23rd Annual Watkins Glen Waterfront Festival June 17th & 18th

The 23rd 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.Watkins Glen Promotions is pleased to recognize Cayuga Health System as the proud sponsor of the Harbor Lights Friday evening June 17th. Cayuga Health System is the partnership between CayugaMedical Center and Schuyler Hospital. Friday evening Cayuga Health System invites visitors to escape to paradise amid the enchanting peacefulness and beauty of Seneca Harbor as dusk becomes nightamid 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 sustained by a Watkins Glen Chamber of Commerce TAP Grant and supported by the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, Captain Bill’s, Schooner Excursions, Hazlitt’s 1852 Vineyards, Lakewood Vineyards, Seneca Lake Wine Trail, Seneca Sailing Adventures, the Village Marina Bar and Grill and the Seneca Harbor Fleet. Food Court Opens – 5 pm Scott Adams – Seneca Harbor Patio – 6- 9 pm Tru Blue at the Pier House – 6-9 pm 43 Main Street Band- on the Lawn – 5-9 pm Registration Tent – Cardboard Boat INFO– 6-8 pm Robyn Burnett – Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Waterside Stage- 6-9 pm Puka Inti– 9- 11 pm at the Pier House Lighting of the Harbor – Dusk until 11 pm Lonnie and Johnny Band – Village Marina Bar and Grill Marina Bar & Grill – 9 pm Events on Saturday take on a much livelier mood. Food Court opens at 10 am. Cardboard boats arrive and get setup for the Regatta. From 11-2 pm 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. This year the SAFE Coalition of Schuyler County (Suicide Awareness For Everyone) will be selling the stones. Voting for your favorite cardboard boat or boats is easy…visit the Regatta Registration Tent adjacent to the Village Marina Bar and Grill between Noon and 2 pm on June 18th 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. Now as always there is something unexpected to be found at the Waterfront Festival. And this year is no exception. O’Hara Machinery of Auburn, NY is joining in the fun of this crazy event and bringing to Seneca Harbor Park a John Deere Tractor….not just any tractor… a very large John Deere “Green” farm tractor. O’Hara Machinery has many customers in the area and wanted to say hello and thank to their friends and neighbors by bringing a John Deere for the entire family to “inspect’. Look for the folks from O’Hara Machinery and the Big Green Tractor in the middle of the Concourse….stop by and climb on board. This isn’t your grandad’s tractor. Also on hand for this year’s Regatta are the Chemung County Veteran’s honoring America’s Fallen Heroes with the Forty and Eight Display.The titles and symbols of the Forty and Eight reflect its First World War origins when Americans were transported to the battle front on French trains within boxcars stenciled with a “40/8”, denoting its capacity to hold either forty men or eight horses. Membership in the Forty and Eight is by invitation of honorably discharged veterans and honorably serving members of the United States Armed Forces. At 2 pm 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 are having “The Great Duck Tape” and are taking the waters of Seneca Lake to settle their discussion. As with all Watkins Glen Promotions events, all activities and entertainment at the Waterfront Festival are free.

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