posted on July 13, 2013 07:38
It’s once again time for the Oatka Festival in Le Roy. The annual event is held on the banks of Oatka Creek, and has evolved into one of Genesee County’s best events each year, where the community comes together for food, entertainment and old-fashioned family fun.
The first Oatka Festival was held in 1989, when Mayor Kevin Earle wanted the town to have a festival similar to the one that he grew up with in Dansville. Along with head of the LeRoy House, Lynne Belluscio and local businessman Pete Weaver, Earle planned out the festival, taking tips from other town festivals and fairs. Each year the committee adds in various aspects that show off Le Roy’s many features.
Many local churches and groups provide the food and entertainment that keep it family oriented. As the festival has grown, many classes and families plan reunions around the weekend to add a homecoming feel to the event.
The Oatka Festival will run through Sunday and kicks off this morning with a parade beginning at 11 AM.