Rides, music, food, vendors, games, Founder’s Weekend planned at Seaway Fest in Ogdensburg July 19-28
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 5:52 am

OGDENSBURG – The 59th annual Ogdensburg International Seaway Festival kicks off Friday, July 19 with a week of amusement rides, live music, food, vendors, games, Founder’s Weekend re-enactments and other events.

The festival draws thousands of people to attend from all over the North Country and Canada.

With the theme Surfin’ the Seaway 2019 this year’s event will feature old festival favorites like the Wild West BBQ at the Frederic Remington Museum and the High School Battle of the Bands, with a few new surprises like the Ogdensburg’s Got Talent competition and a Surf Rock Jam.

The Ogdensburg’s Got Talent competition slated for July 23 at 6 p.m. on the main stage on Riverside Drive will replace the karaoke event. Q102.9, PAC 98.7 and 96.7 YES fm are sponsoring the competition which features three categories, youth, high school and adult. There will be a maximum of 10 entries per category. Entry fee to participate is $10. Participants will be accepted on a first come-first served basis from July 1-July 19.

Talent may be singing, dancing, comedy, magic, drama or other entertainment. Participants should plan on a 1 1/2 minute performances for the prelims and for the first evening’s performance.

Three people from each division will move on to the finals to perform on Friday night in the Greenbelt before main band Six Foot Midget takes the stage.

Other events may be added. Check the festival webpage at www.ogdensburgseawayfestival.org for more information.

The Seaway Festival committee will again be selling buttons at local businesses for the annual Button Blitz drawing. This year’s button features a retro image of a VW surf bus and cost $2 each. There are 10 $50 prize buttons that will be sold. Winners will be posted on the festival’s facebook page following the Seaway Valley Cruiser’s car show on July 28. The blitz is a major fundraiser for the festival. Proceeds will help pay for the parade and fireworks.

The tentative schedule of events at this year’s Seaway Festival includes:

Friday, July 19

Green Mountain Amusement Rides, wrist bracelet day, 5-9 p.m.

Concert in the Park, Moura, at library park, 6 p.m.

Saturday, July 20

Founder’s Day at Fort LaPresentation, celebrates the founding of Ogdensburg in 1749, featuring period encampment with demonstrations, and land and water battles; all day

Green Mountain Amusement Rides, noon-10 p.m.

Rip Friot and Remington Canoe Race at the Heuvelton boat launch, 9 a.m.

Kid’s Fishing Derby at the Oswegatchie Dam Area, free, 9:30-11 a.m., 315-393-4629.

3-on-3 basketball at Hosmer’s Marina, 10 a.m.

CAN-AM surf rock jam at Phoenix on the Bay, 7 live surf rock and garage bands, 3-9 p.m.

Wine, Arts & Crafts at Lockwood Area, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cornhole Tournament at the Moose Lodge 814, Pickering Street, 1 p.m., entry forms available at Roethels and Moose Lodge.

Firefighter’s Kids’ Games at Morrisette Park, 1-4 p.m.

Concert in the Park, 6 p.m.

Sunday, July 21

Green Mountain Amusement Rides, noon-10 p.m.

Founder’s Day at Fort LaPresentation, celebrates the founding of Ogdensburg in 1749, featuring period encampment with demonstrations, and land and water battles; all day

Youth Fun Run at Dobisky Visitor Center, 8:30 a.m., sponsored by SUNY Canton

4-mile walk/run at Dobisky Visitor Center, 9 a.m., sponsored by SUNY Canton and Busters Sports Bar

Oswegatchie Golf Challenge, Trafalgar Park, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Fred’s Wild West BBQ at Frederic Remington Art Museum, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., petting zoo, music

Battle of the Bands at OFA football field, 7 p.m., H.S. Marching Band Competition

Wine, Arts & Crafts at Lockwood Area, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Monday, July 22

Green Mountain Amusements, Wrist Bracelet Day, Morrisette Park, 5-9 p.m.

Concert with the Ogdensburg Dance Center, Main Stage, Library Park, 7-9 p.m.

Tuesday, July 23

Green Mountain Amusements, Wrist Bracelet Day, Morrisette Park, 5-9 p.m.

Ogdensburg’s Got Talent at the Riverside Avenue main stage, three categories: youth, high school, adult, $10 entry.

Wednesday, July 24

Green Mountain Amusement Rides, 5-10 p.m.

Tricycle Races at the Greenbelt tennis courts, 4 p.m.

Seaway Cruiser’s Cruise In, Greenbelt Park, 6-9 p.m.

Concert in the Park, The Fabulous Shoes Do Wop Revue at Library Park gazebo, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 25

Green Mountain Amusement Rides, 5-10 p.m.

Remington Museum Day at Frederic Remington Museum, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Oswegatchie River Boys concert, library park gazebo, food vendors on site, 6-8 p.m., Steve Allen (Harp, Banjo and Vocals), Greg Bresett (Bass and Vocals), Lucas Powers (Guitar and Vocals), Randy Wells (Guitar), Trevor Dishaw (Drums), family friendly folk concert.

Throw Back Thursday Concerts, Ogdensburg Elks Lodge, 8 p.m.-midnight.

Friday, July 26

Green Mountain Amusement Rides, 3-11 p.m.

Remington Museum Day at Frederic Remington Museum, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Fox radio station Country Sing Off, library park gazebo, 3-4:30 p.m.

Ogdensburg’s Got Talent Finals, library park gazebo, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Concert with the band Six Foot Midget at Main Stage in Greenbelt Park, 6:30-9:45 p.m.

Seaway Festival Fireworks Spectacular in Greenbelt Park, 10 p.m.

Saturday, July 27

Green Mountain Amusement Rides in Morrisette Park, 1-10 p.m.

59th Annual Seaway Festival Parade at Ford Street, 11 a.m., parade awards held at Library Park gazebo at the end of the parade.

DJ in the Park, all day, Seaway Sounds DJ – Ryan Woodward will be playing music and helping with the announcing of Parade awards in the Gazebo in Library Park, until 4 p.m.

Concert in the Park with Patrick Sharrow & the Convoy, 4-6 p.m., library park gazebo

Block dance featuring the Oswegatchie River Boys, Phoenix on the Bay, 4-10 p.m.

Sunday, July 28

Entertainment in the Park, Greenbelt area, 12-3 p.m.

Sunday in the Park at Dobisky Vistor Center, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; starts with a duck race at the city pool; vendors, Fobare’s BBQ, live music, petting zoo, pony rides, bounce house.

59th annual Seaway Festival Car Show at Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority near the Canadian Bridge Approach, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; show cars must be on the field by noon, registration fee $10. Fee includes driver and one passenger over 12 years. Judging will be done by participants and the awards ceremony starts at 3pm. Food Vendors on grounds – Vendor space available – call Richard 315-323-2712. Vendors may set up staring at 7am. Pedestrian gates open 9am to 3 pm $2 Veterans are FREE. SPONSOR – Seaway Cruisers Classic Car Club, Inc.

Seaway Festival duck race, 11 a.m., Ogdensburg City Pool.

Sunday in the Park Vendors Show, Dobisky Center Grounds, with vendors, crafts, music, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Green Mountain Amusements, wrist bracelet day, Morrisette Park, noon-4 p.m.

Pig Roast BBQ, by Bill Forbare, in Morrisette Park, 1 p.m.

Other organizations and businesses are also hosting events during this year’s festival with local live entertainment, food and class reunions scheduled to dovetail with Surfin the Seaway 2019.

Those wishing to volunteer to help at this year’s Seaway Festival, or donate or sponsor an event can call festival organizers Chris Cole at 315-393-3518 or Chris Lalonde at 315-393-3691.

This year’s sponsors include:

Busters Sports Bar Restaurant, SUNY Canton, International Association Of Fire Fighters, AFL-CIO, CLC local, Howland Pump Supply Inc., St. Lawrence Federal Credit Union, SeaComm Federal Credit Union, Ogdensburg Lions Club, New York State Correctional Officers Police Benevolent Association, Stewart’s Shops, Ogdensburg City School District, City of Ogdensburg, Pepsi-Cola Ogdensburg Bottlers, Loyal Order of Moose, Komodo Media, OBPA and River Rat Designs.

The following are the contact phone numbers for individual festival events:

Kid’s Fishing Derby 315-393-4629, Canoe Race 315-323-9888, Wine Arts & Craft Show 315-393-9274, Youth Walk/Run & 4 Mile Walk/Run 315-955-9342, Duck Race 315-323-7691, Sunday Vendors in the Park 315-393-4770, Parade 315-393-3518, T Shirts & Buttons sales 315-393-3518 or 315-393-4770, General Information 315-393-3518 or 315-393-4770, 3-on-3 Basketball call Hosmer’s Marina, Cornhole Tournament 315-393-3518.