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October 2, 2007

Oswego Harborfest Named a 'Top 100 Event' for 2008

A spectacular fireworks display by the world-famous Grucci Brothers lights up the Oswego sky during Harborfest 2007. (Photo courtesy of Oswego Harbor Festivals Inc.)

OSWEGO, NY -- The American Bus Association (ABA) has named Harborfest a “Top 100 Event in North America” for 2008. The popular festival was selected from among hundreds of nominated events from across Canada and the United States.

The association's annual list of Top 100 Events serves as a guide to professional tour planners, travel writers, visitor bureaus and the general public for the upcoming year.

“We are proud to once again be named a Top 100 Event in North America by the American Bus Association,” said Michael Redding, Harborfest's Executive Director. “Each year Harborfest brings to central New York more than 100 choices of admission-free entertainment including nationally-known recording artists and a world-class fireworks spectacular. Harborfest cannot happen without the support of our members and corporate sponsors who provide the financial support necessary to continue to bring our 300,000 visitors the best in entertainment and events.”

The Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning, an American Bus Association member organization, nominated Harborfest to the ABA. “This distinction helps to promote Oswego County as a tour destination,” said director David Turner. “This is the fourth time Harborfest has received this distinction. Harborfest is one of only two events in New York State to be selected by the ABA for 2008.” The festival was named an American Bus Association Top 100 Event in 1996 and 1998, and 2005. The festival has also earned numerous International Festivals and Events Association Pinnacle awards for excellence.

A panel of U.S. and Canadian travel professionals bases its selections on the events' broad appeal, their accessibility to large groups arriving by motorcoach, and a variety of other criteria. The full 2008 Top 100 Event winner list can be found at www.buses.org. For more information about Harborfest, visit www.oswegoharborfest.com.

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