The 25th Manchester Homecoming Festival is this Friday through Sunday at Manchester's Schroeder Park, and it is set to be a fun filled weekend.
The events kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday and runs until 11:30 p.m. that evening. The annual homecoming parade is Saturday at 9 a.m.. It starts at Journey Church on Old Highway 141 and ends at Parkway Southwest Middle School. The festival then runs 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
(Check the PDF portion of this article for the parade route and parking shuttle stops.)
This year, the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks will be acknowledged with a special ceremony and moment of silence at 7 p.m. Saturday. The ceremony will take place at the Corey J. Donnelly Memorial Amphitheater and include a proclamation read by Mayor David Willson.
Councilwoman Marilyn Ottenad works closely with the Manchester Homecoming Committee and is hoping for an amazing turnout for Manchester's biggest event of the year.
This year the event will feature food, live music, a wine garden and much more with 25 vendors, including Town and Country-Manchester Patch, registered for the festival. Be sure to stop by the Patch booth and say hello.
"It's also the best year for sponsors we've ever had," Ottenad told Town and Country-Manchester Patch. "We've really had a lot of donations of all kinds."
She said that this year, those along the parade route will get a special treat as an old trolley that used to ride around Grant's Farm will be used in the parade. The Manchester Homecoming Express will carry current and past Homecoming Committee members along the parade route this year. A member of the Homecoming Committee purchased and restored the old trolley that dates back to at least the 1960s.
For more information on the festival visit the Manchester Parks and Recreation Department section on the left hand side of the City of Manchester website.