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Oneida Lake WalleyeFest Derby

2022 was the last year The Lions Club held the derby which started in 1979. WalleyeFest Festival & Derby was born in early 2023 to carry on the tradition beloved by generations and thousands of Anglers. Now in its 44th year the derby will be updated, expanded, and made into a 3-day Music, Food, and vendor festival to kick-off SPRING in CNY! WalleyeFest consists of:
2-day Walleye derby with KIDS only division, Largest CASH prizes of ANY derby in NYS!
Live Music Friday & Saturday nights
Food trucks & beer tent
Outdoor Sports
Home & Outdoor show on festival grounds
In-water boat show with Demo rides.

When? May 5-7th, 2023
The festival starts Friday night at 5pm with the Weekend kickoff party @The Pier Banquet Hall Rt 37 Central Square. The festival runs on Saturday from 1000am – 1000pm and Sunday 1000am – 6pm @Lighthouse Park Rt 37, Central Square NY.

The Derby is on Oneida Lake NY. Measuring stations are located around the lake. Derby Headquarters and Festival grounds are located at Lighthouse Park, Co. Rt 37, Central Square NY. 13036

Congratulations Central Square Lioness Club

The Central Square Lioness Club was recently awarded the Oswego County Tourism Advisory Board ,  Ambassadors of the Year Award.

The entire board was on hand at the County Legislature meeting room to receive the award.

The Lioness Club has worked tirerlessly every year to bring the public a wonderful event, The Applefest, of Central Square.

Thank You Fulton Savings Bank

Please stop by Van Lieu Park on Wilson Road to see the beautiful landscaping donated by Fulton Savings Bank.  Supervisor Tony Bush said ” We are grateful to Fulton Savings Bank for this donation to  help us beautify this town park used by so many in our community.

Pictured:  Mark Bombardo, Community Development and Planning, Debra Braden, Fulton Savings Bank branch manager Central Square, Town Supervisor Tony Bush, Louella LeClair, Community Development and Tourism



Dave Bardoun Surveying Donates Services

Town of Hastings officials recently acknowledged the generosity of Dave Bardoun.  The surveying company,  bearing his name, completed the survey and mapping of the Town of Hastings Veteran Memorial Park on County Rt. 49.

“Dave’s donation is so much appreciated.  The mapping will help us with future plans for Veteran’s Park.” stated Mark Bombardo Director of Community Planning and Development.

Hastings Lighthouse open for viewing

On Friday  August 5, from 10 am to noon , and Saturday August 6, from 4 pm to 6 pm the Brewerton Rear Range Lighthouse will be a bonus site on this years Lake Ontario Lighthouse challenge. The lighthouse was built in 1917 along the Erie Canal system.   It is one of the Three Sisters used to guide navigation through Oneida Lake.

Visitors to the lighthouse will have an unique opportunity to view the inside of the structure.  No one will be allowed to climb to the top.





Central Square Fire Department Generously Allows Local Non-For-Profit use of their parking lot for weekend Barbeques

Pretty much every weekend  you can have a barbeque chicken or rib dinner at the Central Square Fire Department’s parking lot.  Local  organizations  run the event, schools clubs, sport groups, or service  organizations.  The fire department is located at the corner of Rt.49 and Rt. 11.  Upcoming barbeque  for July and August

July 16, 2016         The Masons-    Chicken and Ribs

August 6, 2016      The Masons-   Chicken and Ribs

August 14, 2016    The Booster Club-   Chicken

August 20, 2016    Marine Parents Association- Chicken


July 3 celebrations Craft show and Fireworks


3 Jul 2016 – 10:00am to 3:00pm
In conjunction with the Fireworks on the River, the Fort Brewerton/Greater  Oneida Lake Chamber will host a Craft/Vendor Show and Kid’s Zone in Brewerton during the day leading up the the Fireworks.
Vendors can download the application and return to PO Box 655, Brewerton, NY 13029
3 Jul 2016 – 9:30pm