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Lilac Fest welcomes huge Mother's Day crowd

Rochester, N.Y. -- The Lilac Festival welcomed thousands of families into Highland Park Sunday, and the weather could not have been more perfect for those celebrating Mother's Day.

"We come out to Lilac Festival every year to sit down in the lawn and relax and enjoy the scenery, watch everybody play and get some good food," said Jenna Morgante of Brighton.

"There seems to be a huge amount of people here," said Therese O'Connor. "It's a beautiful day, so everyone's going to want to come out and enjoy the festival when it's such a gorgeous day."

Many snapped pictures with the beautiful lilacs that just started blooming.

"We did smell one over there," said O'Connor. "There was one that had just a couple flowers and we got to smell, so that was good."

"The lilacs are starting to bloom," said Randi Minetor, Lilac Festival public relations manager. "Thank goodness, not that we ever doubted them."

Minetor said the lilacs should be in full bloom by the end of the festival that goes on every day through next Sunday.

This Sunday, though, the lilacs are only a supporting role next to our moms.

"My mom is just one of the strongest women I know" said Morgante. "She's there for everybody and she doesn't miss a beat and she's always on, whether it's being there to talk to or just to make sure we're loved."

"It's just a joy as a mother to watch your daughter just spread a little more love around for her children," said Danise Vetromile, Morgante's mother. "It's wonderful. I'm very blessed."

Minetor said the festival saw about 100,000 people on Sunday. About 500,000 people total attend the 10-day event every year. She said it's too early to tell if this year's turnout was greater than previous years.

 
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