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Saturday, May 18th 2024

Join us for the 15th Annual
South Otselic Fishing & Heritage Day

In partnership with the South Otselic Fish Culture Station and Gladding Braided Products, LLC, the Otselic Valley Fishing & Heritage Association (OVF&HA) is proud to announce its fifteenth annual Fishing & Heritage Day will be held on Saturday, May 18th, from 9am to 4pm in the hamlet of South Otselic. Fishing & Heritage Day will include many popular activities as well as new offerings at the State Fish Hatchery, the Otselic Town Park, and other locations within the hamlet. Some of this year's plans include:

Friday, May 17th:

Georgetown Fire Department

Friday, May 17th at 4:30 - 6pm

Fish Fry, Proceeds to benefit the Fire Department. Located 10 miles north of S. Otselic at intersection of St Hwys 26 and 80. Take-out ONLY.

Saturday, May 18th:

Multiple Locations in Town


OVCS Band starts marching at 9 am, ending up in the park at 10 am.

3pm Duck Derby
at the Gorge Creek Bridge

1st place: $200, 2nd place: $100, 3rd place: $50

Tickets for each duck are $5, please email Andrea Lehmann at ALehman@ovcs.org to purchase a ticket.

Proceeds to benefit the OV FFA and the OVF&HA.

State Fish Hatchery (1)


Fish rearing tanks, aquarium and special exhibits.

Various environmental, conservation and historical non-profit organizations will be set up in front of the hatchery building with their displays and information.

11am and 2pm

Haudenosaunee Programs: Educator Jessica Farmer from the Oneida Nation will tell stories and conduct two hands-on workshops on making Corn Husk Dolls.


Haudenosaunee Programs: Oneida singers and dancers will perform and provide cultural context to the social, explain the traditional origins and uses of each instrument used, discuss Haudenosaunee regalia, explain the origin and purpose of Social Dances, and encourage the crowd to participate in each dance.


Haudenosaunee Programs: Renowned Mohawk basket maker, Robin Lazore, and her two daughters, will demonstrate the construction of ash baskets.


Workshops by local artists Adam Schmidt and Rachel Conley, supplies and seating available to paint along! All ages welcome. Seating limited.

Some of these programs are made possible with public funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and administered by The Earlville Opera House.

Fishing Pond (2)

9am-11:30am and 12:30pm - 3pm

Fishing Clinics

11:30am and 3pm

Fishing Prizes Announced

Young anglers are invited to try their hand at fishing in one of the NY State’s Fish Hatchery ponds in South Otselic that is specially stocked with trout.

There is no fee or fishing license required and bait is provided. You may bring your own pole or use one provided by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Fisheries staff and Trout Unlimited volunteers will be available to instruct and assist. People under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Town Park & Town Hall (3)


Arts, crafts, antiques and food vendors. Free cornhole gaming available.


Oneida artifact exhibit, Grace Brown exhibit with information from domestic violence programs such as Amelia's Voice and The Help Restore Hope Center.


Dan “The Snake Man” will have an exhibit of live snakes and reptiles.


The Realtime Dixieland Band will be performing, bringing over 10 years of entertaining local audiences.


The Cadleys will be performing, one of the most popular acoustic bands in the Northeast.

Some of these programs are made possible with public funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and administered by The Earlville Opera House.

Valley View Cemetery (4)


Mike Foor-Pessin and Paul Haggerty will lead a guided tour of the cemetery that will highlight Grace Brown’s life at the beginning of the 20th century.

Center of Town (5)


Valley Busters 4-H Club: Small farm animals, snow cones and children's activities.


Tractor Show Parade.


Display of antique tractors and "hit 'n miss" engines.


Four County Library Bookmobile

The Sunshine Shop (6)


Thrift shop offering clothes and small household items.

Murray's Pizza (7)


Check Murray's Pizza Website for the latest specials.

Gladding Braided Products (8)


Gladding's vintage rope-braiding machine.

First Baptist Church


Savage Carvings will be demonstrating and selling wildlife chainsaw carvings. A 3.5’ Bear Carving will be raffled to benefit OVF&HA. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20, and will be available event Day at the welcome tent, or can be purchased in advance by sending a check to OVF&HA, P.O. Box 113, South Otselic, NY 13155

Otselic Valley Grange #1398 (9)


"Women clothing a Nation- one family at a time": an exhibit with vintage looms, spinning wheels and sewing machines. Bake sale and quilt show.

11am until done

Barbecue beef luncheon.

South Otselic Fire Department (10)

11am until done

Open House and chicken barbeque (takeout).


The Chenango County Sheriff's Office will be conducting the Safe Child ID program at the Fire Hall.

US Postal Service (11)


Pictorial cancellation postmark commemorating this year's Fishing & Heritage Day. This special postmark will be available at the Post Office in South Otselic for 30 days only.

Otselic Valley Central School (12)


Student Art Show

Event Information

Brochures can be found at the event. A FREE, ongoing shuttle bus (small school bus) will be making continuous rounds between the fishing clinic pond, the hatchery, the town park, the school/grange, etc.

Event Date

Saturday, May 18th 2024

Event Time


Event Location

South Otselic, NY

Postal stamp artwork by Rachel Conley. Above event photography by Plum Valley Photography and others.

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