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National Honor For Olcott, NY

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Right in our backyard.  Olcott, NY has been named this year’s “Ultimate Fishing Town.”  Along with the designation came a $25,000.00 award to be used for fishing related projects.  The check was presented Wednesday afternoon in Krull Park.

The World Fishing Network spent the day in Olcott shooting video to be used throughout the year and town officials hope it’ll inspire visitors to find out what Olcott is all about.  What might make Olcott such a great place to fish is that it has the deepest harbor along Lake Ontario west of Rochester.

At the northern end of Route 78 along Lake Ontario, the village of Olcott lies within the town of Newfane.  It’s  picturesque, but if you dig deeper you’ll find Olcott is about its people.  They submitted their entry into the online contest, then worked social networks to get people to vote and it worked.  With 329,000 votes, Olcott came out on top.

At one time Olcott featured amusement rides, concessions and a boardwalk.  It was a mini-Coney Island.  It reminded me a lot of the amusement park at Crystal Beach, for those old enough to remember. Decades ago Olcott was a destination for visitors to Niagara Falls.  That was before the Canadian side began building all its attractions.

One of my favorite memories of times with Shelley was heading up to Krull Park in Olcott for a picnic.  We’d go on a nice summer weekday afternoon.  She’d do some sewing, I’d read the paper and we’d just enjoy the view.  On the way home we always had to stop for some Buy’s popcorn – a special treat.  Anybody who’s ever been up that way knows what I’m talking about.

Congratulations to Olcott, NY – the 2012 “Ultimate Fishing Town.”

REFERENCES: wikipedia

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