GENOA — The Roaring ‘20s is the theme for Genoa Homecoming 2021 on Thursday through Saturday. Mayor Tom Bergman is billing the hometown blast as the “Get Back to Normal Fest” for area celebrants and visitors eager to put the Covid-19 pandemic behind them.
“The streets in downtown Genoa will be crowded on Thursday through Saturday (June 24-26) for all of the fun and games, especially for the Grand Parade on Friday (June 25) afternoon at 6:30 p.m.,” said Bergman. “That includes a big fireworks show on Saturday at dusk.
“The hub for a lot of the attractions will be the Entertainment Tent in Veterans Park off Washington Street,” said Bergman. “And everyone should be eager to see our new downtown mural, which is 30 feet wide, and will greet everyone as they come into the village.”
There will be carnival rides, food vendors, Genoa Chamber exhibitors, and live music in the Entertainment Tent, including Risk Factor on Friday at 7 p.m., followed by a live DJ.
Competitive types will have a lot of games and contests to choose from, including a 3-point basketball contest on Friday at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, the Garden Tractor Pull kicks things off at noon, with the corn hole tournament at 2 p.m. The Cow Plop competition is at 4 p.m., and the home run derbies at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. are at Lou Thomas Field and Donna Hayes Field.
Saturday night’s fireworks will be blast, promised Bergman. The loud, colorful display kicks off at dusk.
“We’ve had to put most everything on hold for more than a year because of the pandemic, and we’re all ready to break out and have some good family fun,” said Bergman. “The Genoa Homecoming celebration dates back to the 1930s before taking a break, and was restarted after World War II in 1946.
“It’s a village tradition, and this year’s Genoa Homecoming will be really special for everyone.”