Lilac Festival to pop with purple

The lilacs are getting ready to bloom at Highland Park (WHAM photo)

The lilacs have not quite popped yet, but that is not stopping the Rochester area and those from afar from getting excited!

Preparations are well underway for the 2016 Rochester Lilac Festival, and local businesses and festival-goers are anxious for Friday.

"All the locals, we just love it!" Brandy Solomon told 13WHAM News. "It brings people from far and wide. Trying to get a little sneak peek right now before the madness begins, but it's all in fun!"

She said she has been coming to the Lilac Festival since she was a little girl and continues to come with her family.

Alex Tahou owns the 98-year-old family business Nick Tahou Hots and said he has been setting up at the festival for decades. "This is the best festival that Rochester could ever ask for," he said.

Andrew Sundberg of Sonny's said he will sell thousands of hot dogs during the festival. He said it is revenue his business relies upon, "We pray and hope and count on the weather to make it a successful weekend," he said.

Restaurant owners, including Howard Nielsen from Sticky Lips, said people take a bite of their food at the festival and come back for more. "People get a chance to taste our food and later we see them back at the restaurant," said Nielsen.

Tahou said it is all about family at the festival, "We all become family," he said. "There isn't anybody in this tent who isn't family."

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