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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

Brewerton Pier Opens


pier opening may 20 2016

May 20, 2016

Under beautiful sunny skies , the Brewerton Pier was officially opened. Hastings Town  Supervisor Tony Bush welcomed Brian Stratton  Director of New York Canal , Joanne Mahoney,  Chairwoman of the Thruway Board of Directors, Assemblyman Will Barclay, and Town of Cicero Supervisor Mark Venesky,  The Three million dollar pier replaced the old one that crumbled several years ago.  State Senator Patty Ritchie was instrumental in securing state money to help fund the project.

The Brewerton Pier is handicap accessible and will be a huge economic driver for the Town of Hastings.

pier opening ribbon cutting

Supervisor Tony Bush (Town of Hastings) and Supervisor Mark Venesky (Town of Cicero) cut the Ribbon as the state officials look on.

Happy Days Senior Luncheon

Supervisor Tony Bush addressed a large group of seniors at their monthly meeting on April 27.   Supervisor Bush talked about the many improvements going on with the Town of Hastings parks.  He also talked about the progress at the CNY Raceway.  Bush answered many questions and concerns the seniors had.  Happy Days Senior Luncheons are held at the Brewerton United Methodist Church and jointly sponsored with Divine Mercy Parish.


happy days senior lunch