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Cardboard boats will be tested at regatta

WATKINS GLEN--Lights, cardboard and duct tape will once again highlight the 23rd annual Watkins Glen Waterfront Festival and Cardboard Boat Regatta this Friday and Saturday, June 17 and 18. The weekend kicks off at the Seneca Harbor Park with the Harbor Light Show Friday evening, featuring a variety of lights along the waterfront and several live bands. Saturday features the Cardboard Boat Regatta, where teams paddle their cardboard and duct tape vessels around the marina course and spectators vote on their favorite creations.
Friday evening's event includes musical entertainment along the entire Seneca Harbor Waterfront. The food court features a variety of fair foods, with the light show beginning as the sun sets. Harbor Lights is orchestrated by Pro Audio Consulting of Painted Post, sustained by a Watkins Glen Chamber of Commerce grant and supported by several area businesses.
A schedule for Friday, June 17, is as follows:
• Food court opens - 5 p.m.
• Scott Adams at the Seneca Harbor Patio - 6 to 9 p.m.
• Tru Blue at the Pier House - 6 to 9 p.m.
• 43 Main Street Band- on the Lawn - 5 to 9 p.m.
• Registration tent for cardboard boat information - 6 to 8 p.m.
• Robyn Burnett at the Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Waterside Stage -- 6 to 9 p.m.
• Puka Inti at the Pier House -- 9 to 11 p.m.
• Lighting of the harbor - dusk until 11 pm
• Lonnie and Johnny Band at the Village Marina Bar and Grill - 9 p.m.
Saturday's event is all about the cardboard boats, with the regatta beginning at 2 p.m. While there were some 40 boats registered at last year's event, numbers are currently down for this year.
The food court opens at 10 a.m. as the boats arrive and set up for the regatta. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., visitors can stroll through the Concourse de Cardboard to check out the cardboard boats and meet the crews.
People are encouraged to vote for their favorite cardboard boat. This year, the SAFE (Suicide Awareness For Everyone) Coalition of Schuyler County will be selling the voting stones. Those looking to vote can visit the regatta registration tent adjacent to the Village Marina Bar and Grill between noon and 2 p.m. June 18 to purchase their voting stones. To vote, place the voting stones in your favorite boat's ballot bag.
O'Hara Machinery of Auburn is also joining in the fun by bringing a very large John Deere "Green" farm tractor to Seneca Harbor Park for visitors to inspect. Also on hand for this year's Regatta are the Chemung County Veteran's honoring America's Fallen Heroes with the Forty and Eight display. The titles and symbols of the Forty and Eight reflect its First World War origins when Americans were transported to the battle front on French trains within boxcars stenciled with a "40/8," denoting its capacity to hold either 40 men or eight horses. Membership in the Forty and Eight is by invitation of honorably discharged veterans and honorably serving members of the United States Armed Forces.
The event is put on by Watkins Glen Promotions, with the Cayuga Health System sponsoring Harbor Lights Friday evening. Cayuga Health System is the partnership between Cayuga Medical Center and Schuyler Hospital. For more, visit

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