The Tugboat Roundup!
What a year this will be. The 200th anniversary of the groundbreaking for the Erie Canal and we are full into nearly a decade of bicentennial celebrations.
The Roundup is proud to be a part of and to illustrate the history of our waterways as a family oriented festival along the "Waterford Wall" at the eastern gateway to the Erie Canal.
Details are coming together and we expect to have the best year, yet.
We'll be celebrating the bicentennial of the canals all weekend long, too! Look for special activities and exhibits about this - to be announced soon.
The 2017 poster will be out in a couple of months, but you can still download a copy of the 2016 Tugboat Roundup poster. It looks like this. To download a full size PDF of the Poster, click here.
Our Sponsors reflect the value of this event and we are proud to be supported by industry sponsors from major towing companies to trade press. Our local sponsors include the best companies in the region. Please be sure to check them out on our Sponsor page.
The Roundup, always the weekend after Labor Day (September 8 - 10), will have everything you've grown to expect and more. The music, the incredible fireworks, the food, the displays, the craft vendors and artists. Don't forget the boat show and the Farmer's Market, too! The souvenir sellers will be there. The "Line Toss" and all the kid's activities.
And, of course, the boats. Because it's really all about the boats, after all!
Registration will open soon for vendors and will be open for tugs, workboats, fireboats, barges, dayboats and more in the next couple of months or so. Check the menu to the left for registration forms.
Can't wait to see you at the Roundup!
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And always, thank those great sponsors we have!
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 Tugboat Roundup Schedule for a good sampling on what happens during the Roundup. The detailed 2017 Schedule will be published in July.
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.
We expect to see a lot of boats this year, possibly breaking a record. On the wall be most of the regulars and some old friends we haven't seen in a long time. Look for more boats, some which haven't been at this event, yet!
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.