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Sliding Into the Season

Story by Jon Cerio SYRACUSE, N.Y. —  How do you spell fun?  Today at Onondaga Lake Park, the correct answer was L-E-O-N, for LEON Day.

Today marks the fourth-straight year that the park has hosted the event – which spells NOEL backwards, and serves as an homage to the halfway-point to Christmas.

“Yeah, it’s like halfway here,” Liverpool resident Rachel Vandusen said.  “And it sounds like a great time, having a great celebration for the start of summer.”

However this year, there was even more to the event than just a Christmas-theme.

“It’s the kickoff to their summer break,” Galaxy Communications Sales Manager Brittney Christie said.  “We bring in face painters, we’ll have carnival games, bounce houses…”

And there’s something else that makes this year’s LEON Day stand out.

“One fun thing we’re doing this year…we’re trying to have the largest pajama party,” Christie said.  “Fun Flicks is bring in a 40-foot movie screen.  So we’re going to have movies, fireworks…just a really fun family event.”

Liverpool residents at the park today seemed to agree – LEON Day is all about family fun, but it really focuses on one age group in particular.

“It’s all about the kids,” Liverpool resident Angela Rose Grillo said.  “It’s so important to have events that celebrate children.  Children teach us so much.”

Today at Onondaga Lake Park, people of all ages learned that, no matter the time of year – fun is always in season.