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B’ville Rotary to host 18th annual Seneca River Days

Mercer Park, Paper Mill Island to feature concert, a car show, fireworks, duck race and more

Dave Roche, left, Matt Lail, center, and Nick Julian paddle their vessel Garage Sale during last year's Anything That Floats contest. The trio came in second place during the Seneca River Days event. First place went to Paper or Plastic, piloted by Edward Tucker, and third place went to SS Meathead, piloted by Steven Festenstein, who won the contest the year before. Other entries included We Thought The Prize Was $1,000, piloted by Becky Rotelli, Andy Rotelli, Stephanie Krause and Casey Romanick, and The White Pearl, piloted by brothers Ethan and Adam Pacheck. "We sort of capsized as soon as we got in," Adam said. "At least the water was warm," Ethan added.

Dave Roche, left, Matt Lail, center, and Nick Julian paddle their vessel Garage Sale during last year's Anything That Floats contest. The trio came in second place during the Seneca River Days event. First place went to Paper or Plastic, piloted by Edward Tucker, and third place went to SS Meathead, piloted by Steven Festenstein, who won the contest the year before. Other entries included We Thought The Prize Was $1,000, piloted by Becky Rotelli, Andy Rotelli, Stephanie Krause and Casey Romanick, and The White Pearl, piloted by brothers Ethan and Adam Pacheck. "We sort of capsized as soon as we got in," Adam said. "At least the water was warm," Ethan added.

— The Rotary Club of Baldwinsville’s 18th annual Seneca River Days will take place Friday, July 13, and Saturday, July 14. This year’s event will kick off with a concert featuring Letizia and the Z Band at 6:30 p.m. Friday on Paper Mill Island followed by fireworks. Food and beverages will be for sale on the island and spectators should bring a blanket or lawn chairs, but no coolers. Food and beverages will also be available at Mercer Park beginning at 6 p.m. for those coming to watch the 9:30 p.m. fireworks display.

While admission is free, the club requests guests support the event by purchasing a duck ticket (or two) for the next day’s big duck race.

The festivities return the next morning (9:30 a.m.) for the entire family at Mercer Park where there will be live music, children’s activities, craft vendors, entertainment, food and much more. The day will also feature an all day classic car show and the Syracuse Model Boat Club will have demonstrations throughout the day, so if you are a car or boat enthusiast, be sure to check this out.

Most activities are free to watch or participate in, making it a great day out for families, and include magic and reptile shows, the Tumble Bus, bounce houses, face painting, games and more. Shop craft vendors, get information from community booths and enjoy concessions from the Rotary Club and area organizations raising money for their cause.

At 2 p.m., the Anything That Floats contest will begin. Watch and cheer as individuals and teams enter the Seneca River in their creative crafts racing to the finish line at Mercer Park. There is still time to enter the contest, too. Simply bring a homemade floating craft, which must cost less than $50 to create, to Coopers Marina and register on-site.

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