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Inaugural Head of the Buffalo

Boston has the Head of the Charles regatta, and now Buffalo has the Head of the Buffalo regatta.

The Head of the Charles is one of the most highly anticipated rowing events in the country. People travel from far and wide to participate in the regatta, which seconds as a huge celebratory party.

Now that the Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association has been firmly planted along the Buffalo River, headquartered at the Patrick J. Paladino Memorial Boathouse, it has been deemed the perfect time to build upon the energy of the Boston regatta, by establishing a regatta of our own (during the same weekend).

Ohio Street is the perfect spot for a regatta with coinciding festival. There’s plenty of room to stage the rowers, with a couple of parks nearby, and then there’s RiverWorks, Silo City, The Barrel Factory, etc. Not to mention all of the new attractions that are on the way, including indoor bouldering.

The Head of the Buffalo will feature a 4,000-meter curved course on the Buffalo River – rowers will get a chance to view the industrial grain elevators and the new builds that are starting to pop up along the shore. The race will showcase high school, collegiate, open, and masters rowers, as well as a We Can Row category for female cancer survivors.

This is a big deal for Buffalo on a lot of accounts. It’s a chance to show off our waterfront, and recent developments, including the new boathouse. It’s a chance to create a brand new waterfront festival, dedicated to the history, and the future of rowing in Buffalo.

Head of the Buffalo

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Racing will kick off at 9 a.m. sharp and end at approximately 2 p.m.

Crews from Buffalo, Rochester, and Erie will be among the competitors

The Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association (BSRA) is located at 405 Ohio Street along the Buffalo River

For more information, visit, follow the organization on Facebook for frequent updates

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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