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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: 07-03-22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JULY 3

‘We Love Our Lake’ Boat Parade

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BOAT PARADE – 3 p.m. View annual ‘We Love Our Lake’ decorated boat parade this Independence Day weekend. This years theme is ‘Our Lake’s a Treasure’ and all boats are welcome. Meet at 3 mile point or join up on the way behind the Otsego Lake Association pontoon boat south along Otsego Lake’s West Shore. Concludes at Lake Front Park, Cooperstown. E-mail info@otsegolakeassociation.org or visit www.otsegolakeassociation.org

Otsego Lake boat parade

“Float your boat’ in July 3 parade

The view from shore for the 2021 parade (picture by Debra Creedon, from OLA website)

Plan to float your boat – rain or shine – in the Otsego Lake Association’s Annual “We Love Our Lake” Decorated Boat Parade to begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 3.

The parade will form off Three Mile Point, then proceed slowly along the westerly side of the lake, and end at Lakefront Park in Cooperstown.  The lead boat will be decorated and marked with OLA banners.

After a two-year pandemic pause, the Otsego Lake Association will again judge boats, award prizes, and have candy for participants. The parade welcomes boats large and small — including antique or classic, human-powered, wind-powered, electric, jet, outboard, or inboard/outboard powered. OLA encourages boaters to decorate using the theme “Our Lake is a Treasure,” but welcomes decorations of any sort – unusual, humorous, patriotic, party-themed, sports, military, or no decoration at all – it’s up to the boater.

Boaters may join the parade at any time or place along the route, especially for non-motorized boaters who might not want to travel the full route.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: ‘Here Comes The Sun’ Boat Parade 07-03-21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 3

‘Here Comes The Sun’ Boat Parade

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BOAT PARADE – 3 p.m. Get out for the annual decorated boat parade. This years theme ‘Here Comes The Sun’ song by the beatles. All boats welcome from human powered to motor powered and all in between, decorated or undecorated. Covid protocols will be in effect. Parade assembles at 3 Mile Point and proceeds on West Side of the Lake to Lakefront Park, Cooperstown. Rain or Shine. 518-542-6630 or visit otsegolakeassociation.org for info.

Cooperstown & Around: June 24, 2021

Cooperstown & Around

FOVL to hold book sale starting Saturday

Cooperstown’s Friends of the Village Library will hold its annual book sale at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown, beginning Saturday, June 26.
The sale will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily, through Sunday, July 4. Saturday, June 3, and Sunday, July 4, all books are $5 per bag for people who bring their own bags.


OLA to hold annual holiday boat parade

The annual holiday boat parade, sponsored by the Otsego Lake Association, will take place at 3 p.m., Saturday, June 3.
This year’s theme is “Here Comes the Sun,” based on a song by The Beatles.
As with the 2020 parade, because of the coronavirus pandemic, there will be no judging or awards.
Contact Wayne Bunn at bunnwayne@gmail.com or 518-542-6630 for more information.

In Red, White, Blue, 50 Boats On Parade

In Red, White, Blue,

50 Boats On Parade

Jane Forbes Clark’s turquoise Marra Mattah, top photo, one of a handful of antique electronic launches on Glimmerglass, leads this afternoon’s annual Otsego Lake Association Fourth of July Boat Parade, which included 45-50 decorated vessels this year.  Lower left, David Rees of Oneonta, with wife Helen, waves jauntily as he passes Lakefront Park, Cooperstown.  Lower right, Margaret McGowan, enjoying her recent retirement with the sale of Cooperstown Ambulance, sports the colors of the day – red, white and blue.  The parade began at 3 p.m. off Three Mile Point, with Paul Lord, aboard the Biological Field Station’s pontoon boat, let off a fog-horn blast.  The boats then lined up and headed south along the west side of the lake, to cheers from other boats and picnickers ashore, past The Otesago to Lakefront Park.  Another boat parade is planned at 6 this evening at the Canadarago Lake Boat Launch, followed by fireworks there at 10 p.m.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Independence Day Boat Parade 07-04-20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 4

Independence Day Boat Parade

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BOAT PARADE – 3 p.m. Get out for the annual ‘We Love Our Lake’ decorated boat parade. This years theme ‘Lets Celebrate – It’s The 4th Of July.’ All boats welcome from human powered to motor powered and all in between. Participants are reminded to practice social distancing. Parade assembles at 3 Mile Point and proceeds on West Side of the Lake to Lakefront Park, Cooperstown. 518-542-6630 or visit otsegolakeassociation.org for info.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JULY 4, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JULY 4

Independence Day

Otsego County Celebrates

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OLDEST PARADE – 11 a.m. The second oldest parade in the country kicks off again, with a full day of festivities to follow, including a concert and fireworks at dusk. Springfield Center Community Center, 129 Co Rd 29A, Springfield Center.

Boat Floats Float On Otsego Lake

Boat Floats Float On Otsego Lake

Cooperstown’s very own cowboys Kian Grady and Landon Collins ride on the front of their family’s pontoon boat, decorated to look like a frontier wagon. Their boat was one of several that was decorated for the fifth annual Independence Day Boat Parade, put on by the Otsego Lake Association. The boats paraded down the west side of the lake from Three Mile Point to the southern end of the lake, in front of Cooperstown’s Lakefront Park, where prizes were awarded to each boat.

This event is always great fun and always brings people together to celebrate the boat parade. The Otsego Lake Association does it every year as a way to get people together and also promote boating to the people watching the parade. Hopefully, the success of this year’s event will get more people interested in getting their own boat. If you’re wondering about buying your own pontoon boat like the one in the picture then take a look on pontoonboatsreview.com to find out all the amazing things you can do with your boat!

There’s lots of fun that can be had with a pontoon boat, no matter how old you are! It’s worth looking into if you’re curious.

(Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JULY 3
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JULY 3

Parades On The Lakes

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BOAT PARADE – 3 p.m. Decorate your boat and sail, motor, paddle, or whatever from 3 mile point to Lake Front Park. Decorate boats anyway you want. All entries are welcome at any point. Enter the contest at 3 mile point. Spectators can view from Lake Front Park, Cooperstown. Contact Wayne Bunn (518)542-6630 or visit otsegolakeassociation.org

BOAT PARADE – 6-7:15 p.m. Show your boat in its Patriotic glory and then view the fireworks after. Meet at the New York State Boat Launch, 135 Denison Rd., Richfield Springs. www.canadaragolake.com

FIREWORKS – 9:30-10 p.m. Celebrate the Fourth of July with an amazing show above Canadarago Lake. www.canadaragolake.com

2nd Annual Boat Parade Circles Otsego Lake

2nd Annual Boat Parade Circles Otsego Lake

The Otsego Lake Association's webmaster Tim Pokorny sent along images of the OLA's second annual Fourth of July Boat Parade, which sailed from Three Mile Point last evening, passed Cooperstown's Lake Front Park, then went back to its beginning.  Tim also sent a link to more photos.
The Otsego Lake Association’s webmaster Tim Pokorny sent along images of the OLA’s second annual Fourth of July Boat Parade, which sailed from Three Mile Point last evening, passed Cooperstown’s Lake Front Park, then went back to its beginning. Tim also sent a link to more photos.

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