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B'ville Rotary seeks 'Anything That Floats'

The Rotary Club of Baldwinsville's 17th annual Seneca River Days will once again feature the popular Anything That Floats contest as part of the two-day event. Participants are asked to create a makeshift boat from non-traditional materials and then paddle or sail them down the Seneca River. This year's race will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday July 9, the second day of the annual event.

The contest begins at Cooper's Marina and ends at Mercer Park. Boats must be handmade, pollution-free and cost less than $50 to build. Boaters are encouraged to decorate their vessels, wear costumes and have a good time. There will be an audience at Mercer Park to cheer boats to shore.

Pre-registration is recommended, but on-site registration the day of the event is welcome. For more information or to get a registration form, call the event sponsor, the Bucci Law Firm, at 635-9944 or email the Rotary Club at senecariverday@yahoo.com.

This year's Seneca River Days will kick off with a Joe Whiting concert on Papermill Island at 6:30 p.m. Friday July 8 for just $5 admission. Stay on the island or join the fun at Mercer Park later that evening for the 9:30 p.m. fireworks display. Then bring the family back to Mercer Park all day Saturday July 9 for children's activities, craft vendors, entertainment, food and much more. Most activities are free to watch or participate in, making it a great day out for families. The grand finale is the Seneca River Duck Race at 4 p.m. Make sure to buy duck tickets in advance or at the event and cheer on your ducks to win any of more than 15 prizes donated by local businesses.

As the club's largest fundraiser of the year, the Seneca River Days are a vital part of being able to give back to the community. In 2010, the Rotary Club of Baldwinsville made contributions to support Baldwinsville groups like the little league and wrestling clubs, food pantry and Christmas bureau, fire department and more. They also gave out three scholarships to local students, sent two students to a weekend-long leadership skills camp hosted by the Rotary Youth Leadership Association and provided dictionaries to every third grade student in Baldwinsville schools.

The Rotary Club of Baldwsinville meets Wednesdays at the First United Methodist Church of Baldwinsville on Charlotte Street. The first Wednesday of the month is a breakfast meeting at 7:30 a.m. and the rest of the month is a 12:15 p.m. lunch meeting. Anyone interested in learning more about Rotary or Seneca River Days is invited to attend.

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