When the third annual Festival At The Falls wrapped up late in the afternoon on Saturday, attendees congratulated the crew at the Howard Hanna booth for another job well done.
“We grew the festival from 50 vendor spaces last year to 75 vendor spaces this year,” says Heidi Zornow, administrative assistant at the Mendon-Honeoye Falls Howard Hanna office. “We filled all spaces and had to turn some vendors away.”
Festival-goers waded through dozens of arts and crafts booths and got to taste samplings from local vendors. The gazebo hosted musical performances from Spencer Samolis Music and the Beatles tribute band Eight Days a Week. The memorable songs delighted the ears of the many visitors.
Vendors got a treat from the steady flow of crowds throughout the day. The much-anticipated grilled food prepared and served by the local Masonic Lodge saw a steady business that was greater than expected.
“This year was the busiest year yet for us at the Festival,” says Rich Kahl, Master of Union Star Lodge No. 320, F&AM. “Based on last year’s sales, we brought more food this year. Even with that, we ran out and had to make a midday run to resupply to get more. There were long lines from before lunch until close to the end of the Festival. Union Star Lodge is always happy to support community events like these. The profits from our food booth help fund our charitable donations for HF-L High School Scholarships, the FISH food cupboard and other community endeavors. We are also humbled by and grateful for all those folks who like our cooking. Congratulations to Howard Hanna for putting together another successful Festival. See you all next year!”
The Festival itself generated “over $2,000 in booth registration fees, all of which is donated to the Children’s Free Care Fund which benefits Golisano Children’s Hospital,” says Zornow.
The summer is filled with local festivals and carnivals. A few weeks back, we saw the ever-popular Lima Crossroads Festival. On August 26, Summerfest returns to Scottsville (see page 9 for details from Scottsville Mayor Maggie Ridge’s office).