OSWEGO, NY — The third annual Oswego Paddlefest is set for July 11 along the Oswego River and is forecasted to have an even larger turnout in 2015.
The event gives paddlers of canoes, kayaks, and paddle boards of all ages and abilities the opportunity to paddle sections of the Oswego River and through the locks as a group, followed by food and music at Wright’s Landing.
“We are not only going out and having a great time on the water, we are promoting our region as a destination through one of Oswego County’s many natural resources. We can see this through the 500% growth rate of the event from 2013 to 2014 with nearly 500 participants on the water and we are looking forward to an even bigger year in 2015,” said Christopher Jones.
Paddlers can choose to do the full 10.3-mile course from Fulton to Oswego, or a shorter 4.2-mile course from Minetto to Oswego.
Following the paddle up the Oswego River, post event activities will begin from 1-5 p.m. in Wright’s Landing to include live entertainment and food vendors.
A free shuttle bus will take paddlers from Wright’s Landing back to Minetto and Fulton, where they can pick up their vehicles when the event is over.
“Oswego Paddlefest is a great event that provides healthy recreational activity to the people of Oswego County and the surrounding area. It’s exciting to see an event that began with a simple conversation turn into what Paddlefest is today. This whole event is put together by a small group of very dedicated people and without them we wouldn’t be having this discussion today. It just goes to show that a good idea can go a long way with a little hard work and a great group of people.” said Jake Mulcahey, steering committee chair.
Pre-registration is $25 for canoes and $20 for kayaks, and includes a $5 meal voucher for food from a Paddlefest vendor at Wright’s Landing.
Additional meal tickets may be purchased at the event.
A portion of the money raised will be donated to the Children’s Museum of Oswego whose mission, in addition to creating educational opportunities, includes enriching family values, developing environmental stewardship and civic values in the children of our community as well as providing a center to learn about healthy behaviors and engage in physical activity.
Parking and sign-in begin at 8 a.m. in Fulton, with an 9 a.m. launch from Indian Point Landing, just north of the city on Route 481.
From Minetto, Sign-in begins at 9 a.m. and paddlers will launch at 10 a.m. from Riverview Park on Route 48.
The group will continue to Wright’s Landing in Oswego, traveling through four locks of the historic Oswego River Canal along the way.
To pre-register go to www.oswegopaddlefest.com or register on July 11 for an additional $5 per craft type.