Kendall Carnival remains a popular crowd pleaser

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 July 2023 at 9:33 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

KENDALL – The Grinch waves to people along the parade route Friday evening in Kendall for the Kendall Fire Department’s annual carnival. The Grinch was part of a float created by local Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts.

The annual carnival welcomed big crowds on Thursday and Friday. The event culminates today.

The schedule today includes:

  • Corn Hole Tournament at noon
  • Lawn Mower Tractor Pull at noon
  • Ride Special from 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Cruise-in at 4 p.m.
  • Ride Special from 6 to 10 p.m.
  • Band: Shotgun Pauly
  • Fireworks at 10 p.m.

Clifford “C.J.” Provost, a Kendall native who now lives in Brockport, takes pictures of the parade on Friday. Provost said he doesn’t miss the carnival. He looks forward to seeing old friends and seeing the community come together.

“Every year I got to come back,” he said. “It’s a small town. I just love it.”

Nora Rasmusson, 4, of Kendall has fun on the Sky Fighter ride in the midway.

Max Martin, 5, and his sister Alice, 8, of Kendall zoom on the swing ride.

Jeff Partyka holds his granddaughter McKenna, 15 months old, on the merry-go-round.

The Gates Keystone Club Police Pipes and Drums performed in the parade. The band formed in 1998 to honor public safety and military personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Dave Smith, assistant chief of the Murray Joint Fire District, marches with other firefighters in the parade. There was a big turnout from departments in Orleans and western Monroe counties.

A lineup of fire trucks joined the procession down Kendall’s main road from the elementary school to past the town hall and fire hall.

Horses and riders from Lone Oak Stables in Kendall remain a big part of the parade. This year the group welcome Before the Last Call, an equine therapy program for first responders and veterans. That program tries to help people with post traumatic stress disorder.

The crowd salutes and gives a standing ovation to the Vietnam Veterans of American, Chapter 20 out of Rochester. These veterans led the parade down Kendall Road.

Sparky the Firedog from Holley waves to the crowd.

State Sen. Rob Ortt greets a person along the parade route. Several local and state officials and candidates were in the parade.

Margaret Buell rides in the parade and is celebrated as Kendall’s oldest resident who was born in the town and continued to live in Kendall. Buell is 91.

“It’s a great town,” she said before the parade. “I have lived here all of my life.”

Betty Wilson rides in the parade with her great-grandchildren, Carson and Finn Carbonel in back. Wilson is Kendall’s oldest resident at age 103. Many on the parade route gave her an enthusiastic greeting.

These kids in the Kendall Rec program ride on a trailer pulled by Partyka Farms. Partyka has been pulling the trailer for more than 30 years in the parade.