OSWEGO, NY — Mayor Tom Gillen and Warm Up co-chairs, Deana Masuicca and Mary Vanouse met with the major sponsors of the Warm Up Oswego Festival including Oswego County Federal Credit Union, NRG, Pyrotecnico, C’s Farm Market, Constellation Energy, Pathfinder Bank, Price Chopper Stevedore Lofts, LLC, Sutton Real Estate and Seaway Lofts, LLC.
This year, the festival will kick off with a snow sculpture contest throughout the city.
Registration for snow sculptures are due on Feb. 1 at 3 p.m. at the YMCA.
Awards will be given at the Friday night (Feb. 3) bonfire next to the Armory where the Snowbelters will sing some Warm Up tunes.
On Saturday (Feb. 4), Warm Up Oswego begins at noon at the Y Armory with a Hot 2 Trot 2k race, treasure hunt in the snow, Crazy Costume Sled Race at 3 p.m. and vendors and entertainment all day at the Armory.
A downtown scavenger hunt will award $500 in prizes.
Fireworks by Pyrotecnico over the Oswego River begin at 6 p.m.
Hot Spots throughout Oswego will keep Oswego warming up all night Friday and Saturday including a warm up wine, cheese and chocolate tasting at Canal Commons; mug o’music at Taste the World; art openings at the SUNY Downtown location and Lakeside Artisans and a barn dance at the McCrobie Civic Center on Friday night with Great Bear Trio.
On Saturday night after the fireworks, the Music Hall will host “Boots & Shorts” at the McCrobie Civic Center.
G&S Steamers is hosting a hot wing festival to support the Child Advocacy Center in Oswego County. Live music and dancing will be included as well.
Mayor Gillen said, “We are encouraged by the great outpouring of support for the seventh annual Warm Up Oswego Festival. Oswego is on the move and we’re becoming a real hot spot for our region, this community festival is just an outpouring of energy that demonstrates what a great place Oswego is – even in the middle of winter. I hope many people will come out and participate in the many events on the weekend of Feb. 3 and 4 to enjoy our city and our winter! Each year we hear of more people coming to Oswego to enjoy our snow and the warmth of our community spirit. The Hot Town Fireworks co-sponsored by Pyrotecnico Fireworks, NRG, Seaway Lofts, Sutton Development, Stevedore Lofts and Constellation Energy are a beautiful way to focus on the beauty of the Oswego River in the middle of our coldest season.”
This year, the Warm Up Oswego Festival will offer two evening events, the Music Hall presents “Boots and Shorts” and GS Steamers present a Hot Wing Competition in support of the Child Advocacy Center.
Fiesta Hot Spots are also at Lakeside Artisans, Canal Commons, 1881 Steakhouse, Greene’s Ale House and Canales Restaurant.
Other events during the day include a Hot 2K Trot fun run, Crazy Costume Sled Race, treasure hunt in the snow and performances all day at the Oswego Y Armory.
Children of all ages are invited to participate in the day-long event.
For more information, call the YMCA at 343-1981 and ask for Jackie.