HOMER, N.Y. — Hundreds are expected to attend Homer Winterfest this weekend, which will take place Fri., Jan. 27, and Sat., Jan. 28 at various locations and venues in the village of Homer.
Now in its seventeenth year, the festival has become an annual tradition for residents in and around the village of Homer. It is sponsored by a number of local businesses and community organizations.
This year's festival will feature 33 different events including a chili cook-off at Hobeau's Fireside Grill, a snow sculpture contest, wine and cheese tasting, a wing-eating contest, a bonfire, a number of children's events and a parade on Main Street.
"It's a small-town parade, but people do turn out for it," says festival co-organizer Steve Major, who serves on the Homer Winterfest Committee and has been involved with the event for the past seven years. Major is one of what he calls the "core eight" volunteers that help put on the event, along with help from others in the community.
The festival kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday with a Community Arts Challenge at the Center for the Arts of Homer. The event is sponsored by the Cultural Council of Cortland County and the Center for the Arts.