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Warm Up Oswego To Melt Away the Winter Blues

OSWEGO, NY – Melt away the “winter blues” on Saturday for the 10th annual Warm Up Oswego Festival.

The hottest winter festival in CNY is lead this year by the Oswego Network of Entrepreneurs and promises the best festival yet.

“We will have all the great activities that fest-goers have come to love, with a new footprint for the festival!” said Nathan Emmons, festival chair.

This year’s festival will have two headquarters, one outdoors in the Civic Plaza area at Oneida and West First streets and the other indoor headquarters will be in the King Arthur’s building at West First and Bridge streets.

Opening ceremonies begin at noon in Civic Plaza.

Indoor and outdoor activities will happen throughout the afternoon, throughout downtown Oswego.

The festival will cap off the day’s entertainment with world famous Pyrotechnico fireworks at 6 p.m. over the Oswego River.

Inside events include performances, music, hot and spicy foods, 40 vendors including many local crafters, Hot Chili Cook Off, quilt raffle, children’s activities and demonstrations from noon until 5 p.m.

Outdoor activities include the Hot 2K fun run/walk, Treasure Hunt in the Snow, live music, Magic by Christopher Weihl, Enclothe Oswego clothing giveaway, Crazy Costume Sled race, snow bowling, snow man making and more.

Warm Up with hot coffee, hot chocolate or a hot dog for sale in the main tent by Boy Scout Troop 888.

Back for its 10th year is the Downtown Hot Scavenger Hunt with a grand prize of $250.

More than 40 area businesses are participating this year.

A new twist, the scavenger hunt will begin a week prior, giving hunters an entire week to visit the stores and get there passport stamped.

Visit WarmUpOswego.com for more information.

This year, Warm Up Hot Spots will be events that are taking place around town during Warm Up Oswego Festival hours. Warm Up After Dark venues will be taking place after the fireworks at local restaurants and bars throughout town.

Visit the Warm Up Oswego Festival website for this year’s participating Hot Spots.

“We are fortunate to have fantastic community partners that helps us make this a destination winter festival” said Emmons.

This year’s community partners include Integrated Community Planning, Master Pryor’s Taekwondo, city of Oswego, Oswego YMCA and Mentor’s Ambulance.

Lead sponsors are: Master Pryor’s Tae Kwon Do, Sutton Real Estate Company, I Heart Oswego, the Palladium Times, King Arthur Suites, and Just Push Play Productions.

Also supporting the festival are: Oswego County Federal Credit Union, Mother Earth Baby, Step One Creative, Oswego County Tourism, C’s Farm Market and Beverage Center, The Magic of Christopher Wiehl, Pathfinder Bank, Oswego Printing, JP Jewelers, Maida’s Floral Shop, Lake Ontario Photo Booth, JMS Consulting LLC, Byrne Dairy, A & J Music, Cams Pizzeria, Fulton Savings Bank, Bosco & Geers, Child Advocacy Center, Oswego Kiwani’s Club and Wal-Mart.

For more information, race registrations and schedules, please visit: www.warmuposwegofestival.com or find us on Facebook at Warm Up Oswego for up-to-the-minute details.

This is a tobacco-free event.

The partnership with Tobacco Free Network and Warm Up Oswego Festival is an initiative focused on smoke-free public outdoor spaces.