LeRoy Razzasque Days offers nostalgia and activities to guests

LEROY — Each year, Jessica Monroe hears laughter from every direction, watching running children as far as the eye can see during LeRoy Razzasque Days.

The two-day festival, which has been drawing droves of people since 1973, starts in LeRoy on Friday. The festivities, which have a different theme every year, will be celebrated with a renaissance fair focus this year.

Monroe, a trustee on the festival’s board of directors, said she often sees old faces at Razzasque that she doesn’t see otherwise.

“LeRoy Razzasque is kind of a homecoming celebration. People come back and see family and friends they haven’t seen in years,” Monroe said.

There are people she is familiar with who she only runs into at the festival, Monroe said.

Before the festival, she gets Facebook messages from people coming into town for the event who ask if she’ll be there, Monroe said.

The festivities kick off with games and concessions from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 8. The kid’s parade and drawing for the Prince and the Princess competition, for children 1-4 years old with a LeRoy address, will also take place.

The crowning of Jr. Miss LeRoy and Miss LeRoy, for young people with LeRoy addresses in the age groups of 9-13 and 14-18, respectively, will be at Village Place Park after the parade.

The beverage tent will be open from 2 p.m. on Saturday to 1 a.m. on Sunday. Participants must have photo ID to enter.

“No good festival is complete without a beer tent,” Monroe said, laughing.

To add to the renaissance fair motif, an inflatable jousting tournament for kids, also will be available.

Monroe said she has seen similar events online.

“The kids who take part cannot wait to get back in there and do it again,’ Monroe said.

A chicken barbecue and the LeRoy United Methodist Church dessert stand will be open at LeRoy Community Park at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The cost is $8 per dinner.

A pancake breakfast, 5K race, pet fashion show, arm wrestling tournament and other activities also will be available over the two days.