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October 20, 2013

Maid of the Mist extending season — to offer free rides

Maid of the Mist officials announced Sunday that the boat tour company is extending its season by two days this fall— and they're not charging passengers a dime.

Free rides will be offered to all Maid of the Mist passengers on Friday and Saturday, the two additional days the boats will be operating for.

“This is an opportunity for us to thank everyone for the strong, local, grassroots effort that encouraged, supported and motivated us to keep the Maids running for years to come,” said James V. Glynn, chairman and CEO of the Maid of the Mist Corp. “We are also grateful for the tremendous assistance from Governor Cuomo, New York State Parks, New York Power Authority, elected officials and other entities, that has been vital to the construction of our new drydock and maintenance facility, which will soon be completed.”

The tours were originally scheduled to end for the season on Thursday.

Friday's boat cruises will be held out of Niagara Falls State Park on the New York site of the border from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Work is progressing on the drydock on the American side of the gorge. A large marine crane was delivered to the site last month. The machine to be ready to pull boats out of the water by the beginning of November.

Kevin Keenan, a spokesman for Maid of the Mist, said the company was happy to see the crane delivered, as it is a symbol of the progress that construction crews are making on the dry docks.

Maid of the Mist lost its right to operate the attraction on the Canadian side of the gorge — where the winter storage facility exists — to California cruise boat company Hornblower Cruises & Events.

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