Canal Fest brings fun to Rome
The Rome Rotary Canal Fest will take place from Friday, Aug. 1 through Sunday, Aug. 3 at Bellamy Harbor Park (Mill Street) on the historic Erie Canal. It’s a family-oriented event with non-stop music and entertainment. Included again this year will be the popular karaoke contest, cake and cookie baking contests, youth bands, fishing derby, hot dog eating contest, 5K run and 2K kayak/canoe event and a duck race. There’s something for everyone, from exciting rides for the kids and a classic car exhibition for the adults to cotton candy and raffles, all capped off by a spectacular nightly fireworks display all three nights. There will be unlimited ride specials Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. for $14. Hours for the event: 5-10 p.m. Friday and Noon-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Proceeds will help support the Rome Rotary Community Projects including: A Christmas present, blanket, jacket, mittens and boots for more than 100 local children; the Rome Rotary Scholarship; and the RFA JROTC Scholarship. There is a $1 suggested donation.
Sunday afternoon the 5k run and 2k kayak race will be held with both individual and team biathlon competition. This year we add a kids’ competition for kids 8-14 with free registration and a parent/child contest as well. Registration begins at 4 p.m., and there is a registration fee of $20 for an individual and $25 for a team. If you wish to preregister use this Entry Form.
The annual Family Fishing Derby is also back again with anglers gearing up Saturday morning in the park. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m., and fish must be caught between 8 and 11:30 to be eligible for weigh-ins. Participants must have a valid fishing license and provide their own equipment. There are both adult (13 and older) and children divisions (12 and younger) in both game fish and non-game fish categories. Door prizes and cash awards will be presented.
Flower Show and Plant Sale
Whether you have a green thumb or just like flowers, the 11th annual Rome Rotary Canal Fest is again featuring a nationally accredited flower show, sponsored by the Fort Stanwix Garden Club of Rome and the Hillsboro Garden Club of Camden.
The Rome Rotary Club is pleased to sponsor the Jerry Hiratatos Photography Contest, to be held in the boathouse at Canal Fest this year.
The tugboat “Urger” is the flagship of the fleet of vessels operated by the New York State Canal Corporation on the 524-mile Canal System. Built in 1901 in Ferrysburg, Michigan, this venerable tug is one of the oldest working vessels in the country still afloat. Originally built for use as a commercial shipping vessel, the “Urger” was originally christened the “Henry J. Dornbos,” after a prominent Michigan merchant. She was described in the Detroit Free Press as the “finest fishing boat in the local fishing fleet.” In the early 1920s, the tug was sold, renamed the “Urger,” and entered the New York State Canal fleet. Stationed in Waterford, the “Urger” served more than 60 years hauling machinery, dredges and scows on the Erie and Champlain Canals until she was retired from service in the 1980s. Captain Wendy Marble will be at the showings.
Water Ski Show
This year’s water ski show will be new and improved. It will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. and later at 7 p.m. The show will feature everything from ballet skiing to flips, jumps and a 12-man pyramid. Skiers range in age from seven to 18.
Tamarack Boat Demo and Rides (TENTATIVE)
The Tamarack Lake Electric Boat company manufactures solar powered boats right here in Rome. The boats run clean and quiet by collecting solar energy on roof panels and storing the energy in a large battery system. This event depends on the availability of a boat.
“Ya Gotta Regatta”
This year will be the sixth annual V.I.P.S Regatta. First prize will be $500 cash. Contestants will build and race a floating craft. Anything that floats can enter as long as there are no standard boat parts. The craft will be displayed and judged in several categories. The craft will then be raced.
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