Lakes Festival to mix new activities with old favorites

 Otsego County Water Quality Coordinating Committee
967 County Highway 33, Cooperstown, NY 13326
(607) 547-8778

For Immediate Release: May 24, 2016

COOPERSTOWN–The Otsego Lakes Festival returns to Lakefront Park with new activities, old favorites, and a new partner.

The 8th Otsego Lakes Festival will be held in Lakefront Park in Cooperstown on Saturday, June 11, from noon to 5 p.m. This year, the event is being coordinated with the Clark Sports Center’s 3rd Annual “Race the Lake” marathon and half-marathon around Otsego Lake. A trolley will provide transportation between Clark Sports Center and Lakefront Park from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

New activities this year include free paddleboard demonstrations and lessons by Canoe & Kayak Rentals and Sales, who will also have canoes, kayaks and paddleboards available to rent. The Otsego Lake Association is running a children’s scavenger hunt throughout the day, and will also offer a tour of the lake buffer strip. Also planned is a demonstration of Cooperstown’s new boat decontamination station.

Returning to Otsego Lakes Festival are the lake ecology barge tours and the “touch tanks” featuring live fish, plants and aquatic invertebrates found in Otsego Lake, offered by SUNY-Oneonta Biological Field Station. The Cooperstown Art Association will be providing art activities such as fish printing for kids and adults. Musical entertainment will be provided by Flux Capacitor at noon and Fritz Henry at 3 p.m.

Organized under the umbrella of the Otsego County Water Quality Coordinating Committee, the Otsego Lakes Festival 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. WQCC member organizations will be on hand both to distribute literature and to discuss water quality issues one-on-one with interested parties. Admission is free.

Exhibitors, vendors, and sponsors are still needed. Confirmed exhibitors and vendors at the Otsego Lakes Festival thus far include Canadarago Lake Improvement Association, Cooperstown Art Association, Friends of Glimmerglass State Park, Inc., Mel’s at 22, Otsego County Conservation Association, Otsego Soil and Water Conservation District, Otsego Lake Association, Otsego Land Trust, Pig Dog Food Truck, and SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station.

OLF sponsors are Five Star Subaru, Otsego County Conservation Association, Otsego Land Trust, Otsego 2000, SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station, and Clark Sports Center. Donors include: Ashley-Connor Realty, Community Bank, NA, Cooperstown Natural Foods, Hubbell’s Real Estate, Rich McCaffery, Lake Front Motel/Glimmerglass Queen/Lakefront Restaurant, Smith Cooperstown, Inc., Stagecoach Coffee, Stewart’s Holiday Match.

The Otsego County Water Quality Coordinating Committee was established in 1992 as a sub-committee of the Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District. It is comprised of a diverse group of people representing state and local government agencies, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and lake associations. These members have technical expertise and knowledge and are committed to working to improve and maintain the quality of water in Otsego County through the reduction of nonpoint source pollution within its boundaries. The Otsego Lakes Festival is a biennial event designed to educate the public on the importance of water resource protection.

For more about the Otsego Lakes Festival, or for further details on sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, contact Interim Executive Director Jeff O’Handley, Otsego County Conservation Association, at (607) 547-4488.

For information on Race the Lake, including how to register, contact Event Director Doug McCoy at the Clark Sports Center, (607) 547-2800, ext. 111.

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