New York State’s 124th District Assemblyman Will Barclay was on hand at the 25th annual Harborfest on Friday July 27th to help kick off the “Tall Ship Parade” in the historic Maritime District located at the Port of Oswego Authority. While at the event he presented a proclamation to Harborfest Director Steve Fulton, commemorating the longevity that Harborfest has enjoyed as a premier summer festival in Central New York and the Northeast.
The proclamation recognizes the strong attendance that the festival has enjoyed for over two decades. The Assembly recognizes the large number of local acts that appear on the scenic stages and applauds the number of national acts that have been a staple of the event for over two decades as well.
Activities for families and children are also singled out in the proclamation as is the fact that Harborfest staff members have strived to work with educators to bring cultural themes for the event into the classrooms over the years.
The Assembly paid tribute to the twenty five year partnership with the Grucci family for the Saturday night Entergy Fireworks Spectacular, which has been the signature event of the festival since the beginning. The proclamation commends Harborfest on numerous International Festival and Events awards and multiple American Bus Association “Top 100 North American Event” awards as well.
Along with the impact on the local economy with the influx of visitors each year, the Assembly recognizes that “the treasured values of family unity and wholesome entertainment for all ages are reflected in Harborfest, an event which fosters community pride and benefits the entire region and all festival goers”.
In this State of New York Assembly Proclamation, Assemblyman Will Barclay closes by commemorating the 25th annual Harborfest as he “applauds the organizers, supporters, sponsors and staff for their dedication and commitment to excellence.”
In return, Steve Fulton and the Harborfest staff thanked Assemblyman Barclay for his staff’s help with the New York State Canal Corporation which assisted the Port of Oswego Authority in helping to coordinate the week-long preparation for the Grucci’s fireworks arrival and set-up.