Loughrey & Foley On Board with Harborfest 2015



Planning for one of the largest admission free festivals in the nation is well underway.

Harborfest 2015 is about six months away, but the part-time staff is dedicated to maintaining the tradition and excitement for this year’s event. The Harborfest sites are being planned, the search for crowd pleasing entertainment is underway and already vendors are planning to take up residence for the 28th edition of the festival slated for July 23 – 26, 2015.

Oswego Harborfest Executive Director Doug Buske (center) welcomes two new staff members as Bill Foley (left) will serve in the public relations-media marketing area and Cindy Loughery is the new vendor membership coordinator.

Oswego Harborfest Executive Director Doug Buske (center) welcomes two new staff members as Bill Foley (left) will serve in the public relations-media marketing area and Cindy Loughery is the new vendor membership coordinator. 

However, behind the scenes there are some new faces who hope to make major contributions to assist in the organization of this year’s event.

Cindy Loughrey has been named Vendor-Membership Coordinator while veteran journalist-public relations professional Bill Foley will serve as Public Relations-Media Marketing Director.

They join the team of Executive Director Doug Buske, Business Manager Barbara Manwaring and Sponsorship Coordinator Carol Dillabough in spearheading the organizational efforts for Harborfest 2015.

Buske noted, “It a pleasure to welcome Cindy and Bill aboard. Their years of expertise in their respective fields will contribute to the growth of Harborfest and they will definitely bring some different ideas to the organization. “

Continuing Buske said, “Harborfest is one of the largest admission free festivals in the United States and we want that to continue. We could not do this without the massive amount of cooperation from the City of Oswego, Oswego Fire Department, Oswego Police Department, Port Authority, Oswego Department of Public Works, Oswego County, our major sponsors, our business partners, our ‘friends of the festival’ and of course the hundreds of community volunteers.”

A veteran journalist and public relations professional, Foley said, “This is a new door that has opened that will provide an exciting experience. Harborfest continues to evolve and it is a privilege to be promoting and publicizing an event that attracts not only Oswego County residents, but exposes our natural and entertainment resources to visitors from throughout New York, Canada and the Northeastern part of the United States.”

Loughery also is enthusiastic over her involvement in Harborfest. She has over a decade of experience in customer service at Fulton Typewriter and related businesses.

Of her new position she said, “This is a new challenge which I am excited to begin. Harborfest is an outstanding community event and it is my goal to be involved with food and commercial vendors who will bring a wide variety of choices to Harborfest.”

Every day brings further excitement of Harborfest and updated information will be readily available at www.oswegoharborfest.com.

Harborfest Fundraising Chicken BBQ Hosted by Gibby’s

Oswego Harborfest is set for late July, but the efforts to raise funds for one of the largest admission free festivals in the nation continues on Saturday, February 7.


Proving you can have fun while fundraising planning is underway for the annual chicken barbeque.

In conjunction with “Warm Up Oswego” festivities, Gibby Thompson, owner of Gibby’s Irish Pub on Lake Street in Oswego, has volunteered is cooking expertise and business to play host to the event.

Chicken, salt potatoes and corn will be on the menu for the afternoon.

Harborfest Executive Director Doug Buske said, “Gibby has been a tremendous supporter of Harborfest and has been involved with us for years. His barbeques are well known and always of high quality. Our annual barbeque is a great opportunity to get together, enjoy good company, have a good time and get the Harborfest excitement rolling.”

Chicken will be available from Noon to 3 p.m. and tickets are $8 presale and $10 the day of the event.
Pre-sale tickets are available until Friday, January 30, by calling Harborfest at 343-6858 or Gibby’s at 207-1083. Tickets are also available at the Harborfest Offices at the McCrobie Building (41 Lake Street) and Gibby’s Irish Pub at the corner of West Second and Lake Street.

Oswego Harborfest Executive Director Doug Buske and Gibby Thompson continue planning for the Saturday, February 7 Oswego Harborfest Chicken Barbeque fundraiser.

Harborfest Welcomes New Officers & Board Members

OSWEGO,NY (January 20) –Folks visiting the annual Oswego Harborfest celebration enjoy the food, music, fireworks, but aren’t necessarily aware of what it took to stage one of the largest admission free festivals in the nation.

Executive Director Doug Buske said, “It takes a substantial number of people who possess a wide range of life experiences to organize and stage the annual event.”

Twenty-three area residents and business persons have volunteered to serve on the 2015 Oswego Harborfest Board of Directors.

New officers established in their new leadership positions are Chena Tucker, this year’s president, while Ernest Monts is the first vice president, Colleen Carmella the second president, Joan Carroll treasurer, Marta Santiago recording secretary, Chuck Handley correspondence secretary and Bruce Turner the at-large officer.

New to the board are Mary Greeney, Heathe Jones, Julie Restuccio, Margaret Mahaney, John Zanewych and Ann Kirk.

The six new members join Jeff Bame, Ron Falise, Joe Garafolo, Tony Gentile, Lisa Gray, Marilyn McMillen, Jake Mulcahey, Mike Myers, Amy Tresider, and Dave “Gibby” Thompson in creating an environment that supplies memories and exciting experiences for Harborfest fans.

Harborfest Executive Director Doug Buske said, “The teamwork that is involved in making Harborfest the success that it is amazing. Everyone on the board of directors brings a special expertise to the table and that knowledge and experience creates the complete picture that helps provide in keeping Harborfest one of the largest admission free festivals in the nation.”

Oswego Harborfest will begin on Thursday, July 23 at Breitbeck Park in Oswego and conclude on Sunday, July 26.

Sponsors for 2015 Festival-Welcome Aboard

Welcome and thank you to all of the sponsors, business partners and friends for the 2015 edition of Oswego Harborfest
NBT Bank
C&S Companies
National Grid
A-Verdi Storage Containers
Pipefitters & Plumbers Union
Fulton Savings Bank
Eastern Short Associates Insurance
Mitchell Printing
Ameriprise Financial

Business Partners
JP Wholesale Jewelers

New York State Lottery
Peace Corps

Dr. Vilma Junio (supporting emergency services)
Mary Lue Ferguson
Dowdle Funeral Home


For Immediate Release
Contact: Barbara A. Manwaring 343-1229
Application deadline is January 10, 2015
OSWEGO,NY (October 8) – Harborfest 2015 is seeking performers for appearances at the 28th edition of the festival slated for July 23 – 26, 2015.
Artists of all types of music interested in appearing at Harborfest 2015 can obtain information and an application by clicking here or at the Harborfest office, 41 Lake Street in Oswego, weekdays during normal working hours.
There is no application fee, but a clearly labeled CD or audiotape and press or information kit must accompany each application. Applications must be completed and submitted with all requested information to the Harborfest office by no later than January 10, 2015.