“This was really fun,” said Eichenlaub, 13, of Elmira Heights. “I started cross-country last year. I wasn’t expecting to get that time.”
The children’s parade came through Krol Field around noon. More than a dozen children on decorated bicycles, lawn tractors and strollers carried balloons and waved as zydeco music played.
“The theme of the parade this year is ‘Let the Good (year) Times Roll,”’ said event coordinator Francine Stayter. “This is my fourth year doing this and we have a great deal of enthusiasm. It is an old tradition to celebrate the end of summer. The children parade around the lake with their wagons and bikes and even lawn tractors decorated. That way residents who may not be able to get to the field can participate. We have 200 families who are part of the Goodyear Lake Association.”
The event featured several exhibits and demonstrations including Otsego County Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners, Allied Biological, Otsego County Conservation Association and Otsego County Soil and Water.
A classic car parade and show encouraged Milford classic car collectors to show off their wheels. Several local collectors participated.
There was live music most of the day, with Randy’s Harp Tones performing in the morning and Country Express scheduled for the afternoon. Several vendors sold hamburgers, drinks and ice cream.
Commercial vendors joined nonprofit organizations under tents full of information, activities and merchandise.
In the evening, a lighted boat parade was held around the lake and fireworks by Majestic lit the lake in colorful sparkles.
“Our fireworks are spectacular,” Stayter said. “We shoot them off over the lake and, because we are in a bowl of sorts, the sound echoes all around the lake.”
According to Stayter, Collier’s Dam is one of the earliest hydroelectric dams still in operation in New York. Goodyear Lake was formed 106 years ago with the construction of Collier’s Dam on the Susquehanna River and Goodyear Lake Association was formed in 1921.