Autumn activities abound this weekend in Oswego County

For the autumn-minded, there's no shortage of fun and exciting events this weekend in Oswego County.

OSWEGO — With the autumn season in full swing, this upcoming weekend is packed with events and activities around Oswego County.

The following are details on some of the offerings available this first weekend of October:

SUNY Oswego Homecoming

Friday, Oct. 4 - Saturday, Oct. 5

Multiple locations, Oswego

SUNY Oswego welcomes back its far-flung family for Homecoming 2019. The two-day celebration consists of more than a dozen events around Oswego including a performance by the Squonk Opera presented by ARTSwego today at noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. and the SUNY Oswego Athletic Hall of Fame induction dinner tomorrow night. For a full list of events, visit alumni.oswego.edu.

CNY Great Pumpkin Festival

Saturday, Oct. 5 - Sunday, Oct. 6.

11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Washington Square Park,

Oswego

The popular fall festival takes over the east side’s Washington Square Park for an annual celebration of fall. Giant pumpkins, food and craft vendors, games, rides and fun for the whole family.

Oswego Fire Department Fall Open House & Safety Day

Saturday, Oct. 5

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Oswego Fire Department, 35 E. Cayuga St., Oswego

The Oswego Fire Department kicks off National Fire Prevention Week with an open house and safety day expo. This year’s NFPW week theme is “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” The campaign works to educate everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.

Breast Cancer Awareness Human Pink Ribbon

Saturday, Oct. 5

9 a.m. – noon

CNY Community Arts Center, 121 Cayuga St., Fulton

As part of its recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness the Cancer Services Program of the North Country will host its annual Human Pink Ribbon event. The event will feature a Pink Parade at 9:30 a.m., and the formation of the human pink ribbon at 10:45 a.m. The Upstate Mobile Mammogram unit will also be on site providing free breast screenings to eligible women by appointment. To make an appointment call the Cancer Services Program at 315-592-0830.  

Oswego County Property Tax Auction

Saturday, Oct. 5

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., auction starts at 10 a.m.

Mexico High School, 3338 Main St., Mexico

More than 100 tax-foreclosed properties will be up for auction. All negotiations and auctioneering will be conducted by Schenectady County-based Collar City Auctions. In 2017, the county Legislature moved to speed up foreclosure processes on most properties from four years down to two years. Agricultural properties remain in a four-year foreclosure process.

8th Annual Bridie Manor MS Poker Walk

Saturday, Oct. 5

9:30 a.m.

Bridie Manor, 1830 Bridie Manor Sq., Oswego

Organized by Multiple Sclerosis Resources of CNY, this fun, charitable event sees walkers given a playing card at designated stops along the route through the city of Oswego. Walkers with the best poker hand at the end were able to win several prizes. Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system affecting the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves, according to the National MS Society.

Renaissance Ball

Saturday, Oct. 5

8-11 p.m.

The American Foundry, 246 W. Seneca St., Oswego

Mayor Billy Barlow hosts the annual Oswego Renaissance Association’s Renaissance Ball with this year’s theme dubbed “Superheroes and Villains.” The ORA is a Port City non-profit that provides support and matching grants to homeowners seeking to improve their neighborhoods.

Indoor garage sale

Saturday, Oct. 5

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

American Legion, 69 W. Bridge St., Oswego

A large variety of goods, items and knick-knacks will be for sale to support the Oswego County SPCA.

GO BUCS 5k

Sunday, Oct. 6

Noon

Oswego High School, 1 Buccaneer Blvd., Oswego

The fourth annual GO BUCKS 5k welcomes all individuals, families, sports teams and communities members for a fun, timed race with awards for top age group finishers.  Proceeds go to support the Buccaneer Boosters and Oswego City School District athletics.

Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, Oct. 6

10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Church of the Resurrection, West Fifth and Cayuga streets, Oswego

In observance of St. Francis Day, the Church of the Resurrection will offer a Blessing of the Animals. The blessing, conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s “love for all creatures,” will take place at 10 a.m. inside the church and 2 p.m. on the front lawn. All animal companions, properly restrained, are welcome for either blessing. For more, see resoswego.org/events.

Kingsford Park playground fundraiser

Friday, Oct. 4

5-8 p.m.

Oswego Middle School

The Kingsford Park Elementary School Home and School Association will hold a walk-a-thon is open to all community members and will include food trucks and tents, inflatables, games, music and more. Officials are recommending warm-weather clothing.

Students and supporters have been circulating pledge forms to collect cash to finance the installation of swingsets at the KPS playground, removed during a recent renovation. The swingset project is “phase two” of the park upgrades, officials said, which is slated to also include multi-spinner merry-go-round, stepping pods and a trekking trail rope bridge.

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