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Tugboat Roundup draws tens of thousands for a celebration of Erie Canal

Tugboats from across the state will convene on Watervliet this weekend for a three-day celebration of tugboats and the Erie Canal.

Tugboats from across the state will convene on Watervliet this weekend for a three-day celebration of tugboats and the Erie Canal.

— “We have quite a range of music, from basic folk music to Zydeco to an easy Rock ‘n Roll nonstop all the way through Sunday afternoon,” Beardsley said.

Beardsley added that the roundup piques the interest of a wide range of people.

“For those interested in engines, it’s amazing. For those interested in boats, it tantalizes that curiosity. And for those interested in travel on the canal system and seeing the boats come around the bend, pass by and disappear to some other destination that is left to our imagination.”

It all starts on Friday, Sept. 6, at 2:45 p.m. when the boats leave the Port of Albany to make their way to the Waterford Harbor. The boats are scheduled to arrive in Waterford beginning at 5 p.m. The band All Night Long will play on the Grand Erie tugboat at 8 p.m. Festivities continue Saturday, Sept. 7, and Sunday, Sept. 8. Fireworks will go off at 8 p.m. on Saturday night.

For a complete schedule of events, visit tugboatroundup.com.

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