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EXTRAVA”CAN”ZA 2024-Sat. May 25 & Sun. May 26

You can help the Waterloo Rotary Club fight hunger locally by joining us in a little friendly competition called EXTRAVA”CAN”ZA 2024. The goal is to stock the shelves of a local food pantry (of your choice) with non-perishable food items (canned or boxed food) in May.  Our goal is to collect 5000 non-perishable items.

What’s involved? Organize a team to collect food items and use the items to build a structure at the Waterloo Community Center on May 24 and be displayed May 25 and 26. Rules and tips for building a structure are on the reverse side of this form.  Most importantly, be creative and have fun!

How do You get involved? Register your team by completing the form below and returning it to us along with a $10 fee to be donated to Hunger Initiatives by May 15, 2024. Your structure must be built on Friday, May 24 from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm (other times on Friday can be arranged) and ready for display on May 25 and 26. Winners in several prize categories will be recognized, including a People’s Choice award!

On Sat. May 25 and Sunday, May 26 anyone may visit the displays to browse and/or to vote from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm on Sat. and 10:00 am until 3:00 pm on Sunday. Votes are 10 for $1.00.  

Food must be picked up at 3:00 by the food pantry named.  Uncollected donations will be donated to Cayuga Seneca Community Action Agency.

Waterloo ExtravaCANza registration forms & Guidelines


Rules & Guidelines

    • Aluminum food cans or boxed food of all sizes may be used.
    • Cans must be full, unopened, with labels intact and legible. FOOD MAY NOT BE BEYOND THE BEST BUY/ BEST USED BY/EXPIRATION DATE.
    • Labels may not be covered or altered in any way.
    • Do not place tape anywhere on the can’s label. During take down, the tape may pull the label from the can. A can with no label cannot be taken to the food pantry.
    • Accessory props are allowed; however, props and boxes should not be a dominating feature of the entry.
    • No glass containers, pet food, alcoholic beverages, open or exposed foods are allowed.
    • Velcro and clear tape may be used as adhesives but remember to not cover the label.
    • Teams are allowed to place colored paper discs on the tops of cans.
    • No permanent adhesives, such as glues, may be used.
    • Leveling or supporting materials are permitted.
    • Please create a large “professional” sign telling the public and the judges who you are and about your structure. The sign should have any information pertinent to your structure that will help draw the judges’ and public’s eye to your display as described. This sign should also contain information on the number of items used, cost of your build and the name of the Hunger Initiative you have chosen to receive the food.
    • Each team may dismantle their own on Sunday, May 26 at 3:00 p.m. If you do not, Waterloo Rotary will dismantle it. Props must be picked up at 3:00 p.m. on May 26. If Waterloo Rotary dismantles the structure, no props will be returned.  Someone from the group you have chosen as the recipient should pick up the food on Sunday, May 26 at 3 pm.  Food not picked up will be donated to Cayuga Seneca Community Action Agency.  
    • This year’s theme is “Waterloo Remembers”.
    • Judges will be looking for displays for the following categories:

             Best Meal 

             Most Creative 

             Best Theme

             People’s Choice

    Judging will be based on design, overall conception, imagination, and creativity based on the rules. Entries will also be judged based on practicality of the foods used. What do we mean by practical? That means a build using more protein-rich foods and less Kool-Aid would do better than one made completely out of Doritos.  Our goal here is to feed the hungry well; remember that when selecting building materials.

    • All awards will be presented on Monday, June 3, 2024 at the Waterloo Rotary Club dinner meeting at  Ciccino’s in Waterloo at 6:00 p.m. 
    • The People’s Choice winner will be determined by the EXTRAVA”CAN”ZA 2024 structure with the most votes from the community. Community voting will take place on Sat. May 25 and Sun. May 26 at the Community Center.  To vote, community members will need to buy tickets (10 for $1) and place them in the container by the structure of their choice.  

    Still Have Questions?

Celebrate Commemorate Parade Saturday May 25th

Waterloo Remembers

Click here for Some Suggested Parade Etiquette for those attending the 2024 Parade

Parade Co-Chair – Sarah Smolinski    315.745.9928

The parade will line up at 10:30 a.m. and step out promptly at 11 a.m. for the march down Main Street.

Parade Line Up

Celebrate Parade Float Contest

Slideshow of the 2018 Parade

Printable – Celebrate Commemorate Parade Line-Up

Freedom Parade

This year’s honor float in the Freedom Parade pays tribute to our men and women who have served.  Come watch the Romulus Girl Scouts come together to carry a large flag down main street in honor of all military men and women who have served and are still serving.  We welcome anyone who would like to join us in this great opportunity.

A float by Girl Ccout Troop 60562 will honor all veterans.  Any Vet who would like to ride on the float is invited to call Sarah Smolinski at 315-745-9928 or Nicole Hunsberger at 315-719-5247.

Veterans will follow in cars, motorcycles and especially buses from the VA hospital in Canandaigua.  Those who want to drive their own cars must have at least three people in the vehicle.  Following the parade, vets will be hosted at a chicken barbecue lunch at the VFW.  Please RSVP to Karen Lewis at 315-651-9513 to allow the VFW to plan for enough food.

Groups that have been in the parade before, know what fun it can be.  Once again, there will be divisions for military and officials; youth organizations, schools and families; churches, senior citizens and organizations; and vehicles.  The Civil War and American Revolutionary War re-enactors will have a “parade within a parade.” Watch for special “dignitaries” in this year’s parade including US President Abe Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman.  The very popular Hit Men Brass Band will join Downbeat Percussion, Mighty St. Joe’s Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps, the Waterloo Central School Band and the Finger Lakes Pipes & Drums in the lineup this year.

Bring your chair and wave a flag to honor our vets and community stars!

Parade Participants Form




The Cornell Cooperative Extension Culinary Tent

“The Culinary tent is a great resource to learn about foods grown and produced locally in Seneca County and the surrounding Finger Lakes area,” said CCE Executive Director Ave Bauder. “The public is invited to taste delicious samples, while getting new recipes and nutrition tips.

Saturday will feature a variety of presenters offering tasty samples.
Sunday will offer a Jr. Iron Chef Competition.  Check it out.

Click below to enlarge The Cornell Cooperative Extension Culinary Tent printable schedule

The Cornell Cooperative Extension Culinary tent will have lots of great information about food and nutrition throughout the weekend, plus gardening, agriculture, recycling, and youth programming from CCE.  Stop in for some tips and recipes.



All activities take place in the Cornell Cooperative Extension Culinary Tent


10:00 Blender Bike your way to Healthy Breakfast Smoothies. Take a spin on Lafayette Park our blender bike provided by the Creating Healthy Schools and Communities (CHSC) grant. Sample a healthy smoothie made with local products, learn new recipes from SNAP-ed, and tips to start your day right from CCE Nutrition Educators.  

11:30-1:00 Dairy! Milk, ice cream, butter, cheese, yogurt…yum! Lafayette Park Come taste some dairy samples, learn more about how dairy products are produced, recipes, and nutritional benefits.  You may even get to practice milking a cow. We will be making homemade whipped cream and taste sampling it with locally grown strawberries.

1:00- 2:00 Farm to School Recipes and Samples It’s not the cafeteria food you Lafayette Park

remember! CCE is working with NYS Dept of Ag & Markets and our local school districts to bring more local products and produce into school cafeterias. Try some Farm to School recipes, check out our apple slicer and learn more about this exciting program.

  2:00 – 3:30 Master Food Preservation Demonstrations. Lafayette Park Master Food preservers will be demonstrating how to safely preserve foods in peak flavor and freshnessat home, including making pickles. Recipes and food samples will be provided. Want to become a Master Food Preserver yourself? Come talk with us.

  3:30 –    5:00 Growing and Cooking with Fresh Herbs. Lafayette Park Learn how to grow fresh herbs at home and how to incorporate them into your  food. Recipes, samples, and seed starting materials will be provided.


  9:00 –   12:00 Learn how to Rethink Your Drink with 4-H! Lafayette Park Sample some healthy ways to stay hydrated as the weather warms up.

12:00 –     4:00 7th Annual 4-H Junior Iron Chef Competition! Open to teams of Middle Lafayette Park and/or High School Students.  Watch youth repurpose vendor food from the festival into something different and compete to go on to the NYS State Fair. Celebrity judges!

For a complete list of events at our Culinary Tent, go to our website at:

“Healthy Kids” Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Wednesday, May 1st


Waterloo, NY – April 16th, 2024 – Healthy Kids Programs, a leading provider in early childhood education, is thrilled to announce the opening of its new location in Waterloo, NY. The new center aims to extend its award-winning care to families in the Waterloo community, providing a solid foundation for the leaders of tomorrow.

With over 16 years of delivering excellence in child development in over 100 locations throughout the country, Healthy Kids brings its innovative approach to early learning to the heart of Waterloo.

The new center is designed to cater to the needs of children from 6 weeks to 12 years old, offering a variety of programs including Early Learning (6 weeks-5 years), FREE Saturday Enrichment Program (3-5 years), School Aged Before/After School Care (K-12 years), & Summer Camp (K-12 years). “Our curriculum fosters intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth through play- based learning and creative exploration.”

“As a Certified Benefit Corporation, our goal isn ‘t just profits but also using our business as a force for good that helps the children, families, & staff in the Waterloo community thrive.”

Healthy Kids is also proud to work hand in hand with multiple outlets to provide tuition assistance to eligible families. They even offer families up to 4 weeks of FREE childcare while they are in the process of applying for assistance so their child can start the program right away.

“Healthy Kids is so excited to be part of the Village of Waterloo’s successful initiative to renovate, re-open and revitalize one of the most charming downtowns in all of New York. The Village’s innovative leadership spearheaded New York State funding to help transform an underutilized building into a state of the art Healthy Kids childcare center that will offer excellent programming, enable parents to return to the workplace and enable employers to hire parents. A win win win!” says Healthy Kids CEO Steven Dwek

The grand opening celebration is scheduled for early May, where families can meet the staff, tour the new facility, and learn more about the programs while the kiddos enjoy some fun activities and entertainment.

Healthy Kids Programs is now enrolling for Early Learning, Summer Camp & The Free Saturday Enrichment Program. The Preschool classroom is now open, and the Toddler/Infant rooms will open towards the end of the month.

Parents are encouraged to contact the center’s Director LaQuanda at (585)376-3694 or for more details or they can visit for a list of open house dates.

Free Saturday Enrichment Program

Now – Open – Waterloo


Grow Seneca Initiative

The Grow Seneca Mission is to help businesses start, grow, and learn survival with the ups and downs of owning a small business in Seneca County New York. Grown Seneca will be here to coach small businesses along the way and be a listening ear when needed. Please see the below press release for more details.

Grow Seneca Initiative Press Release

Business leaders who wish to join the Grow Seneca Initiative or are looking for help, are encouraged to email or call 315-539-1700.


CONTACT: Administrator Don Northrup, (315) 539-9131,

The Village of Waterloo is Requesting Input on 2023 Downtown Revitalization Initiative application at Community Center

Waterloo, NY, September 7, 2023 – The Village of Waterloo will be hosting a public hearing at the Waterloo Community Center on Wednesday, September 13, 2023, at 6:00PM to gather input on the Village’s application for up to $10 million in Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) or up to $4.5 million in New York Forward funding from the State of New York. Individuals who participate will be given an opportunity to comment on potential transformative projects included in the application(s). 

Potential projects include village building improvements, streetscape upgrades, year-round event spaces, and canalside enhancements.

Additional information on the State’s DRI program will be provided at the meeting.