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B'ville: Blessing of the Fleet blossoms

Get your chance to win Dave Matthews Band tickets at Baldwinsville's Blessing of the Fleet.

This year's event, hosted by the Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce (GBCC), features a flurry of activities in several locations throughout Baldwinsville including the Dave Matthews Band tickets give-away and an auctioning of four additional tickets.

The day begins with the annual free Kids' Fishing Derby (for children from 5 to 12 years old) at Mercer Park. The first 50 participants will get a free fishing pole and all are eligible to win one of a dozen prizes. The derby takes place at 9 a.m. at the park and registration begins at 8:15 a.m.

New this year is the Seneca River Sprints, a recreational three-mile canoe/kayak race. The race will be held at noon and each participant will get a boater's bag and are eligible to win one of a dozen prizes. Pre-register for the event by June 15 for $10 or register the day of the event for $15.

The day's big event starts with the boat parade at 2 p.m. beginning at Cooper's Marina, and ending at the Southwest Trail, where each boat will be blessed. This year also features an open clambake beginning at 3:30 p.m. with live entertainment and raffles throughout the day. To enter to win the pair of Dave Matthews Band tickets, participants must purchase chamber tickets, which are available in limited supply for $35 each.

To pre-register for any event or to purchase tickets, call 638-0550 or e-mail bchamber07@verizon.net. For more information, visit baldwinsvillechamber.com.

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