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Opening ceremonies for It’s a Wonderful Life Festival unveiled

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The beloved “It’s a Wonderful Life Festival” is set to begin in Seneca Falls on December 7, marking its annual transformation into the iconic Bedford Falls from Frank Capra’s classic film.


Celebrating its 77th anniversary, the festival aims to honor the local community and those who have significantly contributed to it. The weekend festivities will commence with a ribbon cutting and a Community Winter Block Party on State Street, featuring a DJ, dancing, and winter treats like hot chocolate and s’mores.

Highlighting the opening night, the Ruth Dakin Bailey Grand Marshal Award will be presented to the family of Menzo Case, recognized for his profound impact on the community, likened to George Bailey’s character in the film. The award, sponsored by Cari & Jeff Loop and the Kindness Trust Foundation, pays homage to Virginia Patton Moss, who played Ruth Dakin Bailey in the movie. Alongside this, the festival will announce the winners of the Seneca Falls Lights Contest, with participants vying for cash prizes in various categories.

The festival committee will also donate $8,000 to local charities, mirroring the amount lost by Uncle Billy in the movie. Beneficiaries include the Seneca County House of Concern, Community Action Program, Seneca Falls Backpack Program, Inc., and Trevor’s Gift. These donations underscore the festival’s commitment to community support, reflecting the spirit of unity showcased in “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Attendees can enjoy tacos from Fall Street Brewing and chili from Parkers Restaurant throughout the evening. For more information and a full schedule of events, visitors can go to www.TheRealBedfordFalls.com.