Under sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s, the 117th annual Rochester Lilac Festival kicked off today.
Director of Monroe County Parks, Larry Staub, says the flowers are in bloom just at the right time.
"The flowers are awesome. This heat wave couldn't have come at a better time -- everything's popping and everything's coming out at once," Staub said.
Public relations manager for the festival, Randi Minetor, says there are plenty of new attractions this year, starting with a home and garden show on both weekends, and a brew fest Thursday and Friday.