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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, AUGUST 18
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, AUGUST 18

Hops History Festival

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HOPSEGO – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Family friendly festival featuring activities, fun, games, opportunities to learn local history and craft brewing. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org/Hopsego

ANTIQUE TRACTORS – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Antique tractors, engines, working exhibits on display. All brands, sizes, shapes, colors, conditions accepted. Fun for all. Roseboom. 607-264-9327 or visit www.farmershotline.com/farm-events/18th-annual-roseboom-antique-power-days

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPT. 16
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPT. 16

Celebrate The Harvest

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HARVEST FESTIVAL – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Celebrate the fall harvest with food, music, and activities for all. The Farmers Museum, Cooperstown. www.farmersmuseum.org/Harvest-Festival

LUMBERFEST – 9 a.m.-5 p.m. See timbersports, enjoy activities with Hanford Mills, go on a train ride, do a project, see a demonstration, more. Free, open to public. Co. Rt. 35a, Portlandville. Visit WightmanLumber.com

SHAVER-LEFEVER TEAM LEADS LOCAL REGATTA CONTENDERS

SHAVER-LEFEVER TEAM LEADS

LOCAL REGATTA CONTENDERS

Shultis of Otego and Larry Harrison of West Oneonta arrive  at late morning today at the Southside Dam in Oneonta.  (Ian Austin/allotsego.com)
Shultis of Otego and Larry Harrison of West Oneonta arrive at late morning today at the Southside Dam in Oneonta. (Ian Austin/allotsego.com)

BAINBRIDGE – The team of Al Shaver Jr. of Meridale and Trever LeFever of Unadilla were the top local paddlers in the “Pro Class,” the top contenders in today’s 52nd annual General Clinton Regatta. They came in ninth.

Other local contenders in the race, which began at 8 a.m. in Cooperstown’s Lakefront Park and ended at mid-afternoon in Bainbridge, were:

• 11th – Dale Persons, Unadilla, and Mark Gillespie, Rochester
• 13th – Bruce Lee, Port Crane, and John Partridge, Unadilla
• 15th – Jeff Shultis, Otego, and Larry Harrison, West Oneonta

The winners of this year’s Pro class event are Glais Guillame, St. Boniface, Que., and Mathieu Pellerin, Shawingan, Que., in a time of 7:11:30.

HERE ARE THE REGATTA RACE RESULTS

52nd Clinton Regatta Under Way;

52nd Clinton Regatta Under Way;

Heading For Oneonta, Bainbridge

The first racers depart at 6 a.m. today from Cooperstown's Lakefront Park in the 52nd annual General Clinton Canoe Regatta.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
The first racers depart at 6 a.m. today from Cooperstown’s Lakefront Park in the 52nd annual General Clinton Canoe Regatta.  That’s The Otesaga’s tower at left. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Dad Jeff Killmeier of Unadilla helps son Jeff, a well-known chef in Florida and elsewhere, launch his craft this morning at Lakefront Park. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Dad Jeff Killmeier of Unadilla helps son Jeff, a well-known chef in Florida and elsewhere, launch his craft this morning at Lakefront Park. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
It was the outfits, said Mark Kirkby, left, prepared by Courtney Weir, right, that convinced this Cooperstown trio – Stacy Smith is at center – to participate in today's regatta.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
It was the outfits, said Mark Kirkby, left, prepared by Courtney Weir, right, that convinced this Cooperstown trio – Stacy Smith is at center – to participate in today’s regatta. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)

COOPERSTOWN

They’re off! For the 52rd time, canoeists from Oneonta to Montana and beyond departed at 6 a.m. today from Cooperstown’s Lakefront Park, bound for Bainbridge in the annual General Clinton Regatta.

At Oneonta, watch for the pros – they depart from here at 8 – to pass through the city at about 11:30, according to Lori and Jon Michaels of Goodyear Lake, former longtime organizing committee members who were still helping at the starting line this morning.

“The water’s up this year,” observed Lori, which means it promises to be a relatively fast race, with the front-runners arriving in Bainbridge at about 3.

The pro class – you can still catch them departing at 8 – including Oneonta’s Al Shaver, paddling with Trevor LeFever of Unadilla, who is favored to lead the local pack.

Other local pros to watch include Dale Persons of Unadilla, who turned 50 this year, paddling with Mark Gillespie of Rochester, and Jeff Shultis of Otego and Larry Harrison of West Oneonta.

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