The Otsego Lakes Festival is a day of lake celebration and education. The festival is organized by the Otsego County’s Water Quality Coordinating Committee (WQCC) and offers all the components of a festive occasion – music, art, children’s activities, good food and camaraderie – while providing valuable educational opportunities about lake protection and regional water quality programs from those who work to protect these resources.
2017 Otsego Lakes Festival
June 10, 2017 – Glimmerglass State Park
Held in conjunction with Clark Sports Center Race-The-Lake Marathon
2017 Planning Committee
Leslie Orzetti – Chair, OCCA
Jeff O’Handley – OCCA
Marcie Foster – Otsego Land Trust
Holly Waterfield – SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station
Mickie Richtsmeier – Otsego Lake Association
2017 Participation Forms
Lakes Festival Event Sponsors
Five Star Subaru ♦ Cooperstown Dreams Park ♦ Otsego County IGA ♦ Ashley-Connor Realty ♦
Kathleen Chase ♦ Stagecoach Coffee ♦ Cooperstown Marine Sales, Inc. ♦ Community Bank, N.A. ♦
Lucy Townsend ♦ John Mitchell Real Estate, LLC ♦
New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation ♦
Otsego County Soil & Water Conservation District ♦ Otsego County Conservation Association ♦
Otsego Land Trust ♦ SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station ♦ Otsego Lake Association ♦
Clark Sports Center ♦ Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce
Fish Printing, Art Activities: West Shelter, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Nature Walk, 10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m.
Hyde Hall Tour ($9/person), meet at West Shelter, 11:45 a.m.
Stand up paddle board demonstrations, kayak rentals, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., lake shore
Scavenger hunts, 10 a.m. -3 p.m., available at Otsego Lake Association table
Food, beer tasting, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Lakes Festivals of Years Past
• View the 2016 Otsego Lakes Festival Commercial here
• Press Release: Lakes Festival to mix new activities with old favorites
• Press Release: 2016 Otsego Lakes Festival Exhibitors, vendors and sponsors sought
Water Quality Coordinating Committee
The WQCC was established in 1992 as a sub-committee of the Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District. It is comprised of a group of people representing state and local government agencies, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and lake associations. Members have technical expertise and knowledge and are committed to working to improve and maintain the quality of water in Otsego County. Executive Director Leslie Orzetti is the Vice Chair of the committee, and Environmental Planner Danny Lapin is the Secretary for the committee.
OCCA is the fiscal agent for the Otsego Lakes Festival. Executive Director Leslie Orzetti is the Chair of the Lakes Festival Committee; Program Director Jeff O’Handley is a member of the Lakes Festival Committee.