Otsego Lakes Festival


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 Donor Letter

Lakes Festival Vendor Letter 2017

Parking Pass


 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

Event Schedule

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.

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