Kelleys Island is Feeling Groovy: Kelleys Island Celebrates 37th Homecoming

July 15, 2011

The Kelleys Island Landowners Association is hosting the 37th Homecoming festival on Saturday, August 20, on Kelleys Island.

The theme this year is FEELING GROOVY! Dust off your bell bottoms and love beads, your psychedelic t-shirts and groovy hairstyles, the 60’s are coming to Kelleys Island.
Festivities start at 11 a.m. with a parade along the south shore that ends at the picnic pavilion on Addison St, where the fun continues. Last year’s parade featured a collection of classic cars, hand-made floats, and lots of unusual costumes and decorated golf-carts and cars.

The parade is open to anyone, and only your imagination can limit your entry. Golf carts, classic cars, trucks, lawnmowers, tractors, bikes and people are all welcome to participate. There will be trophies for the top three theme-related entries based on originality and imagination.

This year there will be THREE concerts featuring Frank [Sinatra] & Dean [Martin], followed by the 7:30 Club and Mary Spayd McCormick and finally the super big band sound of the North Coast Band, returning for their 16th year. All through the day there are fun things for the family to do. Get your fill of hotdogs, roast pork and Italian sausage and sip cold beverages while shopping the craft and gift booths. Take in Mona Rutger’s Back to the Wild show and enter the pie contest (yum).

Fill the afternoon with children’s games and competitions that include a lip smacking snack cake eating contest and a round of marshmallow golf. Bring your special pet and compete in the pet parade. There are gift cards from Pet Supplies Plus for the Most Talented, Best Costume and Pet that Looks the Most like its Owner. This is a day full of games, prizes and fun for the family. New this year are corn hole tournaments, a silent auction featuring magnificent island-related prizes, and a bounce castle for the kids.

Put an island in your life with an old fashioned, small town celebration. Ferry service to the island is provided by the Kelleys Island Ferry Boat (419-798-9763) from Marblehead every 30 minutes all day and well into the night. The festivities are just a short walk from the ferry dock.

For information on booths, the parade, or any of the activities, contact the Landowners Association at or Leslie Korenko at 419-746-2432.

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