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Skaneateles Labor Day weekend to bring family fun, community support

This year’s Fire Department Labor Day Weekend field days and SkaRaces events will support the Skaneateles Ecumenical food pantry.

This year’s Fire Department Labor Day Weekend field days and SkaRaces events will support the Skaneateles Ecumenical food pantry. Joe Genco

SkanRaces participants can also drop off donations at the YMCA during packet pickup on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.

In addition to serving a charitable cause, the field days serve as the biggest annual fundraiser for the Skaneateles Fire Department, President Jim Buff said.

Since the 1970s the fire department has been able to purchase all of its vehicles with money from fundraisers, like the field days and its annual high-stakes raffle, and private donations. As a result of this the department has the lowest fire tax rate in Onondaga County, meaning they get the smallest amount of money from the taxpayers via the village of Skaneateles.

Right now the department is looking to replace a 22-year-old fire engine. The new one will cost an estimated $400,000, Buff said.

Labor Day weekend schedule of events

Below is the schedule of events for the Labor Day weekend fire department field days and SkanRaces. Events are held in Austin Park in or near the pavilion, unless otherwise noted.

Saturday, Aug. 31

SkinnyMan triathalon, starts and ends in Clift Park: 7:30 a.m.

Car show: 8 a.m.

Chicken barbecue: 12 p.m.

Pay one price to ride: 1 to 4 p.m.

MiniSkinny youth race events, Skaneateles YMCA: 1 to 3 p.m.

Children’s pushball: 4 p.m.

Community pushball: 5:30 p.m.

Pay one price to ride: 7 to 10 p.m.

Joe Whiting Band: 8 to 11 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 1

Escape from the Judge swim race, starts in Skaneateles Lake and ends at Clift Park: 7:30 a.m.

Chicken barbecue: 12 p.m.

Coon Hill Grind, Skaneateles Ski Center: 1 p.m.

Skaneateles Road Race: 4 p.m.

Grand Parade: 4 p.m.

Ruby Shooz: 6 to 10 p.m.

Community bucket brigade: 6:30 p.m.

Parade and sports awards: 8:30 p.m.

Raffles and SAVES drawings: 8:45 p.m.

Fireworks: 10 p.m.

SkanRaces, a non-for-profit organization founded by Michael Parker in 2004, has become one of the biggest holders of competitive races in Central New York. In addition to the beautiful scenery of Skaneateles, swimmers like swimming in Skaneateles Lake because it has far less seaweed than other area lakes, Legg said.

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