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Historic Rowing Race Makes A Comeback During Riverfest

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!
Mutual-Rowers-photo-Buffalo-NY.jpg^ 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

Written by WCPerspective


Buffalo and development junkie currently exiled in California.

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