October 20, 2021

Holiday in Homer returns this weekend

Joe McIntyre/staff photographer

Traffic is shown on Main Street in downtown Homer in this 2019 Cortland Standard file photo.


The Holiday in Homer event has been moved to Sunday due to predicted storm conditions, Homer Village Treasurer Tanya DiGennaro said Friday.
All the events will remain the same. The National Weather Service expects showers, periods of heavy rain, and the potential for flash-flooding.


For Paula Harrington, the Holiday in Homer is more than just a day-long event.

“It’s a tradition,” said Harrington, the Holiday in Homer chairwoman, on Thursday. “It’s part of what people do in Homer and I think it’s great.”

After losing the tradition last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Holiday in Homer returns Sunday for its 40th year. The event, 9 a.m to 4 p.m., will feature food, 75 vendors, music and games on the Homer village green.

More details

More information on Holiday in Homer can be found at www.holidayinhomer. org or by visiting the Holiday in Homer Facebook page.

The Homer Methodist Church will serve breakfast as well, from 7 to 10 a.m.

Visitors, notably, will also be able to dunk a Homer police officer in a dunk tank between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Harrington said.

“We think we’re going to have a great show,” Harrington said. “There are some things we can’t do, but there are a million things we can.”

All proceeds go to the Homer Congregational Church — the sponsor of the event for programs like Providing Resources and Essentials to Prepare Kids for School, which helps provide sneakers, socks and toiletries for children before they go back to school, Harrington said.

The quilt show that in previous years was inside the Homer Congregational Church was canceled this year and the lunch that also used to be in the church has been moved onto the green, she said.

“That’s the only changes,” Harrington said.

Jean Quinn, owner of Arnold’s Florist on Cayuga Street, said she hadn’t experienced the event before as she bought her store in September 2019 so she wasn’t sure of what that would mean in terms of foot traffic coming to her store.

But she was ready to find out.

“I’m excited to have everything come back and that things are opening up,” she said.

Quinn’s business stayed steady during the pandemic with deliveries, but with many COVID restrictions dropping, more people have been coming into her store.

“Now that we have more customers coming through the door, it’s really good,” she said.

Harrington said it was heartbreaking to lose the event last year but “we understood there was nothing we could do.”

Holiday in Homer events in years past have drawn somewhere around 1,500 to 2,000 people throughout the day, said Homer Mayor Darren “Hal” McCabe.

After all that was lost last year, Harrington said the time is right for the event.

“I think the community is starving to come together after being in a pandemic,” she said.

Harrington said people should follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines while attending, including having those who have not been fully vaccinated to wear a mask.

Free car seat checks Saturday in Homer

Free car-seat checks by certified safety technicians will be offered Saturday in Homer, the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee has announced.

The event will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Homer Fire Department on Main Street. Contact Rebecca Smith at 607-758-5509 or email rsmith@cortland-co.org for details.

Appointments are recommended, and COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed.

The event is part of a yearlong safety initiative in which state and local law enforcement agencies and others bring trained technicians who use the “learn, practice, and explain” model to teach parents and caregivers how to choose and install an appropriate seat for their child’s age and size and their vehicle.

In addition to car seat inspections, parents and caregivers can view a series of videos on proper installation of rear-facing and forward-facing car seats and booster seats, as well as on registering a child safety seat and finding the right car seat based a child’s age and size.