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24th Annual Central NY Tomatofest

September 12-13, 2009 

Emerson Park on Owasco Lake
Rt 38A
Auburn, NY

All day both days

Since its inception in 1986, TomatoFest has raised over $275,000 and collected thousands of canned goods to aid in feeding the hungry through donations to several food related agencies.
The first “festival”, only a few hours long on a Sunday afternoon, was created to bring the community together and provide a public venue for not-for-profit organizations. A few hundred people turned out, and when all was said and done a small profit was realized. From there the festival has grown to a two-day event, with over 13,000 in attendance over the weekend. People from all over Central New York come to enjoy the great food, music, crafts, and entertainment for the whole family.
The name TomatoFest was selected because the festival is held at the end of the tomato season, and the thought of canning or “putting up” the harvest reflected the support of local food agencies.
A volunteer Board of Directors provides their services throughout the year, striving to make each festival a memorable event for everyone who attends. This year’s festival will be bigger and better than ever. The weekend event has expanded this year to include a dance on Friday night. The cooking contest is back again with great prizes, and a third stage has been added for music and entertainment throughout the weekend.

Check the website for food vendors and entertainment.


Posted: Thursday, August 27th, 2009 @ 5:54 pm by Lynn
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The Great Race XXXII
The 32nd annual Captain Myles Keogh Paddle, Wheel & Run 

Run, Bike, and Paddle
(Canoe or Kayak)
Team Relay Races

 On August 9, 2009 at 9:30 AM…
we renew Central New York’s tradition of fun, competition, and celebration:  Emerson Park
Auburn, NY

The Great Race in Auburn, New York, also known as the Captain Myles Keogh Paddle, Wheel, & Run, will mark its 32nd year in 2009. Five distinct Run, Bike, and Paddle (either canoe or kayak) Team Triathlon Relay races will begin at 9:30 A.M. on the second Sunday of August at Emerson Park, on Owasco Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes region.
The feature event, also known as the Traditional Canoe Race, is a relay of 4 person teams. It begins with a 10k run on county roads and the streets of Auburn. After finishing, runners hand off to their cycling teammate who then completes a course of about 19 challenging miles on country (all paved) roads. The cyclist then hands off to one canoe teammate who runs to the beach at Auburn’s Emerson Park (about 400 yards) where his canoe and canoe partner await. The canoers then complete an out and back 4 mile sprint course on Owasco Lake to try to earn the coveted title of Great Race Champion.
 The Traditional Race is joined by the newer, popular Short Canoe Race, where 4 person teams compete similarly with a 5k run, 10 mile bike, and 2 mile canoe . We also include a Tandem race, for two person teams, on the Traditional Course only (Sorry, this is a team race. There is no solo division).

Also, there are kayak team races on both the Short and Traditional courses consisting of 3 person teams (runner, biker, 1 kayaker). Although all teams race together, the kayak and canoe teams are scored separately in their own divisions.
Each year the Great Race attracts participants of all ages and abilities, from elite athletes to people for whom the Great Race is the only event they do. We cater to every level of athlete.

 Following the race, the annual post race Capt. Myles Keogh Celebration is a much anticipated area summer event. (1) All racers and volunteers are treated to a complimentary lunch, wholesome refreshments and an entertaining live band all within the setting of beautiful Emerson Park. Along with the racers, many area spectators and “summer fun enthusiasts” are always on hand to join in the fun. Each year we strive to make race day a memorable, fun experience that will keep people coming back year after year.

Last Minute Registration

You can:
1. Enter Online until 5PM Friday the 7th.
2. Enter in person at the Great Race office (at the Auburn YMCA, 29 William St.), M-F 10 AM to 5PM, Sat 9AM to 1PM.
3. Enter race day morning at Emerson Park, 7AM to 9AM


Posted: Thursday, August 6th, 2009 @ 5:32 pm by Lynn
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Syracuse Symphony Orchestra Summer Concert Presented by National Grid

Wed July 29th
7 pm

Emerson Park
6914 Owasco Road
Auburn, NY 13021

Hear the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra in your neighborhood this summer! Summertime with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, presented by National Grid, will feature patriotic favorites…


Posted: Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 @ 8:09 pm by Lynn
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Welcome to TomatoFest 2008 Auburn, NY Emerson Park

September 6—7, 2008 Emerson Park on Owasco Lake, Auburn, NY
Our 23rd festival promises to be the very best. Come and enjoy Owasco Lake’s Emerson Park and the many delicious foods and wines of Central New York’s Finger Lakes Region. Great food, entertainment, contests, and crafts in a gorgeous setting to suit anyone’s fancy!  TomatoFest

Friday Night Kick-off Dance
Central New York’s TomatoFest is bringing a new event to the 2008 Festival! This year’s festival has been extended to include a Friday night TomatoFest Kick-off Dance.
Who:  Music by the Joe Whiting Band
What:  TomatoFest Kick-off Dance
Where:  Main Pavilion at Emerson Park
When:  Friday, September 5, 2008; 8-11 pm

Cost is only $5.00 per person. All proceeds benefit area food pantries.
Raffle prizes have been donated by TomatoFest Craft and Commercial vendors—you could be a winner!
Parking is FREE.  
Tomato Recipe Cook-off
As part of the bigger and better Tomatofest 2008, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County is coordinating a Tomato Recipe Cook-off for amateur chefs who want to showcase their favorite recipes, using fresh tomatoes.
Recipes submitted to the Tomato Recipe Cookoff must include fresh tomatoes as a major ingredient. The nutrition program at Cooperative Extension will select 8 recipes to be prepared by contestants in their licensed, commercial kitchen and judged by a panel of tasters on August 25. Prizes for the winning recipes will be awarded at TomatoFest.
1st Prize — $200 Gift Certificate – NY Wine & Culinary Center
More information can be found on the Cook-off Application Form. 

Posted: Friday, August 15th, 2008 @ 1:08 pm by Curt
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