Perinton Bicentennial family picnic, contests to be held Saturday, July 14 | Community Spirit
The Town of Perinton’s two-week celebration of its 200th anniversary comes to a close this weekend with a gala family picnic on Saturday, July 14 and a concert on Sunday, July 15 evening, both at Center Park behind the Perinton Community Center on Turk Hill Road.
“We’ve had a wonderful string of events with great participation from the community,” said Pat Knapp, member of the Perinton Bicentennial Executive Committee. “But we’ve always planned that the family picnic this Saturday would be a highlight, because there’s something for people of all ages – and, once again, it’s all free.”
The picnic, from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday features an antique car show, a firemen’s waterball competition, a horseshoe tournament, a Lollypop Farm “kissing booth,” Gadgets the Clown, and plenty of traditional, old-time picnic games like potato sack relays, and three-legged races. For pre-schoolers, there’s duck-duck-goose, ring-around-the-rosey, and red light-green light.
Contests at the event include hog calling, beard and mustache appearance, and watermelon-seed spitting. The world’s record for spitting a watermelon seed, by the way, is nearly 69 inches — set 25 years ago in Texas.
At 7 p.m. the popular Pan Loco Street Band will take Center Stage for a two-hour performance.
At 6 p.m. on Sunday, the final official event of the bicentennial will take place on Center Stage featuring a concert by Bill Tiberio and Friends and the Bill Welch Band. At that time, a painting of Perinton Park by local artist and architect Bud DeWolff will be raffled off.
Tickets for the raffle may be purchased in advance at the Perinton Community Center, or at the final concert.
Winners of the Bicentennial Scavenger Hunt and the Bicentennial Holy Hunt also will be announced at the concert.
Click here for a full schedule of Bicentennial events.