Lock 24 was the first lock in operation on the new statewide Barge Canal in 1910 - which means the current Baldwinsville lock has been operating for 100 years! Now that's worth celebrating.
An ad hoc committee has held several events this summer to celebrate this centennial with the theme "Barge Into Baldwinsville". This Saturday, August 28 has been declared Barge Into Baldwinsville Day, with performances, speeches and parades for everyone to enjoy.
The first BIB Day event will be a boat parade on Friday night, August 27, at 7 p.m. The best viewing will be from the South Wall near Lock 24, Paper Mill Island, or Mercer Park. Boats will meet at Cooper's Marina at 6 p.m.
The event was scheduled for nighttime so the boats can show off their lights, but it should be light enough for the audience to see the boats as well. Any boaters who want to join in the parade should call the Baldwinsville Public Library at 635-5631 and ask to speak to a Barge Into Baldwinsville Committee member.
Saturday morning will kick off with a street parade from Lock Street and East Genesee Street down to Paper Mill Island, starting at 11 a.m.
"We have just about everything for a good old-fashioned parade except a band, and we may get that before Friday. We have the VFW Color Guard, firetrucks, people with banners, politicians, vintage cars and a tractor," said Meg VanPatten, Reference Librarian at the Baldwinsville Public Library.
VanPatten will be Grand Marshall, riding a yellow convertible Mustang in the parade. Following the parade a commemorative plaque will be presented to Lock 24 at the lock house, with speeches by dignitaries and thanks for the many sponsors of the plaque, including the Beauchamp Club, the Village of Baldwinsville and the Town of Van Buren.