The Tugboat Roundup!
We had a great time with exhibitors, arts & crafts, food, displays, a boat show, kid's events, tours of boats and boat tours, music all weekend and lots of boats.
Our Saturday night fireworks are legend - 32 minutes long this year!
There are clowns and face-painters. Watch a puppet show, take a ride on a pony or jump in the bouncy bounce.
Tugboats will face-off on Saturday and Sunday, competing with raw strength and piloting skills. Deckhands will toss heavy lines and "show you how it's done."
There are tour boat rides on the Hudson and through the locks.*
And then - the Saturday night Fireworks.
Free admission to the entire event. See our full 2013 Tugboat Roundup Schedule for a good sampling on what happens during the Roundup.
This is family fun; a fully entertaining festival in the Capital District and a great way to kick off a real " I Love New York" fall.
Boats this year include: The Tug of the Year, C.L. Churchill, Lois McClure, Tug Urger, Tender Tug 3, Betty June, Ceres,
Tug Buffalo, Callisto, 8th Sea, Aloha, Cheyenne, Anny W, Grand Erie, Margot, Frances, Atlantic Hunter II, Dragonfly, Cornell, Penn. RR Barge, Lisa Ann, Mame Fay, and Tug 44.
For one weekend each year, Waterford’s historic waterfront is transformed back into a rendering of its commercial heyday during which names like Godfrey, Coyne, Bushey, Matton, Kehoe, and Cowles figured so prominently. Tugs new and old moor stem to stern for adulation and education, enchanting the young and reminding the young at heart of days gone by.
The event is produced annually the Town of Waterford and supported by many generous corporate sponsors. Always held the weekend after Labor Day, the festival has grown steadily and attracts thousands of people to this sleepy canal town in the heart of upstate New York’s Capital Region. In addition to tours of the vessels and other displays, there is an ample supply of music, food, children’s activities, vendors, boat rides, fireworks, and family fun.
The Waterford Tugboat Roundup – where maritime history comes alive.