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May 5, 2004

Enjoy Summer 2004 in Oswego County

OSWEGO - From kites over Fort Ontario to fireworks, fairs, and historic re-enactments, Oswego County offers a packed schedule of activities for families to enjoy this spring and summer. The Oswego County Department of Promotion and Tourism has compiled a list of over 100 events in its "Summer" brochure. Here's a sample of the activities you can enjoy.

Community Day at Fort Ontario State Historic Site in Oswego features a military vehicle show and a kite-flying contest Saturday, May 15. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be an Armed Forces display of American military vehicles, sponsored by the Friends of Fort Ontario. At 2 p.m., the first 200 kids age 14 and younger will receive free kites. The kite-flying contest with prizes and refreshments is co-sponsored by Wal-Mart and the Kiwanis Club of Oswego. For Community Day, there will be free admission to the fort, open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information call 343-4711.

Fulton's 23rd Annual Memorial Day Salute will be Friday and Saturday, May 28 and 29 at Recreation Park, located on NYS Route 3 West. Friday's festivities are from 5 to 11 p.m., with a fireworks display at 10 p.m. and entertainment by Ruby Shooz. Saturday festivities are from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., with a parade at 10 a.m. and entertainment that evening by Freddie "Boom, Boom" Cannon with Gary Dunes. Midway rides and food continue throughout the weekend. Admission is free. For more information call 592-2707.

Oswego County Hospice Cup Regatta Family Day is Saturday, June 5, at Breitbeck Park and the McCrobie Building in Oswego. Registration for the 5K Walk/Run for Hope is at 8:45 a.m. The race begins at 10 a.m. Enjoy family fun in Breitbeck Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with entertainment, crafts, and food. The regatta race on Lake Ontario is a qualifying event for the National Hospice Regatta Alliance's 2004 invitational national championship. For registration, admission fees or more information call 343-5223 or go to www.oswegoyachtclub.org. All proceeds benefit the Oswego County Hospice.

Wine and Garden Party featuring the "Fabulous Foods of Fulton" and wine from some of the best wineries in New York State will be from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 5, at Voorhees Park, South Third and Buffalo Streets in Fulton. There will be live entertainment for the entire family. Costs are: $15 for food/wine tasting/wine glass; $8 for food only; $10 for wine tasting/ wine glass; $5 for wine tasting; and $3.50 for a glass of wine. For more information call 598-4231.

Parish Arts and Crafts Festival is Saturday, June 19, at the Parish Elementary School yard, 25 Union St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The juried art show features local crafters and artists, along with food and entertainment. Admission is free. For more information call 625-7354 or go to www.parishartsandcrafts.org.

Relive the Civil War at Historic Voorhees Park in Fulton Saturday, June 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Throughout the day there will be a Civil War encampment featuring soldiers' military drills and duties, Civil War band and songs, and interpreters from the Farmers' Museum. Presentations include Almeta Whitis' tales of the life of Harriet Tubman, and Howard Edmonds' tales from the Civil War. Admission is free. For more information call 598-4616.

A Strawberry Social and Block Dance with farmer's market and food vendors will be held Friday, June 25, from 3 to 11 p.m. at the Pulaski Historical Society, 3428 Maple Ave. Admission is free. Call 298-4650 for information.

The 147th Oswego County Fair will be held Thursday through Wednesday, July 1 through 7, at the Sandy Creek Fairgrounds. The parade is Thursday at 7 p.m. The fair will be open Friday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Featured attractions include animal shows and contests, demolition derbies, harness racing, truck pulls, a variety of rides, fireworks, live entertainment, and exhibits. Admission is $4 for adults; $2 for senior citizens; $1 for children; and free for children ages five and under. For a complete schedule of events and more information go to www.oswegocountyfair.org or call 387-3834.

An Old Fashioned Country Faire takes place Saturday, July 3, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Washington Square Park in Oswego. There will be a flea market, crafts, rides, games, entertainment, and chicken barbecue. Admission is free. For more information call 343-7681 or go to www.oswegochamber.com.

Independence Day Parade and Fireworks will be Sunday, July 4, in the City of Oswego. The parade begins at 1 p.m. on Bridge Street. This year's theme is "Life Is A Holiday." Fireworks at 9 p.m. Admission is free. For more information call 343-7681 or go to www.oswegochamber.com.

Gander Mountain 10th Annual Oswego County Pro-Am Salmon and Trout Team Tournament is Friday and Saturday, July 9 and 10, in Oswego and Mexico. Amateur and professional teams fish for cash and prizes. View the exciting weigh-in of each team's catch at the weigh station behind Best Western Captain's Quarters Hotel in Oswego. Teams weigh-in each day at 2:30 p.m. Awards are presented Saturday at 5 p.m. Admission is $400 for professional teams and $200 for amateur teams. Spectators are free. For more information call 298-2213 or 298-2410.

The British will invade Oswego once again at the Revolutionary War British Encampment Saturday and Sunday, July 10 and 11 at Fort Ontario State Historic Site. From 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. there will be Revolutionary War drills and living history demonstrations by British, Loyalist, and Native forces. Admission charged. For more information call 343-4711.

3rd Annual Sandy Island Beach/Selkirk Shores Triathlon is Sunday, July 11. Registration is at 7 a.m. at Sandy Island Beach State Park. The triathlon begins at 9 a.m. Participants will swim, bike, and run from Sandy Island Beach State Park in Sandy Creek to Selkirk Shores State Park in Pulaski. Registration fees are $40 per person and $90 for a three-person team. For more information call 298-5737 or 387-2657.

25th Anniversary Party and Ice Cream Social commemorating the founding of the Friends of History in Fulton and the Pratt House Museum will be Sunday, July 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the museum, 177 S. First St., Fulton. Exhibits will feature the Pratt House with special entertainment during the old-fashioned ice cream social. Admission is free. For more information call 598-4616.

Fulton YMCA Steamboat Run will be Saturday, July 17, at the Fulton War Memorial, starting at 9 a.m. There will be a 5K and 8K run through Fulton. Registration is $12 for the 5K run and $15 for the 8K run. For more information call 598-9622 or go to www.fultonymca.com.

Anglers Choice Team Bass Tournament is Saturday and Sunday, July 17 and 18, at Wright's Landing in Oswego, from safe light to 3 p.m. The tournament is part of Anglers Choice NY Division Tournament Trail and is the first major bass tournament to come to Oswego. Registration is $300 per team. For more information call 343-2731 or go to www.cnyfishing.com.

Band Concert and Fireworks by Young Explosives will be presented Sunday, July 18, at Mexico Point Park from 7 to 10 p.m. Dollars for Scholars will sell food. Admission is free. For more information call 963-3891.

Living History at Fort Ontario State Historic Site in Oswego presents demonstrations by the 150th NY Infantry and 15th NY Engineers of the Civil War, on Saturday, July 24, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission will be charged. For more information call 343-4711.

Harborfest 2004 takes place Thursday through Sunday, July 22 through 25, in the City of Oswego. Enjoy over 100 choices of admission-free entertainment on six big stages throughout Oswego, juried arts and crafts, and special events. Opening ceremonies will be Thursday in Breitbeck Park at 7 p.m. The "World-Class Fireworks Spectacular" takes place Saturday over the Oswego Harbor at 9:30 p.m. New in 2004, is a day-long air show over the harbor on Sunday. Trolleys and shuttle buses run continuously throughout the event. Admission is free. For a complete listing of events go to www.oswegoharborfest.com or call 343-6858.

SAIL Oswego Labatt Blue Regatta will be held during Harborfest, Friday through Sunday, July 23 through 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Wright's Landing. It's one of the largest regattas on Lake Ontario during the season with 50 to 60 yachts and 300 participants. Spectators are free. For registration and more information go to www.oswegoyachtclub.org or call 343- 9459.

Park Day at the William J. Farley Community Park in the Town of Schroeppel will be Wednesday, July 28, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. There will be pony rides, basketball competition, children's games, archery, and lacrosse. Admission is free. For more information call 695-2801.

Safe Haven's 60th Anniversary Celebration takes place Friday through Sunday, Aug. 6 through 8, commemorating the arrival of European refugees from the Holocaust of World War II at the Fort Ontario Refugee Shelter. There will be a reception for the refugees Friday evening. The public is invited to attend the anniversary dinner Saturday night. A Sunday brunch for the refugees is planned. For more information go to www.oswegohaven.org, or call 342-4265.

6th Annual Parish Volunteer Fire Company Car Show will be held Sunday, Aug. 8, at the Parish Fire Department from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Classic cars from 1900 to 2003 will be displayed along with children's games, music, and food. Admission is $3 per person or $10 to show a car. For more information call 625-7411.

Native American Heritage will be featured Saturday, Aug. 14, at Lake Neahtahwanta in Fulton from 3 to 7 p.m. The event features Joseph Bruchac, award-winning author and storyteller; James Bruchac, author, wildlife tracker and authority on Native American games; and Roger Perkins, Native American educator presenting Iroquois social songs and dances. There will be Native American artists exhibiting their artwork, along with an evening campfire. Admission is free. For more information call 598-4616.

A Civil War Encampment at Fort Ontario State Historic Site in Oswego takes place Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 14 and 15, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 148th NY Infantry and other units will present military drills and ceremonies, along with living history demonstrations. Admission will be charged. For more information call 343-4711.

Mid-Summer's Eve of Medieval dining, music, and entertainment will be held Tuesday through Thursday, Aug. 17 to 19, at Mexico Point Park from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $20. Reservations are required. For more information call 963-7657.

Loop Around the Lake, a 5K running race in Fulton, or a 15K loop around Lake Neahtahwanta, will take place Saturday, Aug. 21, starting from the Fulton War Memorial at 9 a.m. Registration is $12 for the 5K race or $20 for the 15K race. For more information call 598-9622.

Taste of Oswego will be held Sunday, Aug. 22, from noon to 5 p.m. at the East Linear Park behind the Best Western Captain's Quarters. Dozens of area restaurants will offer a "taste" of their specialties, plus there will be entertainment. Admission is $9 pre-sale or $12 at the door. For tickets or more information call 343-7681 or go to www.oswegochamber.com.

Heritage Day, an annual event to unite the Sandy Creek community in friendship, is Saturday, Aug. 28, at the Oswego County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The event features Civil War, Revolutionary War, and French and Indian War re-enactors, people in period dress, and numerous activities such as weaving, quilting, historic displays, an old-fashioned one-room school, hayrides, farmers' market, petting zoo, music, and children's games. Admission is free. For more information call 387-5456.

For a complete listing of events in the "Summer" brochure, contact the Oswego County Department of Promotion and Tourism at 349-8322 or visit the Oswego County website at www.oswegocounty.com.

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