Crews prep ahead of start of Lilac Festival

Lilac Festival

ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) — Wednesday, crews were busy prepping at Highland Park in Rochester for the start of the Lilac Festival. There’s a new high top stage that overlooks the whole park and is a great place for watching all the music. There are a few new events and exciting twists for this year’s 121st Lilac Festival.

Some goodies this year: There will be a wine expo, craft beer expo, and Bloody Mary expo. Also, new types of diverse foods to try in addition to the traditional favorites. One of the biggest changes is a new parking lot for those coming to the fest. The proud producer of the Lilac Festival says you should avoid the parking tickets out in town, and spend your money here at the park.

“We were able to secure a very large lot off of Elmwood Avenue, some people would know it as the former location of the Rochester Psych Center, and there’s room for several hundred cars over there,” says Jeff Springut, producer. “It’s right on Elmwood between South Avenue and Goodman Street.”

This year, if you’re under 16, you must have an adult with you. No pets, be prepared to have your bags checked, and don’t bring food. There’s plenty of that here. For some food as drinks crew setting up today, this will be their first Lilac Festival.

“My family has always told me this place is amazing and that I have to come out here and check out the memorial and stuff, so I’m glad I finally got a chance to come out here,” adds Adam Barbour, Lilac Festival crew.

“The culture and the community, is top priority for me, it’s my first time meeting basically everybody here,” said Samantha Rutkauski, crew.

Springut says they’re working overtime just for all of you and this fest, the 121st, could be the best.

“It’s just been a fun family event, that’s what the Lilac Festival all about,” said Springut.

The festival runs Friday, May 10 through Sunday, May 19.

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