HOMER, N.Y. - At least one thousand people are expected to attend this weekend's annual Homer Winterfest in the village of Homer.
The festivities kick off on Friday at 5:30 p.m. with a fish fry dinner and buffet hosted by the Homer Elks Lodge. That will be followed by a gingerbread cookie decorating contest at Sinfully Sweet Café at 6 p.m.
At 6:30 p.m., organizers will light a bonfire next to the Village Community Building at 45 S. Main St. Twenty minutes later is the fireworks show by Pyrotechnico.
At 7 p.m., the Center for the Arts in Homer will unveil the grand opening of the Community Arts Challenge. It will include an exhibit of visual art entries, performances of the music, dance, poetry and drama entries, and the awarding of prizes in the fine arts, photography, artisan crafts, choreography, music, and writing. The exhibits will remain open on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The big event on Saturday is the parade on Main Street, which kicks off at 10 a.m. The parade starts at Clinton Street and ends on Cayuga Street.
Other events on Saturday include a snow sculpture contest, a pancake breakfast, flea market, antique and small crafts sale, children's events, a chili cook-off, wine tasting, and the human dog sled race.