21st Annual Watkins Glen Waterfront Festival

The 21st Edition of the Watkins Glen Waterfront Festival & Cardboard Boat Regatta is Family Style fun! Held in Watkins Glen at Seneca Harbor Park…this unique waterfront event captures the spirit of the Finger Lakes. Escape to paradise amid the enchanting peacefulness and beauty of Seneca Harbor as dusk becomes night amid the glow of the Lighting of the Harbor. Harbor Lights is an event unique among all of the Finger Lakes and showcases the beautiful waterfront. Events include a variety of musical entertainment along the entire Seneca Harbor Waterfront. The Food Court that will fill your appetite with a variety of everybody’s favorite fair foods and as the sun sets, the harbor begins to beckon as Harbor Light show begins. Harbor Lights is orchestrated by Pro Audio Consulting of Painted Post and supported Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, Captain Bill’s, Schooner Excursions, Hazlitt’s 1852 Vineyards, Lakewood Vineyards, Seneca Lake Wine Trail, Seneca Sailing Adventures, Village Marina Bar and Grill and the Seneca Harbor Fleet.Food Court Opens – 5p Scott Adams Duo- Seneca Harbor Patio – 6- 9pTru Blue at the Pier House – 6-9Jam Tent on The Lawn – 5-9pRegistration Tent – Cardboard Boat INFO– 6-8pUSPS Flag Presentation – 6pRobin Burnett – Hazlitt Waterside Stage- 6-9pUSPS Boat Parade – 7p Puka Inti– 9- 11p at the Pier House Lighting of the Harbor – Dusk until 11pLonnie and Johnny Band – Village Marina Bar and Grill Marina Bar & Grill – 9pExtra special event for Harbor Lights …Seneca Sail and Power Squadron Flag Raising and Boat Parade. In 2014 the United States Power Squadrons celebrates 100 years of service to the boating community. To recognize this milestone the USPS local club, the Seneca Sail and Power Squadron, is donating a new American flag and lighting system for the large flagpole near the boat launch. Local leaders will join power squadron officials for a special dedication ceremony at the flagpole, 6:00pm, Friday June 13, at the beginning of the Waterfront Festival and the eve of Flag Day. Following the ceremony at 7:00pm power squadron members will pilot their boats in a Parade in Review before joining the Lighting of the Harbor. The Seneca Sail and Power Squadron says, “Boating is Fun…We’ll show you how!”Events on Saturday take on a much livelier mood. Food Court opens at 10a. Cardboard boats arrive and get setup for the Regatta. From 11-2p visitors can stroll through the “Concourse de Cardboard”, check out the cardboard boats and meet the crews. The public are encouraged, and maybe even bribed, to vote for their favorite cardboard boat. Watkins Glen Cardboard Boat Regatta Committee of Arrangements has chosen Spirit of Schuyler as the benefactor of the People’s Choice Voting. Spirit of Schuyler… through the passion of their volunteers and the support of local area neighbors, Spirit of Schuyler has grown to support local residents across all of Schuyler County who find themselves stuck with unexpected financial crises. Ranging from emergency car repair for those who rely on a single vehicle to transport their family to work and school, to security deposits for those forced to leave their homes due to unexpected circumstances, to everything in between, Spirit of Schuyler seeks to assist residents who fight for their financial independence, support themselves and their families and are self-sustaining until unforeseen situations occur. Voting for your favorite cardboard boat or boats is easy…visit the Spirit of Schuyler Tent adjacent to the Village Marina Bar and Grill between Noon and 2pm on June 14th to purchase your “voting stones”. Then wander through the Concourse de Cardboard paddock where all the cardboard boats are displayed before the Regatta. To vote, place the voting stones in your favorite boat’s ballot bag. The boat which collects the most stones receives a Collectors Wooden Waterfront Oar. At 2pm it’s the “Nearly Famous” Cardboard Boat Regatta. The Cardboard Regatta Tee Shirts designed by Fred Wickham are always a collector’s item. And this year is no exception, Ajax and Comet having trouble with their boat construction…using band aids when they ran out of duct tape. As with all Watkins Glen Promotions events, all activities and entertainment at the Waterfront Festival are free.

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