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A few I's still need to be dotted and some T's need to be crossed, but the Genoa Homecoming celebration will resume in 2009.

Marilyn Reeder, media coordinator and advisor for the Genoa Chamber of Commerce, said the event will be held May 29-30 at Veterans' Memorial Park in Genoa.

The city had hosted more than 60 annual Homecoming celebrations until it was cancelled last year.

"Some issues were going on (last year) and we just felt we needed to work those out before we really plunged into it, I guess," Reeder said.

Reeder said the annual celebration parade will be held down Main Street, but she said it is still too early to give much more detail about the event. She said the Chamber would like to involve some of the local merchants along the parade route.

Reeder also confirmed that The Ohio State University spring marching band plans to play at the celebration on May 29 at the Town Hall. The OSU band could possibly play with other band members from local schools, Reeder said.

"None of it is official," Reeder said. "We have a lot of committee meetings ... There is just no official announcement on any of this right now."

The OSU band has performed at the Genoa Homecoming in the past, holding a concert on the lawn at Veterans' Memorial Park.

"They were always headed somewhere else (that weekend), so this was just a stop-off," Reeder said.

We prepared a meal for them; they didn't stay overnight. They just moved right on through. This time I think they're coming just for this."

The Homecoming parade will be held May 29.

Reeder said the Chamber is looking for options to help alleviate parking issues this year.

"We've had enormous crowds - people were coming down Route 163 for a long, long ways waiting to get into Genoa," she said. "We are trying to work out some things where maybe we can have parking a little bit away from town and then shuttle the traffic. But, we don't have anything real firm yet."

The Homecoming event will also include lots of food, kids' games and other various entertainment.

The Genoa merchants and Homecoming committee, which includes community members, works with the Chamber of Commerce to put on the show.

"People really missed it last year," Reeder said, "and we're looking forward to having it again this year."

Reeder said more details will be available at a later date.


 

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