Will the lilacs be ready for the Lilac Festival?

Created: 04/25/2014 7:35 PM WHEC.com
By: Josh Nichols

The Lilac Festival returns two weeks from today. Since Mother Nature just can't seem to let go of winter, News10NBC wanted to know if festival organizers have concerns about the weather getting in the way of the fun that's planned.

Just two weeks from today, thousands of people from all across our area and visitors from around the world will start descending on Rochester for what some may argue is Rochester’s signature festival, the Lilac Festival at Highland Park. And as we get closer, there's one question that's on the minds of those organizing and attending this year, how will the weather impact this year's event?

The lilacs at Highland Park are the stars of the show every spring and they come in all different sizes, shapes and colors.  Each year since the first official Lilac Festival was held in 1908, thousands of people descend on Highland Park from all across our area and from countries all over the world to take in the aroma and sights of these signature Rochester flowers. They also come to enjoy the festival atmosphere and all it has to offer. But one big factor comes into that affects everyone, and that's the weather, which organizers are already thinking about today.

Randi Minetur said, “If it's a cloudy cool day like today, I think we're going to have crowds here enjoying all the food vendors and the music. If it's a beautiful sunny day, we'll have bigger crowds, but generally we have not found that people stay away unless the weather is really bad and we are a hardy group.”

Some years bring more than their fair share of wet weather, while others bring no shortage of sunshine. Either way, organizers are ready to make this year's Lilac Fest great no matter what the weather.

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