‘Ring of Fire’ events among cancellations

Livingston County News File Photo Fireworks explode above Conesus Lake during a past “Ring of Fire” event. This year’s event has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers hope to resume it next year.

The annual “Ring of Fire” on Conesus Lake has been cancelled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition, the professional fireworks display near the north end of the lake has been cancelled due to crowd safety concerns, said John Connelly of the Conesus Lake Association, which sponsors the “Ring of Fire.”

The event attracts huge crowds to the shores of Conesus Lake, especially at Livonia’s Vitale Park at the north end of the lake.

The Town of Livonia passed a resolution in early June that closed the park from July 2 to 5 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The park is closed to visitors by land and boat and public restrooms at the park will also be closed during this time.

The “Ring of Fire” event was scheduled for July 3.

The CLA hopes that next year life will have returned to normal and we can again have a healthy, joyous, and wonderful celebration, the organization said in a newsletter email.

Lake residents may still choose to light flares on their properties around the lake at 10 p.m. Friday in an unofficial event.

The association, in its newsletter, reminded residents that fireworks that shoot into the air and untethered sky lanterns are not legal in New York State.

The association also reminded boaters that if they take their boat out on the lake to make sure to have enough life jackets for all passengers and that young passengers are wearing their life jacket.

Silver Lake’s traditional “Ring of Fire” is also seeing changes.

While the event’s fireworks display has been canceled, residents will still light flares around the lake on July 3 at 9:30 p.m.

The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department has agreed to lead the lighting of the “Ring of Fire” and will circle the lake with its siren and blue flashing light, according to a Facebook post by the Silver Lake Association.

The Annual Howard Benedict Memorial Boat Parade is still scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. July 4 with a few changes. Decorated and undecorated boats are invited to launch from the resident’s dock and start to circle Silver Lake counter clockwise. No Silver Lake Association trophies will be awarded.

Participants are asked to fly an American flag to show patriotism and support for first responders and medical professionals, the Association said in its post.

“The SLA would like to extend our appreciation to all Silver Lake residents that voiced their feelings about these great SLA traditions. We thank you for your continued support,” the SLA said in its post.

Another Fourth of July holiday event, the annual Warsaw Fire Department Firemen’s Carnival, has been postponed to Sept. 3 to 5. The event has traditionally been conducted during the Independence Day holiday.

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