July 22-23, 2017

Willow Bay (Onondaga Lake Park)

About the Event

Two full days rowing, kayak and paddleboard competition, food, water entertainers, and music amidst an onshore festival.

Athletes will compete in a nostalgic regatta – master rowers in a USRowing Registered Regatta, plus corporate teams and individual kayakers and paddleboarders. Live mermaids, on-water entertainment, cooking competitions, live music, a kids zone with rides, entertainers and more, all in a free, relaxed, shady, lakeside venue. Or, for those who want a more upscale experience, a paid-ticketed area with all-day food and drink, and clambake at 5 p.m. Saturday.

An unforgettable day of competition, fun & excitement

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The 2nd Annual Onondaga Cup is now open for registration. The two day regatta will host corporate sponsored, masters, open and junior rowing teams as well as independent kayakers (competitive & recreational) and paddle boarders (competitive & recreational) and they will compete over the two day event. The kayaking and paddle board races are open to anyone over age 18. Registration is first come, first serve basis.


The Corporate Rowing League runs from the end of May through the middle of July and will be culminated with the July 22/23 Onondaga Cup & LakeFest. Any organization, company, school, church, or other affiliated group can participate. No experience necessary. For seven weeks, once per week, teams spend time learning and improving the rowing stroke from the ground level.

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The CHARGERS recognizes the need that employers have to promote teamwork, health, wellness and camaraderie among their employees. The Corporate program was created to provide companies with an opportunity to learn and apply these skills in the context of Olympic style rowing on our beautiful Onondaga Lake and surrounding waters.


On June 21, 1952, the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Regatta was held on Onondaga Lake for the first time. For the previous 50 years, it had been hosted primarily on the Hudson River at Poughkeepsie.

The official program cost 50 cents.  In 1952 Nash Ramblers were the official regatta cars. The program included ads from Syracuse China, Schlitz Beer, Nettleton Shoes, Ballantine Beer and New Process Gear.  The program touted “Giant G-E Loudspeakers Announce Races.” They used a ship-to-shore radio communications systems from General Electric, that was valued at more than $5,000.

In June 1978, Syracuse University’s eight-man varsity crew won its first national IRA Championship in half a century in front of a hometown audience at Onondaga Lake. In the 1990s, the IRA Regatta left Onondaga Lake for Camden, N.J.


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Sponsorships ranging from title to kayak race sponsor.



Vendor Booth Opportunity

Early bird special on rates – book by Nov. 30

Brand, Sample, Sell & Meet New Customers. About 50,000 attendees. Athletes, executives, sports enthusiasts, people looking for something fun and different to do, families, festival enthusiasts, Music Lovers, Artists and Foodies.


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