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September 25, 2017

Phoenix Hosts Locktoberfest Festival Oct. 7

PHOENIX - The Village of Phoenix will celebrate its canal heritage with its third annual Locktoberfest, a day of music, crafts, food, and street performers from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7.

The event is one in a series of community festivals celebrating the fall harvest season along the state canal system and is sponsored by the Phoenix Rising, the Village of Phoenix, Taste NY, the New York State Canal Corp., I Love New York, and the state Department of Agriculture and Markets.

"This one-day community festival will be held on our unique island setting and throughout the downtown streets," said Village Administrator Jim Lynch. "The event features close to three dozen local and regional food trucks and eateries, dozens of crafters and vendors, street performers, children's games, a cornhole tournament, and even the possibility of another visit from the Clydesdale horses of our local Riverside Ranch."

Visitors will be able to tour Lock 1 and the drawbridge throughout the day.

The entertainment line-up features Max The Musician, Savannah Harmon, Bill Ali, The Band Hendry, The American Eagle Band, The Shemp Dells, Gary Carpenter, Little Queen, The Dragon Fli Effect, The Other Guise, performances by Colleen's School of Dance, Infinity Dance Academy, Phoenix Martial Arts and the Phoenix High School Marching Band.

Two stages this year will be located on the north and south ends of State Street. Two beer and wine gardens will serve NYS local craft beers, wines, slushies, smoothies and ciders. Sponsors include Beak n Skiff 1911, Samuel Adams beer, and Onondaga Beverage.

Onondaga Beverage is sponsoring a 32-team cornhole tournament with prizes paid to the top finishers. Entry is $10 per team. Other activities will include a Sam Adams annual "stein hoisting contest," bounce houses, children's games, and displays by various non-profit agencies, churches, and military organizations.

A variety of festival foods will be available, including wood fired pizza, butterflied potatoes, gourmet burgers, chili, frog legs, steak sandwiches, sliders, chicken tenders, BBQ chicken, ice cream, fudge, maple products and much more.

Cornhole teams and local crafters, food vendors, artists and performers who would like to get involved may email phoenixrising13135@gmail.com or visit http://www.phoenixrising13135.com/events.html or http://www.facebook.com/phoenixnylocktoberfest.

LOCKTOBERFEST IN PHOENIX - Phoenix will celebrate its heritage as a canal community Saturday, Oct. 7, with music, food, crafts and vendors along the canal and throughout the village's downtown area. (Photo courtesy of Oswego County Tourism Office.)

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