For one weekend each year, Waterford, New York’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.