The Kelleys Island Landowners Association is hosting the 38th Homecoming festival on Saturday, Aug. 18, on Kelleys Island.
The theme this year is Celebrate Kelleys Island. How do you celebrate the island? It may be swimming or fishing, relaxing in the sun, maybe sampling the fine tastes of the pubs and restaurants or bird watching or hiking.
Festivities start at 11 a.m. with a parade along the south shore that ends at the picnic pavilion on Addison Street. Last year’s parade featured a collection of classic cars, hand-made floats and lots of unusual costumes and decorated golf carts and cars. The parade marshals this year are Vi Feyedelem and Tony Vacca (Vi’s Gift Shop and Papa T’s ice cream) for coming back after the fire of 2010 destroyed their businesses.
The parade is open to anyone and only your imagination can limit your entry. Golf carts, classic cars, trucks, lawnmowers, tractors, bikes and people are all welcome to participate. There will be trophies for the top three theme-related entries based on originality and imagination.
This year there will be two concerts featuring Frank (Sinatra) and Dean (Martin) and Then Some and the Fat City Band. All through the day there are fun things for the family to do. Get your fill of hotdogs, roast pork and Italian sausage and sip cold beverages while shopping the craft and gift booths. Take in Mona Rutger’s Back to the Wild show and enter the pie contest (yum). New this is Magic Mike a master illusionist, balloon artist and magician.
Fill the afternoon with children’s games and a bounce castle and competitions that include a lip smacking snack cake-eating contest. Bring your special pet and compete in the pet parade. There are gift cards from Pet Supplies Plus for the most talented, best costume and pet that looks the most like its owner. This is a day full of games, prizes and fun for the family. Test your skill in a corn hole tournament or a round of marshmallow golf.