City of Oswego and its visitors hoping Harborfest will bring in business

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OSWEGO, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Thousands will be making their way to Oswego by land and by water for Harborfest from July 25th to the 28th. Due to a dry spell and the release of water from Lake Ontario, Wright’s Landing Marina will be open for the event.

Despite the lower water levels, those in the charter business are struggling.

“People are like, ‘Oh you know why do we want to go to a problem area, so the bookings have been anywhere from 40- 50% less,'” said Bob Ruis, who is involved in the charter business.

The city has built extensions on the docks to help boaters get to their slips but they often have to walk through water in the parking lot. None of the boats have power, either, so people have been using generators to get by.

Everyone is hoping Harborfest will make up for some of this year’s losses.

“It’s the biggest event of our tourism industry here in Oswego where so many people come in and patronize our local businesses and fill our parks and spend a lot of money and fill the hotels,” said Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow.

Though there’s still some flooding, it’s now safe to walk and drive through the marina, a major hub for Harborfest. Visitors will use Wright’s Landing as a docking station, eventually making their way into the city.

“We’re just praying for good weather and continued outflows from Lake Ontario and hopefully we won’t have to close down again,” Barlow said.

Within the last three years, the city of Oswego has seen about $7 million worth of damage from the high water levels. Mayor Barlow said the city needs all new slips at its marinas.


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