UTICA — Hometown spirit, in Utica fashion, returns to the streets of Utica once again this week when the Utica Volunteer Fire Department and Auxiliary will sponsor the 81st annual Utica Homecoming Fall Festival, Wednesday through Saturday.
Starting in 1929, the homecoming festival is the chance for current and former residents, plus friends, to gather for a time of entertainment, reminiscing, games, food and fun for all ages. The four-day festival will once again feature many favorite features from the past and will bring in some new attractions as well.
Wednesday’s grand parade opens the festival at 6:30 p.m. where numerous area businesses and organizations will make the trek down Central Avenue promoting the hometown Utica spirit. Opening ceremonies will follow at the festival stage in front of the firehouse where Mayor Lester Grennell will give his homecoming welcome. Homecoming royalty will then be recognized, and the week’s entertainment will get underway at 8 p.m. with Six Foot Blonde.
Featured entertainment follows each day at the festival stage with Brian Oaks and Heartland Express at 7 p.m. Thursday, Just Us Band at 7 p.m. Friday and Soulhitch’n at 8 p.m. Saturday.
The annual pancake breakfast will begin at 7 a.m. Saturday, sponsored by the Utica EMS. Also on Saturday is the annual Pet Parade at 11 a.m. for the youngsters and their pets; and the 10th annual classic car, truck and motorcycle show which gets underway at 11 a.m. with judging at 2 p.m. and awards at 4. All proceeds benefit the fire department.
There will also be a cake auction, arts and crafts, rides and other special entertainment featured throughout the festival. Admission and parking are free.
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