Razzasque Days celebrates 40 years this weekend
LEROY — Razzasque? Razza-what?
Although many may not know what Razzasque Days are, members of the LeRoy community have been participating in the two-day long event for 40 years - celebrating with each other during the family-oriented event in the heart of the village.
Lori Servello, the president and treasurer of the Razzasque Days Board of Directors, said the event focuses on village history and has become a homecoming of sorts.
"It's a time-honored tradition for our community," Servello said. "It's a great time to catch up with family and we're happy to bring out as many visitors as we can."
On Friday, highlights include the Kid's Parade, which begins at noon with a 70's theme. During the parade, Miss and Junior Miss LeRoy will be featured, and the LeRoy Prince and Princess will be chosen. Children from 1 to 4 years old with a LeRoy address can register for the prince and princess drawing starting at 11:30 a.m. at LeRoy Hardware. The pair will be selected prior to the parade's start.
Friday will also feature carnival games, giant inflatables and bingo through most of the day. A pig roast will take place from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Zion Emmanuel Lutheran Church, located at 203 Albert St., and the Junior Miss LeRoy and Miss LeRoy competitions are scheduled for 6 and 7 p.m. at LeRoy Village Memorial Park. To complete Friday's fun, a fireworks show by Wolverine Fireworks Display, Inc. will light up the sky starting at dusk at the ball fields across from the former elementary school.
New this year, a splash tank will provide attendees the opportunity to soak an area celebrity for only $1 per three attempts. The tank will be located in LeRoy Village Park from noon to 5 p.m. on both days of the event.
"You can pay a buck and drench the local store owner," Servello said with a laugh.
Saturday also hosts an array of activities suitable for all ages, including a 5K race, horseshoe tournaments, a 10:30 a.m. grand parade, an 11:30 a.m. car show, live performances, arm wrestling tournaments and more. Hungry families can take advantage of the famous chicken BBQ luncheon at 11 a.m. at LeRoy Community Park. Meals cost $8. To end LeRoy Razzasque Days, a street dance will begin at 9 p.m. and last until 1 a.m.
Servello said she believes 40 years of the event proves that the families living in and around LeRoy care about their history and take pride in continuing the tradition through many more years.
"It's lots of work, but when you hear the appreciation of the attendees, it's worth it," she added.
The money raised from the celebration helps benefit businesses, organizations, and programs of the community. For more information on LeRoy Razzasque Days or or to register for one of the events, visit www.razzdays.org or find it on Facebook.