This weekend is action packed with all sorts of waterfront events taking place, from Dragon Boat races to the Rigidized Regatta. While visitors to the waterfront will witness all sorts of fun and unusual sights, there is also a special undertaking that all should be aware of. On Sunday, the Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association (BSRA) will present the inaugural Round-the-Stake rowing race.
The race is designed to pay tribute to the legendary rowing scene in Buffalo around the turn of the century. Now, with all of the rowing advancements that we are seeing as of late, it's time to bring back some of those infamous events. "In the early 1900s, fierce competitors from Buffalo's 14 rowing clubs duked it out in the canal and Buffalo River amidst the barge and Lake traffic in Buffalo's bustling commercial port," said Meg Lauerman of the BSRA. "Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association will recreate this historic rowing race along the Buffalo River and Inner Harbor. Spectators can watch from the Canal side boardwalk to Michigan street Bridge and follow races along the Arena promenade."
Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the rowers, and while you're at it be sure to stop over to Buffalo's two newest waterfront parks - Mutual Riverfront Park and Riverfest Park. Here's the complete line-up for Riverfest, which starts today!
^ Rowing the river over 100 years ago | Mutual Rowers Club circa 1890s
Friday, June 15th
6pm - 10pm Waterfront Heritage Tent Buffalo River Fest Park
6pm-7pm "Mutuals Sprints" Buffalo River (viewing from Buffalo River Fest Park)
8pm - Midnight Urban Renewal Buffalo River Fest Park (Bandshell)
Saturday, June 16th
9am Softball Tournament Father Conway Park
11am River Regatta See info above
Noon Waterfront Walking Tour Meet at Buffalo River Fest Park
Noon - 10pm Waterfront Heritage Tent Buffalo River Fest Park
3pm - 7pm West of the Mark Band Buffalo River Fest Park (Bandshell)
8pm - Midnight Diva Show Band Buffalo River Fest Park (Bandshell)
Sunday, June 17th
10am - 1pm Family Fishing Contest Buffalo River Fest Park (Docks)
Noon - 3pm Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Buffalo River (viewing from Buffalo River Fest Park)
Club "Stake Races"
1pm-3pm Landslide Buffalo River Fest Park (Bandshell)
3:30pm-5:30pm Nick Battistella "Sinatra & More" Buffalo River Fest Park (Bands