Simon and Garfunkel (and later, The Bangles) used springtime to describe the beginning of the life cycle in the song The Hazy Shade of Winter: “Look around / Grass is high / Fields are ripe / It’s the springtime of my life.”  

In Chenango County, like the rest of Central New York, we all look forward to the change of each season, and after the long, cold winter, spring is an unparalleled favorite. The flowers popping up, the birds chirping, and the sun shining to bring us longer days. 

What makes us different? The outstanding beauty of our trails, the area lakes and streams, our small town rural charm, the numerous parks, and most of all – the chance for relaxation no matter what option you choose. 

What also makes us different is our well-known festival season. 

First up is the DEC South Otselic Fishing Heritage Event. In its 13th year, this special one-day community wide event is located along the scenic Otselic River. Fish hatchery tours, fishing clinics, demonstrations, antiques, food and a tour through the iconic Gladding Braided Products that has been around since 1816. 

Next is theworld’s longest single-day flat-water marathon canoe race, aptly named the General Clinton Canoe Regatta. Past entrants for the 70-mile endurance race have included world-class athletes from all over the U.S. and Canada. 

Adding to the start of the festival season is the Rolling Antiquers Annual Antique Auto show and the exciting action at the Unadilla Valley Sports Center. 

Whether you are here for a short visit, or you are considering a relocation to our area, we welcome you. For ‘Everything Chenango’, go to our website –, or call 607-334-1400 to get your free visitors guide.