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Lilac Festival Ends On A Chilly Note

TWC News

The 118th edition of  Rochester’s Lilac Festival ended on a chilly note, with temperatures in the 40s and some ice pellets mixed in with showers and breaks of sun on Sunday.

Festival organizers say attendance for the 10-day festival was in line with past years, when the event usually draws a total of about a half-million people overall.

Organizers tell Time Warner Cable News that a week ago, on the first Saturday of this year’s event, they saw a record breaking number of about 130,000 people in one day.

On Sunday, Vision Automotive Group presented a $10,000 check to Golisano Children's Hospital. Festival goers donated a dollar or two to dip their hands in paint and put it on a large hope sign.

Rochester singer-songwriter Joe Brucato performed Shine, an inspirational ballad about the fight against cancer, featuring the Pittsford Sutherland High School chorus.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.