • one food voucher

PRICE INCREASE – On May 2nd, run fee will increase by $10 and on May 16th, the run fee will increase and remain at $75.  We encourage everyone to register early and save.

M3 Flea Market:

The M3 Olean Flea Market, a new outdoor flea market that will take place in mid-May at the War Veterans Park, is seeking vendor.

The market is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 21st, on the basketball courts at the park, 551 East State Street, Olean.

Vendor applications are being accepted on the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce website. We have 10×10 and 10x20 booth spaces for vendors selling vintage, collectibles, salvage, antiques, repurposed items and more. Spaces are limited. Booth fees are $20 and $35.

Pre and post trasportation will be provided for a $10 fee.

For more information on this event please visit

This event will be held at:

Olean, NY 14760
United States
Phone: 716-372-4433
42° 6' 20.1888" N, 78° 30' 15.03" W
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