B'ville: Something for everyone Saturday

If the weatherman is right, sunny skies should be the perfect complement to Saturday's busy event schedule in Baldwinsville.

Organized by the Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce, the day includes the fourth annual Kid's Fishing Derby, followed by the Blessing of the Fleet and concluding with the Island Wine Fest.

The fishing derby will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at Mercer Park followed by an 11 a.m. awards ceremony.

"The kids fishing derby is a way for the business community to give back to the kids of the community," said Lee Wilder, executive director of the Baldwinsville Chamber of Comerce. "It has always been our intention to keep this event free for our youth."

Participating age groups are from 5 to 8 years old and from 9 to 12 years old. The first 50 children to pre-register with the Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce will receive a free fishing pole courtesy of the Baldwinsville Kiwanis Club. Registration will be held from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. the morning of the event also.

"This truly is an amazing event for the kids," Wilder said. "The reaction of the children alone makes all the preparation worth it."

Beginning at 12:45 p.m., boaters, kayakers and more will meet at Cooper's Marina to check in. They will then parade down the river to the South West Trail for the official blessing by Rev. Czyz.

"The Blessing of the Fleet has been a tradition in Baldwinsville for many years," Wilder said. "It was a large event back in the 50s and 60s."

While the turnout has been less than stellar in the past few years, the chamber has invited surrounding communities to join in the celebration.

"The more people we can introduce to our community, the more beneficial it is for local business traffic," Wilder said. "And anytime you can add a safety aspect it is worth it, especially in the boating world."

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