GENESEO – Though a brief shower dampened Main Street for a few minutes on Friday, Summerfest is picking up steam.
Happy shoppers are flitting from tent to tent, nibbling goodies and browsing through merchandise at exclusive sales and merchants. According to our news partner News10NBC, Saturday, the biggest day for the festival, has a 50 percent chance of rain, down from 60 percent on Friday.
Highs for Friday were 87, with a low of 68 with scattered showers. Friday night is expected to have scattered thunderstorms, at a 40 percent chance of rain. Partly cloudy skies after midnight.
Saturday’s high is expected to be 81, and a low of 69.
New this year is a teddy bear scavenger hunt, wherein participants can pick up a ‘passport’ to be stamped at 24 Main Street businesses which are home to teddy bears for Summerfest. Bring stamped cards to Center Street by 3 p.m. on July 9 to be entered in the teddy bear raffle at 4 p.m. You can also leave stamped cards at The Not Dot Shop, Touch of Grayce or Nothnagle Realtors to be entered.
Passports are available at: ArtSmart Studio, LLC; B&D Framing; Bar-Eat-O; Body & Face by Kristin; Buzzo’s Music; Cafe Shiloh; Cricket’s Coffee; GeneseeSun.com; Genesee Valley Florist; Honeygirl Gourmet; Image Empire; Wadsworth Library; Mama Mia’s; The Not Dot Shop; Notebook Tek; Nothnagle Realtors; Pizza Paul’s; Special Tees; Stagecoach Florist; Sundance Books; Sweet Arts Bakery; Touch of Grayce; University Hots; and Geneseo’s Welcome Center.
Patriot Riders cooperating with the National Warplane Museum will escort World War II veterans from the Valley Inn of Geneseo to Main Street starting at 10 a.m., just in time for the annual Teddy Bear Parade at 10:30 a.m.
Stop by the corner of Center Street and Main Street during Summerfest to get your picture taken in the Not Dot Shop’s Emmeline cut-out. Until Summerfest, you can visit the cut out at The Not Dot Shop.
According to the Geneseo Merchants Association’s newsletter, Geneseo Life, the following special deals will also run during all of Summerfest:
Touch of Grayce: 10% off store, 20% off books and up to 70% off sidewalk; Pizza Paul’s: $1 slices of pizza; Sweet Arts Bakery: Free cookie with any ice cream purchase; Village Cafe: Serving deep fried ravioli, mac and cheese and chocolate covered strawberry skewers; Bar-Eat-O: Special Summerfest taco and drink special; ArtSmart Studio: Hair wraps, feathers and painting classes.
There will also be sidewalk sales at Cricket’s Coffee, Special Tees, Royaltees, Honeygirl Gourmet, The Not Dot Shop, Notebook Tek, Sundance Books, and Buzzo’s Music.
On Saturday, July 9, Wadsworth Library will have their annual book sale from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; there will be a Spinning Demo by Cycle Craze from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; there will be a petting zoo in the Village Park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Dime Carnival in the Village Park from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Hula Hooping from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Cake Walk with Prizes from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Free Kid’s Crafts from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.; and Teddy Bear Raffle Drawing at 4 p.m.
The National Warplane Museum’s annual airshow, the Greatest Show on Turf, will run all day Saturday and Sunday. Gates open at 7 a.m. Saturday and the last event of the day, the Veterans Dance, begins at 6:30 p.m. On Sunday, gates open at 7 a.m. and close after aircraft rides and demonstrations, which begin at 4 p.m.
Airshow goers will walk among nearly two dozen flying performances and many static displays, including some aircraft which are themselves veterans of historic wars. The Museum’s crown jewel, the C-47 ‘Whiskey 7,’ dropped paratroopers over Normandy on D-Day. The the F4U4 ‘Corsair Korean War Hero’ flew over 200 combat missions in Korea. A Mig-17F will fly jet aerobatics.
World War II reenactors will once again set up their historically accurate camp for visitors to walk through.
For more attractions and information, visit the National Warplane Museum’s Airshow website here.
Discounted tickets are on sale now for $20 online here and at Wegmans in Geneseo. Kids 12 and under are free.