The Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce and Genoa Merchants Association are once again busy planning this year’s annual Homecoming Celebration, which will be held Friday, May 30 and Saturday, May 31.
The goal of the festival – which has been a tradition for more than 60 years – is to provide good, old fashioned family fun and to promote community spirit and patriotism. This year’s theme is “Down on the Farm.”
This year, Homecoming festivities will be held in Veterans Memorial Park, which offers room for more rides, more food, more vendors, and more fun, organizers said.
The celebration will kick off Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. with the annual parade, which will include high school bands, floats and area organizations. Registration will begin at 5p.m. at 13th and West streets (Brunner Complex). Registration for the parade is open through Monday, May 26. Any entries signed up after the deadline will be placed at the end of the parade. Floats and entries are encouraged to have an agricultural focus, in keeping with the Homecoming theme. For more information, contact Neil Ammons, parade chairman at 419-461-0584 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
After the parade, the amusement rides will be running and there will be Bingo and Big 6. Also, there will be refreshments and live music by 56 Daze under the enlarged Beer Tent.
Saturday’s activities will include a 5K run, a petting zoo, farm equipment show, garden tractor pull, amusement rides, wine tasting, a car show and live music by Bob Gatewood and Calabash under the Beer Tent.
Specialty foods will be available from vendors, local restaurants and organizations throughout the day and evening. Once the sun has set, a spectacular fireworks display will light up the evening skies.
To find out more about the Genoa Homecoming, visit www.genoaohio.org or www.genoachamber.com.
The annual Genoa Homecoming – a village tradition for more than 60 years – will be held May 30-31 in Veterans Park. (Press photo by Ken Grosjean)