The 29th annual festival was greeted by warm temperatures and partly cloudy skies – with hundreds of people, young and old, ready to celebrate. Blues Traveler was nearly an hour late in performing. The fun continues throughout the weekend. Highlights include Friday’s Children’s Parade and Saturday’s fireworks display.
Singer-Songwriter Christopher Battles will be performing from 5-6 p.m. uly 26, at the rivers’ end bookstore, 19 W. Bridge St., to raise funds for the Literacy Coalition of Oswego County. All donations at this performance will go directly to LCOC.
UPDATED with Harborfest’s press release Oswego Harborfest is looking for a new executive director. The board terminated Tom Van Schaack at its last meeting. He said he was informed that the board was looking to take the festival in a new direction and “reenergize” the festival with the 25th edition of Harborfest coming up next year.
Sunday was a different sort of Harborfest for many who attended the day’s events. Fewer visitors, appeared to fill the venues, but most definitely a family feeling with familiar faces everyone. Many folks connected with people they hadn’t seen in town since last year’s event! Nowhere was this more true than at Breitbeck Park where Herman’s Hermit’s front man, Peter Noone, put on a fabulous show.
The Harborfest Committee succeeded in turning out a world-class event to be a magnet for all ages, all interests and all localities. Each successive fest presents a new set of challenges and the goal to mitigate any negative effects and build from the successes.
The Oswego City Police Department wishes to announce the following overview of the events that took place in the city of Oswego during the weekend of Harborfest 2011 (Thursday July 28, 2011 – 5 p.m. to Sunday July 31, 2011 – 11 p.m.) as compared to Harborfest 2009 and 2010 (same time period).
Harborfest drew to a close on Sunday after four days of music, foods and various other activities filling up the streets of the Port City. Harborfest Executive Director Tom Van Schaack was pleased that the weather maintained favorable throughout the weekend. “There was good weather most of the week, except for a little rain on Friday morning. Otherwise, it was nice days for a change. We had nice weather Thursday and Friday night for the concerts and last night for the fireworks,” Van Schaack said.
Dozens of youngsters flocked to Breitbeck Park Tuesday evening for the annual Children’s Gala to start off Harborfest week activities. This was the fourth year that Harborfest has hosted a Children’s Gala that focuses on teaching children about the different cultural themes of Harborfest each year. This year’s featured culture for Harborfest is England.
In preparation for Harborfest 2011, The Oswego Police Department wishes to announce the following advisories regarding traffic, pedestrian and general information specific to the Harborfest celebration scheduled for July 28 – 31.