June Fest returning to Holley on June 3

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 12 May 2017 at 12:22 pm

File photo by Tom Rivers: A costumed dalmatian dog waves to the crowd as part of a float for Wiley’s Ark Animal Care in Holley during the parade in Holley on June 6, 2015.The parade returns for June Fest on June 3.

HOLLEY – Final plans are being put in place for the return of the Holley June Fest this year. Holley Mayor Brian Sorochty said the event – which was postponed in 2016 – is set for Saturday, June 3, with events planned for the entire day in the Canal Park and around the village.

“The village formed a Community Events Committee in November of 2016,” Sorochty said. “They have worked very hard on our Festival of Lights event and to bring this event back for the community. We are very appreciative of the effort, time and dedication that the committee has put forth. We are also very appreciative of our local businesses, many of which have made donations towards the event. We are looking forward to a nice family event and seeing the community come out and enjoy the day’s events.”

Those events include village-wide yard sales which begin at 9 a.m. A parade is set for 10 a.m. and participants are welcome to register by contacting parade@holleyfire.com.

Arts, crafts, informational booths and food vendors will be set up in the Canal Park beginning at 9 a.m. Also in the Canal Park will be a Kids Zone with bounce house, obstacle course, games and pony rides; a wine-tasting tent featuring local wineries (noon to 4 p.m.); live music beginning at noon; and historical canal presentations at the Canal Gazebo by Orleans County Historian Matt Ballard at noon and 3 p.m.

Popular community events are also planned in conjunction with June Fest. St. Mary’s will hold its Chicken BBQ from noon until sold out; the Holley Community Library will hold a book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; the Historical Society will host a bake sale beginning at 9 a.m.; and the Holley Fire Company will hold its annual gun raffle at the Fireman’s Field beginning at 4 p.m.

Holley Central School’s HTA (Holley Teachers Association) is organizing this year’s 5K June Fest Run. Registration for the 5K begins at 8 am, the race starts at 9 a.m. To register go to www.pcr-timing.com and scroll down to “June Fest 5K”.

During the April 25 meeting of the Holley School Board of Education, Holley Elementary Principal Karri Schiavone said other school groups, such as Student Council, PTSA and cheerleaders will also be volunteering to help with the festivities including the Kids Zone activities.

She praised the opportunity for students to be involved in the popular event.
“It’s a great way to get people involved in June Fest and connect students with their village,” Schiavone said. “It’s a great way to connect them with a community event.”

Information on June Fest is available on the Village of Holley website – www.villageofholley.org – or by calling the Village Office at 585-638-6367.

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