The EM Cotter Fireboat will give rides to the public on Friday June, 16th on 5:30pm and 7:30pm and on Saturday, June 17th at 12pm and 3pm. No children under the age of 12 are allowed on the boat and access to the boat is difficult for those with limited mobility. Call 716-823-4707 ext. 3 to reserve your spot. Donations are gladly accepted.
Built and commissioned during an era when Buffalo’s waterfront and port were booming, the Cotter has been an invaluable asset of fire protection for the numerous warehouses, grain elevators and other facilities that line Buffalo’s shores.
In 1996, the Edward M. Cotter was designated a National Historic Landmark.
As the world’s oldest working fireboat, she has borne three names, survived a devastating explosion and, as she proudly begins her second century of service.
The rides on the Cotter is part of the 17th Annual Buffalo River Fest which is scheduled for
- 6pm to Midnight on Friday, June 16
- 11am to Midnight on Saturday, June 17
- 1pm to 5pm on Sunday, June 18
Buffalo River Fest Park, located at 249 Ohio Street, Buffalo, NY, near Michigan Avenue.
Located directly on the Buffalo River, the festival will feature fun water related activities for the entire family all weekend long including the Rigidized River Regatta, the InTomes.Com Fishing Contest, a kids area on Saturday, “I Got It” Bingo, historic walking tours, Waterfront Memories & More Museum waterfront memorabilia display, vendors and crafters, and plenty of food and beverages.
Live entertainment will be taking place all weekend! Entertainment includes Alfie Alesandra and Breakaway (Friday), Mike Nugent, Bleeding Hearts, and Hit N Run (Saturday), and Screaming Pineapples (Sunday).
Proceeds from the Buffalo River Fest will benefit Buffalo River Fest Park including capital maintenance, utilities, insurance, dock maintenance, and grounds maintenance.
The 17th Annual Buffalo River Fest is sponsored by Rigidized Metals, PVS Chemical, The Krog Group & Renova Partners, Irish Propane & Irish Carbonic, Gerdau Metals Recycling, Via Evaluation, PDI Cone – Dutch Treat, Johnson Fastener Corporation, Larkin Service, and Arcara Zucarelli Lensa & Associates.