16th Red, White and Balloon Festival

Now in it’s 16th year!  This is the main fundraising opportunity for the Friends of Letchworth State Park. Be sure to stop by and say hi to us, we aren’t hard to find as your concessionaire for the day!  

The balloon festival has the following launch times (weather permitting).

Friday – 6:30 pm
Saturday – 6 am and 6:30 pm
Sunday – 6 am and 6:30 pm
Monday – 6 am

FoLSP will have 2 concession stations one at the Archery fields and another at Trailside lodge.  The Trailside lodge location is new this year, in support of the Wildlife Educators Coalition (WEC).  They are hosting a “Wildlife Festival” from Noon until 5 pm at the Humphrey Nature Center.

2017 Scholarship Winner

Congratulations and Best Wishes to the winner of our annual Letchworth Scholarship this year….Linsey Rissinger from Letchworth Central School. High school senior students from the 5 area school districts bordering the park (Keshequa, Letchworth, Mt. Morris, Perry, and York) were eligible to participate. This year students were asked to submit an essay (minimum of 350 words) based on the impact that our new Humphrey Nature Center and its programs have around us.

“The Friends of Letchworth State Park” has been giving this award several years now to a graduating senior high school student. Our regional park director, Rich Parker, has graciously matched our award bringing it to $500 the last couple of years. Thanks Rich!

Linsey was honored at our luncheon following “I Love My Park Day” today with Rich Parker presenting the award.

Linsey is the daughter of Debby and Scott Rissinger from Gainesville. Linsey will be attending SUNY Brockport majoring in meteorology. We wish her the very best in all of her future endeavors!!


I Love My Park Day 2017 – A Success

We had a great turn out today. Even though we were dampened by the rain, our spirits could not be. Plenty of projects were accomplished and new Friends made. Thank you to everyone who made Letchworth State Park’s I Love My Park Day 2017 a success.

If you have pictures that you’d like to submit for this article from the project you worked on, please send them to friends@friendsofletchworth.com. If you’d like to do more projects like these, become a member today.