58th Annual International Seaway Festival Kicks Off In OgdensburgPosted: Updated:
A long-standing tradition in the north country opening this weekend for the annual Ogdensburg International Seaway Festival.
Nearly six decades of celebrating the city of Ogdensburg brings visitors from both sides of the border. This weekend marks the kick-off for the 58th annual International Seaway Festival. What makes this year even more special, is that it coincides with Ogdensburg's 150th anniversary.
"It's a big homecoming weekend. The city's population is going to more than triple," said Chris Cole, Seaway Festival General Chairman.
One event that helps get things started is the Wine, Arts and Craft Show.
"We're meeting new people and seeing the kids' faces, when they see something that we have that we're selling, light up and all that. We just enjoy it. It's something to do and it's fun to be here and do that," stated Bill Russell, a craft show vendor.
And just down the road a golf challenge lets people take a shot at winning prizes and help out the Ogdensburg Lions Club. Many organizations who take part in the Seaway Festival also use it as a fund raising opportunity. Over at the Frederic Remington Art Museum, visitors enjoy a barbecue lunch and walk through the art galleries.
Bonnie Wright's grandchildren come to the city every year for the festival, making it a family tradition.
"We've had the older girls since they were babies come into town for the month of July and now the two younger ones with their parents come in also," said Wright.
And it's been a tradition for Bonnie's family since the beginning. Her dad was one of the festival's founders.
"It's really something that's we've always supported. We've always been a part of it and we'll continue to be until it is no longer, which I hope never happens," Wright said.
Seaway Festival events run throughout the week and on Saturday there's the big parade and the concert in the park in the evening.
Find a full list of Seaway Fest events at ogdensburgseawayfestival.org.