Entergy To Again Sponsor Grucci Fireworks at Harborfest

The spectacular Grucci Fireworks will fill the sky over the waters of the Oswego Harbor on Saturday, July 30.

Entergy, long time sponsor of the spectacular Grucci pyrotechnics, has confirmed that it is continuing the Oswego Harborfest tradition for not only one year, but a two year commitment.
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Oswego Harborfest Executive Director Pete Myles noted, “This is my first year as the Executive Director, but for me one of the highlights which has attracted my entire family are the Entergy sponsored Grucci family fireworks. I am excited to be able to announce that they will be back with us for 2016 and am really looking forward to what will be another spectacular and much talked about event.”

Myles said that the two year commitment to the fireworks sponsorship is very important. “Knowing now that the 30th celebration in 2017 has the fireworks already scheduled and confirmed allows us to move forward to create a memorable and exciting festival.”

Continuing he said, “We are extremely excited for the continued support of Entergy for the 29th edition of Oswego Harborfest. Not only does Entergy support us with the finances of putting on a world class Grucci family pyrotechnic display, but the behind-the-scenes efforts to make this show possible through the dedicated efforts of unsung Entergy employees who assist in making this show become a reality.”

Many Entergy employees volunteer to be part of the festival and assist in support of constructing the massive infrastructure that is necessary to make the Grucci fireworks spectacular a reality.

The 29th edition of Oswego Harborfest will commence on Thursday, July 28 with nationally known talent and continue through Sunday, July 31. Music, arts and crafts, a wide variety of foods, vendors of all types, as well as an exciting, interactive children’s park are just some of the attractions which draw thousands of festival attendees each and every year.


The sponsorship of the Entergy Grucci family fireworks display for the next two years at Oswego Harborfest have been confirmed. Gathering to celebrate the continuing partnership were Oswego Harborfest President Chena Tucker, Entergy Senior Communications Specialist Tammy Holden and Harborfest Executive Director Pete Myles

Planning Begins for Variety of Oswego Harborfest Vendors; Applications Available

Oswego Harborfest is accepting applications for a variety of areas.
The 29th edition of the annual music festival is scheduled for July 28-31, 2016.
Harborfest is known for music and the spectacular Grucci fireworks, but it is much more than that with a variety of food, multiple vendors and commercial endeavors as well as the “Pride of New York” treats and drinks.
Applications for the 2016 festival are currently available at the Oswego Harborfest offices at 41 Lake Street in Oswego and on line at www.oswegoharborfest.com.

Cindy Loughrey is in charge of gathering the businesses, vendors and food and is excited about the aspects of Oswego Harborfest.
She said, “Last year we had a wide variety of food concessions and vendors along with businesses and arts and crafts. We really hope to expand even more this year. There are plans underway that will excite not only all of the vendors involved, but also festival goers.
Loughrey said, “We really hope to enhance and expand our ‘Pride of New York’ area. We are so excited over the products that are produced not only in Oswego County, but throughout the State of New York especially right here in Central New York.”
Not only is there a desire to have food vendors, commercial businesses and “Pride of New York” applicants, but it is also time for artisans and crafts folks to apply for participating.
All applications are available on line at oswegoharborfest.com, at the offices at 41 Lake Street in Oswego or further information can be obtained by calling 342-7113 Monday thru Thursday.
Oswego Harborfest is one of the largest continuing free music festivals in the United States and is supported by Central New York corporations, businesses and individuals.

Oswego Harborfest Names Peter Myles New Executive Director


Peter Myles has been named as the new Oswego Harborfest Executive Director.
Myles, a veteran educator-administrator with 34 years of professional experience within the Oswego City School District, will officially commence his new duties in January.
Of his appointment Myles said, “I see Harborfest as a tremendous community and regional event. I am retiring after 34 years and really wanted to continue to be involved with the community and this is a very exciting avenue to take. I appreciate the confidence of the Oswego Harborfest Board of Directors and I look forward to working with what I perceive as a very dedicated staff.”
The annual event is something special to Myles.
He said, “My wife and I have attended Harborfest regularly, but more importantly it provides a great family event. My family comes together and the Grucci fireworks have always been a highlight for us.”
Myles realizes that there are financial challenges in regards to continuing the Oswego Harborfest celebration.
He noted, “There are always financial challenges for non-profit organizations. The effort to put this festival together is monumental and involves not only our staff and board of directors, but we appreciate the support of businesses, municipalities, organizations and of course individual members.”
Ironically during his career he was involved with the teacher exchange program at the Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant and worked with former Oswego Harborfest Director Mike Redding. He also was involved with the Energy Center in assisting to educate and inform visitors about nuclear power.
He is looking forward to “seeing what improvements or changes that can be made to contribute to the growth and excitement of Harborfest.”
Myles will officially commence his duties in January and can be reached at director@oswegoharborfest.com

Oswego Harborfest Expands Design Opportunity for New Poster

Oswego Harborfest planning for the 29th annual event is well underway and as always it is important for the community to be a part of the celebration.
Annually the Oswego Harborfest poster has become not only a representation of the event, but a collectors’ item.
However, this year the poster design is going in a slightly different direction.
Harborfest Promotions and Media Marketing Director Bill Foley said, “In recent years we have celebrated the work of high school students from Oswego and Fulton as they have created a wide variety of outstanding themed posters.”
Continuing he noted, “This year we are shifting the focus and while we have invited students from area high schools to submit poster designs, we are branching out to see if the artistic community in general would like to be involved and anyone in Central New York is invited to be a part of the creative effort.”
Submissions will be accepted from anyone who would like to have their art considered to become the poster for the 2016 Oswego Harborfest celebration.
Foley said, “The design of the festival is always much anticipated and hopefully the opportunity to expand the opportunity to be involved in Oswego Harborfest will provide additional quality submissions for this year’s event.
It is expected that the committee will make its final decision over this year’s design by early February.
Anyone wishing to submit their design should send it to Bill Foley, Oswego Harborfest, 41 Lake Street, Oswego N.Y. 13126 by January 25, 2016 or the work can be delivered to the offices Monday thru Thursday.
Oswego Harborfest is one of the largest continuing free music festivals in the United States and is supported by Central New York corporations, businesses and individuals.

Position Open: Oswego Harborfest Executive Director

An opening exists for an Oswego Harborfest Executive Director.

This person will oversee the day-to-day operation of Harbor Festivals Inc.

The successful candidate should have excellent communication and organizational skills, preferably past experience in special events and event planning.

The position is anticipated to require 20 hours per week.

Application deadline is November 7, 2015.

Please send resume’ and any information deemed appropriate to Executive Director Search, Oswego Harborfest, 41 Lake Street, Oswego, N.Y. 13126

Musicians & Bands Wanted for 2016 Oswego Harborfest


It is that time again as Oswego Harborfest is ready to accept musicians and band applications.

The 29th edition of Oswego Harborfest is scheduled for the last full weekend of July 2016.

Festivities will kick off on Thursday, July 28 and wind down on Sunday, July 31.

A major part of Oswego Harborfest is the wide variety of music with numerous genres offered for the festival attendees.

Once again performer applications are now being accepted for the annual celebration.

To be considered to be a performer at Oswego Harborfest 2016, it is necessary to complete the Performer Application form and return it to Harborfest with a press kit and CD. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. Applications will be reviewed as received.

Music and programming chairperson Barb Manwaring said, “We are commencing planning for our stages at this years’ Oswego Harborfest. The 2016 “Performers Application” is available on the Oswego Harborfest website (www.oswegoharborfest.com). Simply go to the menu and under ‘vendors’ is a drop down menu where ‘applications’ should be opened and the application can be printed and mailed to our offices.”

Applications should be mailed to Barbara Manwaring, Oswego Harborfest, 41 Lake Street, Oswego N.Y. 13126.



The U.S. Army Band from Fort Drum rocked Oswego Harborfest last year and currently there are openings for performers at the 2016 edition .





Winning 50-50 Number 344655

The winning 50-50 Oswego Harborfest ticket has been drawn.

The winning number is a yellow ticket 344655 and the person with this ticket will received $3,902.36.

The winner must contact Oswego Harborfest Executive Director Doug Buske within 48 hours. Buske can be reached at 315-342-7140.

Harborfest Fun Day Sunday


Sunday was the final day of the 28th edition of Oswego Harborfest and there was no letdown after the spectacular Entergy Nuclear sponsored Grucci Fireworks the night before. All four festival venues were quite busy throughout the day. On the NRG Lakeview State in Breitbeck Park the curtain to Harborfest came down in rousing fashion as Canada’s Brass Transit brought Chicago to Oswego with a true-to-life sound of the musical icons. Throughout the afternoon the music of Big Eyed Phish brought Dave Matthews Band music to the stage and F5 rocked off the afternoon. However, throughout the venue large crowds turned out for the Port of Oswego Authority Typhoon Tommy Jet Ski Show and the K-9 Grooming and Pet Hotel sponsored Jersey Disc Devils high flying and trained border collie show. Food vendors had anything that was desired as hundreds of people turned out to relax in the park on a Sunday afternoon. Meanwhile at the Labatt’s Blue Light Stage at East Park Canandian jazz star Tia Brazda followed Diana Jacobs Band and Brownskin Band while folks sat under the shade of the park trees enjoying frozen custard, gourmet egg rolls, baby back ribs or a cool glass of lemonade and of course a cool Labatt’s. The Novelis Family Park was a huge success this year as thousands of youngsters and their families spent numerous hours enjoying a variety of opportunities. Sunday was the final performace of “Wonderland” which is a musical presented by Oswego and surrounding area youngsters under the direction of Rocky Farden and Bobbi Palange. Boater safety was on the docket as well as the numerous activities of the Oswego Children’s Museum and the performances of Bubbleman Doug Rougeoux, InJest, and numerous other activities. Arts and crafts booths lined the east bank of the Oswego River and visitors wandered the area throughout the afternoon. DSC04281 DSC04369 DSC04403

Sensational Nuclear Entergy Grucci Fireworks

In one of the most sensational pyrotechnic displays ever in Central New York the Entergy Nuclear Grucci Fireworks proved to be a display that would not soon be forgotten.

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