Armonk Lions’ Fol De Rol Is Bigger and Better than Ever
By A.J. Brodsky
Updated June 4, 2014
The Fol de Rol is making a return to Armonk for its 40th anniversary and this year, there'll be more than ever, says event Co-Chair Anita Cozza. The carnival opens with rides at Wampus Elementary School on Thursday night, June 5, and continues Friday, and then on Saturday and Sunday extends into Wampus Brook Park. To some, the Fol de Rol is a way for kids to enjoy the rides with those ever-popular one-price bracelets ($22) to ride all day or night. Others may enjoy eating the scrumptious treats, or playing the games for a chance at the big prizes. There will be a DJ and dancing that some may see as a romantic opportunity. And others may browse through the vendor booths that will display a plethora of items, including some unique end-of- year teachers’ gifts. There will be something for everyone and all should come on out to help celebrate the 40th anniversary of Armonk Lions’ pride and tradition.
This year, for the first time, the theme of the Fol de Rol is pets and Armonk loves its pets. Well-behaved pets and their owners are invited to march in the parade down Main Street and into Wampus Brook Park. Naturally, the parade will include our town board members and other invited dignitaries, as well a collection of attractive antique cars and music by the Banjo Rascals. The pet part of the parade will highlight our local rescue dogs from the Adopt-A-Dog shelter. After the parade there will be a pet judging contest at the Gazebo with creative categories of: "Best Dressed Pet,” "Most Unusual Pet,” "Most Creative Costume,” "Pet/Owner Look Alike,” and "Best Groomed." Pets and owners are assured to have a good time, so dress up and bring the family. There will also be some fun prizes.
On Saturday and Sunday, the Jersey Disc Devils will dazzle the crowd with a well-trained dog that loves to run and catch flying discs. The dog’s fast pace of twists and jumps while catching a disc or two will show off great speed and agility. The show is guaranteed to wow you! The flying-catching disc show and dog acrobatics, as well as the pet parade is a great addition to the weekend and should be lots of fun. To register your pets for the parade, be sure to visit the Armonk Lions website under the Fol de Rol tab. Please register by May 30th.
Craft vendors and purveyors have always been an important part of the festival and this year you won’t be disappointed with over 75 booths to browse. The Armonk Lions have outdone themselves by not only bringing in more vendors, but sporting a variety of items that will include handmade jewelry, candles, clothing, and much more. It’s a big step up from last year. The booths will be filled with of all sorts of things to dazzle your eyes but yet go easy on your pocketbook. Do come hungry for this year there will be six food vendors including some of our favorites: David Chen's and Opus 465 from around town, and Rita's Italian Ices and Anthony’s Biscottis from outside of Armonk.
The Armonk Lions proudly celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Fol de Rol festival and the 66th year of the founding of the local organization that well serves the community and is part of the Lions Club International. The proceeds from the Fol de Rol goes toward funding many North Castle projects. The Armonk Lions dedicate their time to create not just a fun atmosphere over a long weekend, but they support the local police and fire departments, school scholarships, Meals on Wheels, as well as building and maintaining the Lions Way Bridge in Wampus Brook Park. The Lions also donated a trailer to support the North Castle Citizens Corp Council (NC4) emergency organization and so much more. The Armonk Lions members say it's important to continue the tradition of the festival and invite everyone to come out to see your neighbors and enjoy the fun.
Doug Martino, President of the Armonk Lions, says it’s "gratifying for the Armonk Lions to be able to give back to the community. As much work as the Lions do, we wouldn't be successful without the generosity of the community. It's our work putting the Fol de Rol together, but the support of our neighbors is critical.”
Over the 40 years that the festival has been in town, there have been many changes. It doesn’t seem that long ago when the Lions celebrated their 25th anniversary. That was around the time when Murray Leffler, former treasurer and president of the Armonk Lions, became a member. Murray says, "This year the Fol de Rol will be the biggest and best it has ever been."
Regardless of what you're there for, the Fol de Rol is a fun experience for people of all ages.
Thursday and Friday's rides will run from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturday's events start at 10:00 a.m. and end at 10:00 p.m. Sunday, the final day, will open at 11:00 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m., but not before the raffle drawing that offers some nice prizes. Visit armonklions.org for more information.