To the Citizens of North Olmsted, our Member Organizations, Vendors, and Friends:
North Olmsted Community Council (NOCC) is the civic group who sponsors and manages the annual Homecoming Festival. NOCC is made up of member organizations from across the city, and it has always been our greatest pleasure to be a part of this enduring tradition. This year we were to be celebrating 75 years of Homecoming.
The NOCC President and Board of Directors, in consultation with Mayor Kennedy, has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Homecoming Festival. We are not alone in this, as anyone can see by reading the long list of canceled festivals, fairs, and large gatherings across the state. Utmost in our consideration was the safety and health of our members, vendors, volunteers, entertainment groups, and our patrons. This was not an easy decision to make, but we felt it was necessary.
Aside from the obvious health concerns, it is logistically impossible to design or enforce appropriate social distancing along our midway, the parade route, the bandstand, or any number of areas typically found in our festival. Carnival rides are a big part of Homecoming, but with State ride inspectors on furlough there was no guarantee our rides could be inspected and certified by the State, which is unacceptable to us. Imagine a Homecoming with no rides, fewer midway booths, no parade, and essentially no congregating and socializing. It doesn’t sound like much fun.
For anyone growing up in North Olmsted, Homecoming was the capstone of Summer, a last bit of fun just before school started, football kicked off, and the weather started cooling off. Who doesn’t remember meeting teachers in the Big Tent, or enjoying something delicious at the Taste of North Olmsted, or munching on a roasted ear of corn or maybe a pierogi dinner? How about some fresh squeezed lemonade or those delicious French fries, a funnel cake or a nice cool beverage? Who remembers marching in the parade, or watching your children and grandchildren march by? We know how much Homecoming means to North Olmsted, so we’re asking you to keep those memories alive, and join us again next year.
President, North Olmsted Community Council