by Jessica Hickey, staff writer

PARADE GOERS were showered with candy being thrown from floats in the Lennon Lions Homecoming parade. Pictured above, the children of Sarah Strickland run to scoop up candy from the street as floats passed by. (Independent Photos/Jessica Hickey)


Colin Kingsbury has been announcing the Lennon Homecoming parade for 23 years. A member of the Lennon Lions Club, Kinsgbury says the parade itself started in the 1970s and has been running ever since. Referring to his favorite part of the event, he said, “I like to see the kids having fun.” Although last year’s spectator turnout was low, this year saw improved attendance. There were 43 entries in the parade, including a horse-drawn carriage, a train car, fire trucks, and tractors of all kinds.

In addition to the parade, the Lennon Lions Homecoming weekend encompassed two full days of events including a car and truck show, an antique tractor pull, a BBQ chicken lunch, raffles, bingo, arts and crafts, a rummage sale, a treasure hunt, a dunk tank, and pie eating contests for children and adults.

Kingsbury said that raffle sales for the Cub Cadet zero-turn mower raffle did well this year, despite (or because of) the publicity associated with the theft of the mower earlier in the summer. The Lions club was grateful for the return of the mower, as this raffle is their biggest fundraiser of the year. The funds from the raffle go toward maintaining the two parks in the village, as well as sponsoring a service dog program operated in Rochester.

Lions Host Family Fun at Lennon Homecoming was last modified: July 28th, 2016 by Karen Elford