Razzasque Days kicks off July 13 and 14 in LeRoy

LEROY – Though no one knows quite where the festival name came from, visitors and residents alike know to expect a good time at the annual LeRoy Razzasque Days festival.

Traditionally the second weekend in July, the 39th Razzasque Days will be held July 13 and 14 and include favorites such as the kids parade, car show and the crowning of Miss LeRoy.

“It’s a great couple days to bring the family out. We have a lot of family activities,” said Razzasque Days board vice president Carey Johnson.

The festival will kick off with the Razzasque Days Open beginning at 9 a.m. Friday at The Rose golf course in LeRoy. Registration for the golf outing still is available by calling (231) 768-5060.

At noon, the annual children’s parade will be held. Children are encouraged to dress to represent this year’s theme as LeRoy celebrates the Olympics. Prizes will be given to the best-dressed parade walkers.

“We leave the theme open to interpretation, so the judges like to see the more creative you are,” Johnson said. “It should be pretty interesting and patriotic.”

The annual Miss LeRoy pageant for teen girls age 14 to 19 will be held on Friday night with the addition of a Junior Miss LeRoy pageant this year for girls age 9 to 13.

“We’re trying to get some of the younger girls involved,” Johnson said.

Junior Miss LeRoy and Miss LeRoy contestants will be judged on an essay submission, be asked a prepared question on stage and be interviewed on stage. Potential contestants still can enter the competitions. Those wanting to sign up for the Junior Miss LeRoy pageant should call Kathryn Stroh at (231) 394-0336 and interested Miss LeRoy candidates should call Johnson at (231) 388-0302.

The winners of Miss LeRoy and Junior Miss LeRoy will march in the grand parade at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday along with floats and walking groups from local organizations.

“Our grand marshalls this year are Kim and Lori Leudeman,” Johnson said. “They have been great supporters of our community over the years.”

Due to lack of fundraising, the annual fireworks will not be a part of the event this year, but plans already have begun for the fireworks next year.

New to the festival this year will be monster truck rides from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. For $5 per person, individuals can ride in a full-sized monster truck on Kent Street in LeRoy.

“We also have a chain saw carver coming to town. We had (this event) last year and it was a big hit,” Johnson said.

The carver will showcase his craft from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. The event is sponsored by LeRoy Chamber of Commerce and Robertson Well Drilling with carving wood being donated by Rothig Forest Products. The wood projects carved during the event will be auctioned off.

Many other activities will be held during the two-day festival that packs the small town every year. Razzascue Days attracts both locals and out-of-towners, Johnson said, and the number of participants is hard to calculate.

“Some of the biggest events will be the chicken barbecue on Saturday and the car show on Saturday,” she said. “We’d like to invite everybody out. A lot of work went into this.”

For more information and a complete schedule for LeRoy Razzascue Days, visit www.razzdays.org.