Though many of the events and increased in activity in Skaneateles during the summer is a result of tourism, the Labor Day weekend events are all about the local community.
As has been the tradition for more than 100 years, the Skaneateles Fire Department will hold its field days, parade and fireworks display at Austin Park Saturday and Sunday of this Labor Day weekend.
Also, now in its ninth year, SkanRaces will be holding a number of race events that are scheduled to compliment rather than conflict with the fire department festivities.
Staples of the field days that will be back include carnival rides, food and drink (including chicken barbecue and steamed clams), the car show, pushball and bucket brigade competitions and live music from the Joe Whiting Band and Ruby Shooz (for complete schedule see sidebar on next page).
The Grand Parade Sunday afternoon will start at 4 p.m. near the YMCA and proceed down State Street to Genesee Street and then to Jordan Street and end at Austin Park. The weekend will be capped off with a fireworks display in the park at 10 p.m.
SkanRaces will be holding the SkinnyMan triathlon and Escape from the Judge swim race on Saturday morning, both which are headquartered in Clift Park and welcome spectators, Chris Legg of SkanRaces said.
SkanRaces will also hold the MiniSkinny event for kids Saturday afternoon and the Coon Hill Grind, a bike race, and a 5k road race on Sunday. Though some of the events will fill up ahead of time, some offer race-day registration, for more information visit skanraces.com.
One way in which SkanRaces and the fire department have partnered up to serve the community is by supporting a charitable cause: the Skaneateles Ecumenical Food Pantry.
Attendees of any of the weekend’s events are encouraged to bring canned good or other non-perishable food items with them to donate. The fire department will have bins spread around the field days for collecting donations and they will also be collecting donations during the parade Sunday with the help of shopping carts borrowed from Tops.