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May 5, 2006

2006 Will Be a Festive Summer in Oswego County

French Re-enactment

HISTORY COMES ALIVE at Fort Ontario this summer in Oswego County, when the 250th anniversary of the French and Indian War is commemorated Aug. 11 through 13.

OSWEGO COUNTY -- From fishing tournaments 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 Division of Promotion and Tourism has compiled a list of more than 100 events in its new spring and summer events brochure.

“Summer in Oswego County is memorable for its beautiful sunsets, Harborfest, and great fishing,” said Christine Gray, director of Promotion and Tourism. “This summer we’re also celebrating the 250th anniversary of the French and Indian War at Fort Ontario in Oswego. Reenactments at the fort -- and hundreds of other things to do -- are all listed in our new calendar of events.”

To receive the Summer 2006 events calendar, call the Division of Promotion and Tourism at (315) 349-8322 or visit the county Web site at www.oswegocounty.com

Following is a sample of events this summer:

Fulton’s Memorial Day Salute Friday and Saturday, May 26 and 27, features live entertainment by the Cobblerockers, Sam and the Twisters, and Herman’s Hermits with Peter Noone at the Fulton Community Center on West Broadway. Parade Saturday morning. Children’s stage and food. For a complete schedule call 592-5482. Free admission.

Memorial Weekend at the Phoenix VFW on Culvert Street will take place Saturday through Monday, May 27 through May 29. Parade is Monday at noon. Free admission. Call 695-1308 for more information.

The Caughdenoy/Central Square Memorial Day Parade starts at 10 a.m. Monday, May 29, with a fun fair to follow at the Caughdenoy United Methodist Church, corner of county Routes 12 and 37, from 11 a.m. to noon. Call 668-2973 for more information. Admission is free.

Oswego County Hospice Cup Regatta is Saturday, June 3, from Oswego Harbor. The regatta is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Race for Hope 5K Walk/Run and on-shore family events at Breitbeck Park, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For regatta registration, admission fees or more information call 343-9459. For “Race for Hope” information call 343-5223. All proceeds benefit Oswego County Hospice.

Oswego County ATV Club Trade Show, Crafts and Flea Market, featuring a 4-wheel rodeo and barbecue, takes place Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11, at the Town House Restaurant, 469 state Route 13, Williamstown. Free admission to trade show; $3 admission to rodeo. For more information, call 298-3312 or 298-5444.

The Fulton YMCA sponsors its 5K/1-Mile Family Fun Run at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 17 near the Fulton War Memorial. Call 598-9622 for information.

The 149th Oswego County Fair is Thursday through Tuesday, June 29 through July 4, at the Sandy Creek Fairgrounds, 291 Ellisburg St., Sandy Creek. Annual agricultural fair features farm and other exhibits, horse races, demolition derbies, rides, local history and genealogy, and fireworks. For a complete schedule of events and more information go to www.oswegocountyfair.org or call 387-3834. Free general admission. Admission charged for grandstand events.

An Old-Fashioned Country Carnival takes place Saturday, July 1, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Washington Square Park, East Fourth and Bridge streets, Oswego. Features rides and games with craft sale held in historic railroad tunnel. Admission is free. The annual Independence Day Parade will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 2 on Bridge Street, Oswego. Fireworks will be displayed from Oswego Harbor Sunday evening. For more information call the Greater Oswego chamber of Commerce at 343-7681 or go to www.oswegochamber.com.

Brewerton Fireworks over Oneida Lake are from 9 to 10 p.m. Monday, July 3, between U.S. Route 11 and I-81 at the west end of the lake. Sponsored by Fort Brewerton/Greater Oneida Lake Chamber of Commerce.

Bass anglers will fish Oneida Lake during the Bassmaster Elite Pro Series Thursday through Sunday, July 6 through 9. Bass Expo will be Saturday and Sunday at Oneida Shores County Park, Brewerton. Call 676-7366 or 451-7275 for registration information.

The 12th Annual Oswego County Pro-Am Salmon and Trout Team Tournament is Friday and Saturday, July 7 and 8, in Oswego and Mexico. Amateur and professional teams fish for cash and prizes. Teams weigh-in each day at 2:30 p.m. Awards are presented Saturday at 5 p.m. For more information call 298-2213.

Pack a picnic and enjoy a leisurely Outdoor Concert with the Syracuse Symphony at Fort Ontario Sunday, July 9. The symphony performs from 7 to 9 p.m., preceded by the Cortini Brothers Jazz Band from 4 to 6 p.m. For more information call the Greater Oswego Chamber of Commerce at 343-7681 or go to www.oswegochamber.com.

The British will invade Mexico at a Revolutionary War British Encampment Saturday and Sunday, July 15 and 16 at Mexico Point Park, off state Route 104B. Drills, camp life and musket firings will commemorate the important campaign of 1777 and the exploits of scout Silas Town. The weekend closes Sunday evening with a concert at 5:30 p.m. featuring Deirdre and Jim McCarthy and Eddie Goetz and the Silver Spur, followed by fireworks. Call 963-3891. Free admission.

Harborfest 2006 takes place Thursday through Sunday, July 27 through 30, in Oswego. Central New York’s favorite festival features more than 100 choices of admission-free entertainment, juried arts and crafts, and special events. “World-Class Fireworks” over the Oswego Harbor at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. For a complete listing of events visit www.oswegoharborfest.com or call 343-6858.

Annual Summer Picnic and Open House at the Halfshire Historical Society Museum, 1100 county Route 48, Richland, is Saturday, July 29, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Genealogical and historical exhibits. Free admission; donations accepted. Call 298-3620 for information.

Magic in Minetto is Saturday, Aug. 5, with music, kayak race, food, arts and crafts, ice cream social and historical displays, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the town hall and Minetto Park. For information call 343-2393. Admission is free.

Blues Festival to benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation is Saturday, Aug. 12, at Henley Park, State and Lock streets, Phoenix. Chicken barbecue, ice cream, homemade pies. Call 695-1308. Free admission.

French and Indian War Encampment at Fort Ontario State Historic Site in Oswego Friday through Sunday, Aug. 11 to 13, commemorates the 250th anniversary of the siege and capture of Oswego. Battle re-enactments, seminars. 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. 15 to 17, at Mexico Point Park from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $20. Reservations are required. For more information call 963-7657.

Fort Ontario hosts a Revolutionary War Encampment Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 19 and 20, with drills and living history demonstrations by the British, Colonial Loyalist, and Native forces. Admission is charged. Call 343-4711.

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