By MATT LINDSEY
OGDENSBURG -- Amusement rides are now operating in Library Park as the 54th Seaway Festival continues.
The rides feature “everything you’d expect to see at a local fair from a tilt-a-whirl to a merry-go-round,” according to event organizer Chris Cole. The rides will be open through Saturday with hours from noon to 11 p.m.
Senior citizens will compete on Thursday night during the “great toilet paper toss” at Library Park.
“About 50 to 60 seniors usually compete in games like throwing a roll of toilet paper through a toilet seat. Picture someone throwing a football through a tire,” Cole said.
Other competitions will be who can throw a roll of toilet paper the farthest and a horsehoe-style game, Cole said.
The karaoke finals will be held Friday followed by “The Rochester Rat Pack” who will pay tribute to Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack. The concert will be at the Greenbelt Park main stage from 8 to 9:45 p.m.
A fireworks show will take place around 9:45 p.m.
A parade on Saturday will proceed down Ford Street starting at 11 a.m.
“All fire departments in the county have been invited and their will be high school bands, as well as a 200 member Chinese-Oriental band from Toronto,” Cole said.
The parade usually lasts around 2 hours, according to Cole.
A car show and fourth annual duck race will close out the festival on Sunday.
“Hundreds of cars will be displayed on land near the bridge,” Cole said.
The duck race will see nearly 1,000 ducks poured in the river near the City docks.
Ducks cost $5 each and cash prizes will be given including $100 for first place.
“The festival keeps growing every year and the population doubles in during the festival,” Cole said.
The full schedule:
• Thursday, July 24: Remington Museum Day, Frederic Remington Museum, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; amusement rides, noon to 11 p.m., Greenbelt Park, noon to 11 p.m.; “special wrist bracelet day,” noon to 4 p.m. for amusement rides; “Playback,” concert, Library Park gazebo, 4 to 6 p.m.; “The Great Toilet Paper Toss,” Library Park, 6 p.m.; “Juggernaut Agenda,” concert, Library Park stage, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
• Friday, July 25: Remington Museum Day, Frederic Remington Museum, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; amusement rides, Greenbelt Park, noon to 11 p.m.; karaoke finals, Library Park gazebo, 5 to 6 p.m.; Texaco County Showdown, Library Park gazebo, 6 to 7 p.m.; “The Rochester Rat Pack,” a tribute to Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, concert, Greenbelt Park main stage; 8 to 9:45 p.m.; fireworks, Greenbelt Park, 10 p.m.
• Saturday, July 26: Seaway Festival Parade, Ford St., 11 a.m.; amusement rides, Greenbelt Park, noon to 11 p.m.; chicken BBQ, Greenbelt Park, noon until sold out; Seaway Festival Parade awards, Library Park gazebo, following parade
• Sunday, July 27: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Antique & Classic Car Show OBPA Park Seaway Cruisers
1 p.m. – Finish Seaway Festival Duck Race Greenbelt Docks Seaway Festival Committee.