OSWEGO, NY – For the first time in Harborfest history, ARISE will partner with SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations to host an event for children with disabilities at the festival.
Harborfest will start early on Friday July 26 for families with children who have disabilities.
Families are welcome to participate in the festival from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. to enjoy music, food from participating vendors, and children’s activities.
A shuttle will be provided to transport children and families to the start of the Children’s Parade following the event at 1 p.m.
ARISE is a nonprofit organization that operates in Onondaga, Oswego, Madison, Cayuga, and Seneca counties.
ARISE connects with people of all ages with any type of disability so that every person, regardless of disability, can fully participate.
The need for the event was recognized by ARISE employee, Teresa Gilbert, who noticed that some children with disabilities were struggling to enjoy the many Children’s Park events in the presence of a large crowd.
Offering children with disabilities and their families the opportunity to come at an earlier time will create a more accessible and positive experience for them.
“We are excited to play a role in making this additional activity time available for children who may have different needs. I am thrilled by the way everyone has come together to recognize that this addition to the schedule can make this a great time for children of all abilities,” said Gilbert.
Harborfest president and project manager in the Office of Business and Community Relations at SUNY Oswego, Chena Tucker has worked alongside Gilbert to organize the event’s debut.
“We are pleased to have this occasion to collaborate with Arise and to provide this fun and inclusive opportunity for children with disabilities at the festival,” said Tucker.
If anyone would like to contribute to the support of this event, Harborfest staff can be reached at 41 Lake St., Oswego, N.Y. 13126 or by calling 315-343-6858.
Volunteers are greatly welcomed and appreciated by Harborfest and ARISE.