Barge into Baldwinsville Day this Saturday

From noon to 7 p.m., Paper Mill Island will offer performances and festivities. Various groups will perform on the Budweiser Stage starting at 12:30 p.m., while kids' games and food will be available from noon until 7 p.m.

The Canal Corporation tugboat "Syracuse" will be tied up at the island for viewing, and kids can get their picture taken on a cute little tug nearby. Lock Chief Andrew Derby will be offering tours of Lock 24 hourly at half past the hour, starting from the Barge Into Baldwinsville Information Booth. Several organizations will have booths, including the Shacksboro Museum at the Schoolhouse, Baldwinsville Public Library, PACB-TV (Channel 98), and a Fine Arts Tent, where several local groups will offer information about arts opportunities in the community.

Anyone may submit a poster for the Poster Contest which will be judged in three age categories: ages 3-8, ages 9-13, or 14 to adult. Create a poster depicting the theme: "Barge Into Baldwinsville: 100 Years at Lock 24". Bring it to the Barge Into Baldwinsville Information Booth between noon and 4 p.m.

Please write the artist's name, address, age (or family group) and phone number on the back of your poster. Winners will receive a gift certificate to the Shacksboro Museum Gift Shop, a Baldwinsville hat, or a Barge Into Baldwinsville T-shirt.

Children will be entertained with old-fashioned kids' games, woodworking opportunities in the Home Depot tent and a "bouncy house," all free of charge. The Baldwinsville Volunteer Center is coordinating with the Shacksboro Museum to arrange volunteers for the games and the bouncy house. Please call 638-0251 if you are interested in helping out.

Food will include cotton candy, popcorn, hot dogs and pizza frites, root beer floats and ice cream cones. These delectable delights will be provided by the Shacksboro Museum, the local chapter of Rotary International, the Methodist Men's Club, Ice Cream Crossing, and the Barge Into Baldwinsville Committee.

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