Oswego’s Summer Bash kicks off Thursday evening

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OSWEGO, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — A few months ago, the City of Oswego cancelled one of their biggest events of the year, Harborfest. Now, they’re replacing it with another festival meant to help the city.

As to why Mayor Billy Barlow decided to pick this weekend to have a festival, the mayor said he felt like he needed to have something to help local businesses especially after the tough year they’ve had.

Mayor Barlow said Harborfest was cancelled earlier this year because it typically brings in thousands of people to Oswego, and organizers weren’t sure what the climate would be like for the pandemic after so much uncertainty. Therefore, they felt it was safer to cancel the event. 

In June, they decided to host the Summer Bash to substitute for Harborfest. The event will be smaller, but it’ll have the same purpose.

“Reaching out and presenting another opportunity to local small businesses, a lot of store front businesses had to close down last year and are still feeling the negative effects of the pandemic. But this is just another opportunity to bring the people to them at the park, and set up a secondary stand at the park and get a big crowd there and they can have an opportunity to pick up some of the sales they lost last year.”

Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow 

Mayor Barlow also said it’s going to be more family oriented. The Oswego Summerbash starts around 5 p.m on Thursday, July 29 and runs until July 31.

The event will take place at Brietbeck Park and feature carnival rides, games, food concessions, children’s activities, retail vendors, beer and wine garden, and live music.

The schedule for Summer Bash is as follows:

Thursday, July 29th

5:00pm-10:00pm – Carnival Rides, Games & Food by Ontario Amusements

5:00pm – 8:00pm – Live Butterfly Garden Display

5:00pm – 10:00pm – Wine & Beer Garden by Southern Fare

5:00pm – 7:00pm – Live music with Mike Shiel

7:30pm-10:00pm – Live music featuring Tink Bennett & Tailor Made

Friday, July 30th

5:00pm-10:00pm – Carnival Rides, Games & Food by Ontario Amusements

5:00pm – 8:00pm – Live Butterfly Garden display

5:00pm – 10:00pm – Wine & Beer Garden by Southern Fare

5:00pm – 7:00pm – Live Music by Bryan Syrell

7:30pm-10:00pm – Live music featuring The SkyCoasters

Saturday, July 31st

1:00pm – 5:00pm Carnival Rides, Games & Food by Ontario Amusements

(carnival closes for break & refuel from 5:00pm to 6:00pm)

1:00pm – 8:00pm – Live Butterfly Garden Display, Magician, Animal encounters

3:00pm – 5:00pm – Lie music with Kenna Dee

5:00pm – 10:00pm – Animal encounters, fire dancers, strolling attractions, retail vendors

5:00pm – 10:00pm – Wine & Beer Garden by Southern Fare

5:00pm – 8:00pm – Live music with Dave Hawthorne

6:00pm – 10:00pm – Carnival Rides, Games & Food by Ontario Amusements

8:00pm – 10:00pm – Live music featuring the Domicolo-Barlow Band

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