Old Home Days kicks off despite inclement weather

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) — Although the Old Home Days event kicked off Tuesday, Mother Nature didn’t play along. That forced officials to cancel the opening day parade.

Despite the cancellation of the parade, the event is continuing on like planned. This year’s plans included several modifications to remedy complaints of noise and teenagers loitering after dark which poured in during 2014’s event.

The overall theme of the changes were an attempt to step back and focus on family fun. Attendance at the annual carnival was up in 2014, but revenue was down. Organizers hope changes will curb mass appeal and increase family attendance.

Organizers have restricted backpacks for those under 18-years-old after 6 p.m., and those children will need to be accompanied by an adult. Festival officials will also close down the rides at 10 p.m. to begin clearing the park. The beer tent will close at 11 p.m.

Spokesperson Maria MacPeek said unsupervised teenagers hanging out at the Island Park carnival haven’t been conducive for family style entertainment.

“We have seen shoplifting and vandalism, something we have never seen before at this event,” she said. “So it was very concerning to us, and the organizers of the event got together and had to make a statement this year–we want it to be a community family fun event again.”

The Old Home Days will run through Saturday.

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