A celebration marking the 106th anniversary of Collier’s Dam and the creation of Goodyear Lake will be celebrated with a festival on Saturday.
Festivities will be held from 10 a.m. to dark. Daytime activities will take place at Krol Field at Lakeshore Drive South in Milford. The event is open to the public and co-sponsored by the Goodyear Lake Association and the Goodyear Polar Bear Jump.
The festival celebrates natural resources: The lake, the land and the spirit of community. Local organizations, including the Milford Rotary, Milford Legion and Milford Library will have booths. The National Kidney Foundation will sponsor a booth offering free blood pressure readings and finger stick glucose checks along with information on how hypertension and diabetes affect kidney function.
There will be games and activities for children and adults throughout the day, including art and environmental activities by the Oneonta World of Learning – a museum without walls.
At 10:15 a.m. the Goodyear Lake Polar Bear Jump will host a 5k Walk/Run (registration beginning at 9), with all fees to benefit the Goodyear Lake Polar Bear Jump fund, an organization dedicated to helping children, individuals and organizations in need. For more information, contact Melissa at 286-9879.
There will be a Classic Car Parade and Show featuring classic cars owned by Milford residents. A Children’s Parade will celebrate the joy of summer fun for children. This year Kimberly More of Saddle Up will offer hand-led horse rides to also benefit The Polar Bear Jump.
There will be exhibits and demonstrations featuring the Otsego County Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners, Allied Biological, Otsego County Conservation Association and Otsego County Soil and Water. There will be displays of locally made products providing an opportunity to see some new local small businesses that are reminiscent of the spirit of entrepreneurship.
The day will also be filled with music and dance. Randy’s Harp Tones will perform, along with the band, Country Express. Food, beverages and ice cream will be available throughout the day as well as vendors featuring crafts and collectibles.
Evening will bring a lighted boat parade around the lake and the day will end with gala fireworks by “Majestic” sparkling over the lake. All Festival events are open to the public.
Goodyear Lake was formed 106 years ago with the construction of Collier’s Dam on the Susquehanna River, a National Historic River Trail. Collier’s Dam is one of the earliest and still operating hydroelectric dams in New York state. The Goodyear Lake Association was formed in 1921 and this year celebrates 92 years of caring for the lake and the land and fostering a sense of community. In recent years the group has been actively involved in protecting the quality of the water by working to remove invasive species from the lake. The association was awarded grants from the state to assist in those efforts. State grants administered through OCCA will also help develop a public launch site and educational walkway on state Route 28 in Portlandville.
The Goodyear Lake Association is also funding a study of the lake and its watershed being conducted by the State University College at Oneonta Biological Field Station. Information on the study will be available at the Festival.
A full schedule of the day’s events, map, and additional information may be found at www.goodyearlakeny.org.