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April 25, 2020 - 8:46am
posted by Billie Owens in COVID-19, Le Roy, Oatka Festival, news.

Press release:

The 2020 Oatka Festival in Le Roy has been cancelled for this year.

Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, the need for social distancing, and our concern for the health of the community, vendors, volunteers, and attendees we have decided to cancel the Oatka Festival for 2020.

We are in the process of contacting vendors and those who have donated.

Next year’s Oatka Festival is scheduled for July 17 and 18, 2021.

Thank you,

Committee of Oatka Festival

July 14, 2019 - 1:27pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy, Oatka Festival, video.
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July 13, 2019 - 10:20pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Oatka Festival, oatka parade, parade, video, Le Roy.
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July 15, 2018 - 10:54am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy, Oatka Festival, parades, news.













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July 16, 2017 - 1:15pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Oatka Festival, Le Roy, news.

High, fast waters of the Oatka Creek are forcing organizers to run the annual Duck Derby a little differently this year.

Instead of floating the rubber duckies across the water, from the west bank to the east bank, volunteers will blow the ducks down the road with leaf blowers.

The Duck Derby, a fundraiser for both the Oatka Festival and a local charity, will take place at 5 p.m.

July 15, 2017 - 10:49pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy, Oatka Festival, parade, news, notify.

















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July 16, 2016 - 10:10pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Oatka Festival, parade, Le Roy, news.


It was a perfect day for a parade in Le Roy and the annual Oatka Festival Parade went off without a hitch.

One of the highlights of the parade was the performance by the Preston Scout House Band, of Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, which closed out the parade (top photo and bottom three photos, with more in the slide show).














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June 29, 2016 - 3:00pm

The 2016 Oatka Festival Regatta Information is Sunday, July 17th, at 2 p.m. at the Oatka Creek Bank on Wolcott Street in Le Roy. For registration: You may bring your boat the day of the event. Registration/check in table will open at 12:30 p.m. on the creek bank. Cost: $15 per person. Please make checks payable to Oatka Festival and mail to: Sam Vagg, 72 North St., Le Roy, NY 14482. The deadline to register is July 8th.

Please mail payment, the completed team registration form, the 2016 Oatka Festival regatta application, statement of physical condition, and waiver & release of liability form for EACH MEMBER OF YOUR TEAM. All documents are available for download at: http://www.oatkafestival.org/. Please register your team together.

Please contact Sam Vagg at [email protected] with any questions. The Regatta Steering Committee reserves the right to close registration due to volume of registrants.

July 18, 2015 - 7:34pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy, Oatka Festival, parade.













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July 21, 2014 - 12:38am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy, Oatka Festival, duck derby.

Chapter 193 of the Vietnam Veterans of America sponsored the 25th annual Duck Derby in Le Roy today, with an assist from the Le Roy Volunteer Fire Department.

Luke Gottsi won. Rich Noble, second, and Jerry Castantino, third.

July 20, 2014 - 8:22am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy, Oatka Festival, parades.

Big crowd and lots of great community spirit were on display Saturday during the annual Oatka Festival Parade, followed by fun and games at the festival in Trigon Park.

The biggest cheers of the parade went up when the Class of 1984 came through and the announcers said among the things the class supports is saving Frost Ridge, and then again when the Save Frost Ridge group itself came through the parade (above).

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June 16, 2014 - 3:20pm
posted by Billie Owens in events, Le Roy, Oatka Festival.
Event Date and Time: 
July 19, 2014 - 10:00am to July 20, 2014 - 6:00pm

Join us for the 26th Annual Oatka Festival! It will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 19-20 on the banks of the Oatka Creek in Le Roy.

  • Kick-off with the Parade: Saturday, July 19, at 11 a.m.
  • Wrap-up with the Duck Derby: Sunday, July 20, at  5 p.m.

Find us on Facebook and Twitter for updates! Or on the Web:

oatkafestival.org <http://oatkafestival.org>

July 19, 2013 - 5:11pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy, Oatka Festival.

Here are the final, official Le Roy Duck Derby results, sponsored by Chapter 193 of the Vietnam Veterans of America.

  1. Miley Stalica – Bergen, $500
  2. Paul Senger -- $100
  3. Nicole Kochmanski -- $50
  4. Bob Dash – Byron, 2 raft rides on the Salmon River, Pulaski from Adventure Calls Outfitters, Le Roy
  5. Pete Lang – Le Roy, 1 family membership to Seneca Park Zoo
  6. R. Puleo – Batavia, 2 complimentary visits to Le Roy Chiropractic
  7. Devon Sczudlo – LeRoy, 1 free detail service from Castilone Chrysler/Dodge/ Jeep in Batavia
  8. David Zinni – Batavia, $50 gift card from “Park Avenue Pub and Restaurant,” Rochester
  9. Colin Graham – Le Roy, 2 complimentary day passes to Darien Lake
  10. Ken Sovocool – Batavia, 1 Family Fun Pack to the Rochester Museum & Science Center
  11. Dan Murphy – Henrietta, 2 rounds of golf at “The Club on Silver Lake”
  12. Korey Wallace – Stafford, 2 rounds of miniature golf at Terry Hills Golf Course in Batavia
  13. Mary Humphry – Le Roy, 2 rounds of miniature golf at Terry Hills Golf Course in Batavia
  14. Laura Carli – Le Roy, 2 rounds of miniature golf at Terry Hills Golf Course in Batavia
  15. Hunter Russell – Le Roy, 2 rounds of miniature golf at Terry Hills Golf Course in Batavia
  16. Ray Mancuso – Le Roy, 2 complimentary tickets for 2 adults on the steamship “The Maid of the Mist" in Niagara Falls
  17. Jamie Carli – Le Roy, 1 family pass for 2 adults and 3 children at the N.Y. Museum of Transportation
  18. Giacovelli – 2 courtesy day passes at the Genesee Country Museum
  19. Tom Boss – Warsaw, 1 Buffalo/Sabres Yearbook Autographed by #21 Drew Stafford
  20. Chad Corant – Le Roy, laser signed photos of Buffalo Bills # 28 C.J.
    Spiller and #99 Marcell Darius
  21. Rick Scott – Le Roy, autographed photo of Kyle Gibson of the Rochester Red Wings
  22. Bryan Osborne – Le Roy, $20 gift card for City Slickers Bar & Grill in Batavia
  23. Jim Murphy – Le Roy, $15 gift certificate for the POK-A-DOT restaurant in Batavia
  24. Molly O’Geen – Le Roy, 1 medium pizza, chesse and 1 topping at Big Paulie's Pizza in Batavia
  25. Dave Tyler – Le Roy, 1 medium pizza, cheese and 1 topping at Big Paulie's Pizza in Batavia
  26. Dave Watson – 2 paperback books from Present Tense books and gifts in Batavia
  27. Sawyer McNish – Le Roy, for the last place duck, a $10 gift certificate for Applebee's restaurant and $10 cash
July 15, 2013 - 11:29am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy, Oatka Festival.

Jack Mayer, of Le Roy, gets his hand waxed by Lisa McCombs, owner of Wax Hands by Unique Creations, during the second day of the Oatka Festival on Sunday.

Tom McQuaig creates an airbrushed T-shirt.

Preparation for the annual Duck Derby across Oatka Creek. 

Duck racing fans.

The winner selected. We don't have information yet on who won.

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July 13, 2013 - 11:39pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy, Oatka Festival, parades.

Photos from Saturday's Oatka Festival Parade.

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July 15, 2012 - 10:00am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy, Oatka Festival, parades.

Saturday was a perfect day for a parade in one of the region's best venues for marching bands and floats, the Village of Le Roy.

Here are photos from yesterday's 2012 Oatka Festival Parade.

The festival continues today until 6 p.m.  The annual duck derby race is at 5 p.m.

If you're unable to view the slide show, click here.

Prints of these photos are available for purchase by clicking here.

July 14, 2012 - 7:19am
posted by Jamie VanWyngaarden in Le Roy, Oatka Festival.

Le Roy's perhaps biggest annual event opens today and runs through tomorrow.

It's time again for the Oatka Festival.

The festival is celebrating its 24th year. Since its start in 1989, it has become a community event that fuses fun, food, and entertainment with a friendly, family, small-town feel.

The festival site opens 10 a.m. each day, but the true kick-off is at 11 a.m. on Saturday with the highly anticipated annual parade.

Other activities include an arts and craft show, Back Yard Circus, live entertainment, musical talents such as The Good Knights and KnightnGals, fishing and duck derbies, 50/50 raffle, a library book sale, bounce house, rock wall, and more.

In addition to the festival events, the community comes alive with many other activities. A triathlon, 30K bike race, and a 5K walk/run will fill early morning hours both days.

Le Roy Farm Market will be on Saturday at Wolcott Street with a variety of healthy foods available for purchase.

The Le Roy House and Jell-O Gallery will be open for visitors throughout the weekend with free tours and a chance to try a Jell-O Poke Cake made by Scratch Bakery.

Also, the community uses the popularity of the festival as an opportunity to raise awareness for their organizations. Some groups specially design floats for the parade, and others hold various fundraisers to support their cause.

The Le Roy Nursery School, celebrating 50 years, is one such group who has a yearly yard sale to fund the school.

 "Le Roy Nursery School has a long history of educating children in Genesee County, and we depend on our fundraisers like the Oatka Festival Yard Sale to keep the school going throughout the year," said Heidi Dominiak, treasurer for the school year 2012-2013.

Household and children’s items, small furniture, and sports trading cards are some of things found at this year's sale. All funds raised go directly back into the school.

The sale will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at 5 E. Main St., next to the First Baptist Church. More information can be found at www.leroynurseryschool.com.

Another organization, the Knights of Columbus, is hosting an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday, July 15. All money raised will benefit local charities.

This year is also Le Roy's Bicentennial. The town's quilt will be available for those who want to be one of 200 to take part in painting a square for it.

More information about the festival can be found at oatkafestival.org.

July 17, 2011 - 11:36am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy, Oatka Festival.

It was a beautiful day for a parade and festival in Le Roy on Saturday, and the entire parade route was jammed with people and the festival grounds were grounded.

Those who attended were treated to some real community spirit, great music, fantastic food and lots of fun.

UPDATE: I'm experimenting with an application that allows me to publish slide shows of photos. I'm hoping it will both be easier than my current message and improve the viewing experience. Below, you should see what looks like a video player. You can click through the photos individually, or on the lower right there's a button to open the slide show in full-screen mode, allowing you can see larger versions of the photos (which is part of my goal). I'm curious how this works for people.

July 17, 2010 - 8:24pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in photos, Le Roy, parade, Oatka Festival.


Another summer weekend, another parade in Genesee County. This one in the photogenic setting of the Village of Le Roy for the Oatka Festival.




More pictures after the jump:

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