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Aug. 18, 2006

Oswego County is the Perfect Destination for a Family Trip this Fall

Anglers fish along the Salmon River in the village of Pulaski.
Anglers enjoy a quiet afternoon along the Salmon River in the village of Pulaski.

Families looking for outdoor activities this fall will find plenty to do in Oswego County .

“Visitors to Oswego County will find excitement any time of the year, but fall is exceptional,” said David Turner, Director of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. “We’re famous for the incredible run of salmon that takes place every fall in the Oswego and Salmon rivers. Many visitors find it fascinating to watch world-record salmon make their way up the Salmon River toward the hatchery in Altmar. Spectators also enjoy watching the fishing action from the parks along the river in Oswego.”

Tourism Director Christine Gray said the department’s Web site lists dozens of seasonal community festivals, orchards and farm stands where families can pick their own apples and buy pumpkins, vegetables and other fresh produce. “Bring the family and enjoy a fall festival, visit Salmon River Falls, pick fresh apples in one of our many orchards, or take a leisurely canoe trip,” said Gray. “People who love the outdoors will find plenty of places to explore this fall in Oswego County.”

For up-to-date fishing conditions, visitor information, accommodations, and a complete schedule of fall events, call the tourism hotline at 800-248-4FUN or visit www.oswegocounty.com/tourism

Here’s a sampling of events this fall:

Salmon River Festival Saturday, Sept. 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Pulaski’s South Park. Family entertainment features music, arts and crafts, children’s events, races, contests and prizes. Food and beverages available. Free admission. For information call (315) 298-2213.

Re-enactors will lead Cemetery Ghost Walks at 2, 4, and 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, through the Hannibal Village Cemetery at Church and West streets. Sponsored by the Hannibal Bicentennial Committee. Admission is $5 per person. For details call (315) 564-5650 or 564-5720.

Indulge in traditional Polish food at the Fulton Polish Fest from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. Music, dancing, food and games at the Fulton Polish Home, 153 W. First St. Free admission. Charge for food and games. For information call (315) 593-2875.

NYSDEC Salmon River Fish Hatchery Open House, Saturday, Sept. 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 2133 Co. Rte. 22 in Altmar. Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day and discover the tremendous fishing, hunting and outdoor recreation opportunities in the Salmon River Greenway. Hands-on programs geared toward family participation. Fly-tying and fly-casting instruction, seminars on canoeing, kayaking, salmon fishing. Fish petting zoo. Admission is free. For more information call (315) 298-7605.

Annual Apple Festival, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23 and 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Goettel Community Park, U.S. Route 11, Central Square. Bushels of apples, live entertainment, crafts, amusement rides and children’s games. Sponsored by the Central Square Lioness Club. Admission is $1. Children 12 and younger are free. For more information call (315) 675-8232.

You’ll be amazed at the tons of pumpkin and gourds, food and crafts at the Central New York Great Pumpkin Festival, Saturday, Sept. 30, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 1, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Washington Square, East Fourth and Bridge streets, Oswego. Free admission. For more information call (315) 343-7681.

The Halfshire Historical Society presents its second annual Fall Craft Show and Sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20 and 21, at the museum at 1100 county Route 48, Richland. Weaving and chair caning demonstrations will be held. Admission is free. Refreshments available. Call (315) 380-9588 for information.

Colorful Quilts and Crafts will be displayed at the First United Methodist Church, 7111 state Route 104 West, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. Free admission. Dinner available. Call (315) 342-4895 for information.

Explore the haunted ramparts of Fort Ontario at a Candlelight Ghost Tour, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27 and 28, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Fort Ontario State Historic Site in Oswego. Admission will be charged. For more information call (315) 343-4711.

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