Bainbridge, NY (WBNG Binghamton) More than 1000 canoe racers and as many as 10,000 spectators will ascend on Bainbridge, NY for the 49th Annual General Clinton Canoe Regatta.
The Regatta is presented by the Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce.
It features the longest one day flat water canoe race in North America. Amateur and professional canoeists compete for cash and prizes.
The weekend starts with the Monster Energy generation gaps races. Saturday brings in the Boy and Girl Scouts from all over the Northeast.
Sunday features the ten person Grand Prix relay races from Oneonta, NY. Monday brings professional and amateur canoeists from all over the world.
They will challenge the Susquehanna River for 70 miles.
Andy Triebold and Steve LaJoie are entered to defend their title against over 50 Pro boats that are entered.
The General Clinton Park is home to the finish line, which will have much to offer for the spectators.
Friday is the Regatta Star singing competition with free parking and admission.
Saturday features kids’ day with the Ross Park Zoo Mobile, Magic Chest Magicians, and The Story Telling Puppet Theater.
The Dundee Ales and Lagers Music Festival expands to Saturday this year.
There will be a full day of country music, featuring The Jason Wicks Band, Hailey and Shawn, Driftwood, and Sundown.
There is also the 4th Annual Dan Elwood 5k Run and 1 Mile Walk for Hospice at 9 AM.
There is a $7 Carload parking charge.
Main Event Amusements will be giving away a boys and a girl’s bike on Saturday.
The day ends with a huge Firework display compliments of NBT Bank
Main Event Amusements from Syracuse, again this year, will produce the carnival.
They will be featuring pay one price ride specials all weekend.
New this year is a 40 ft. rock climbing wall!
There will also be all of your favorite midway foods.
There is also a large Craft/Flea market and chicken Bbq that will be open all weekend for your shopping and dining pleasure.
Sunday features Rock and Roll at the Dundee Ales and Lagers Music Festival, from 1 to 11 Pm.
The festival will feature five local bands, showcasing the amazing guitar playing of Randy McStine and his band.
Also taking the stage will be a reunion of Fetish Lane, a regatta favorite, Giant Steps, Seven Second and the Roundhouse Rockers.
The Catskill Garden Tractor club will be having a garden tractor pull all day starting at 9 am.
The Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce will be raffling a Hard times raffle during the regatta.
The drawing will be held Monday May 31, 2011.
The day ends with another huge firework display by American Fireworks sponsored by MeadWestvaco.
There is a $7 carload parking with no cost for admission.
Monday will conclude the regatta with the 70 mile canoe race.
The race will begin at 6 am at Otsego Lake shore in Cooperstown and will finish in Bainbridge, with the first canoes coming in approx 2 pm.
You can tune to WCDO FM101/AM1490 for the live broadcast all day.
The broadcast will provide updates at many points on the river.
There is free parking and free admission on Monday.
The Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all our loyal sponsors – NBT Bank, MeadWestvaco, Sidney Federal Credit Union, Brewery Ommegang, The Bainbridge Pharmacy, Upturn Industries, Price
Chopper, Northern Eagle Beverages, Don Marsh Nationwide Insurance, Otsego County Tourism, Dundee Ales and Lagers, Plexicomm, Budweiser, and WCDO AM/FM.
Information on directions, hours, event info, race entries, and any other information is available on our website www.canoeregatta.org.