An adult ticket to the Sterling Renaissance Festival costs $28.95.
It’s uncertain where every cent of that money goes. The festival, which begins its 42nd season July 7, is one of Cayuga County’s biggest tourist attractions. It draws 100,000 people to Fair Haven every summer for turkey legs, jousts and more in a living, breathing 1585 village. Dozens of staff, vendors and actors make that happen, and the festival’s ticket sales support all of them.
But one of the people that money supports is the festival’s owner of 10 years: Doug Waterbury.
Waterbury, who also owns about 50 rental properties in the Oswego area, is being sued by the Department of Justice for allegedly sexually harassing female tenants and prospective tenants since 1990. The suit says Waterbury coerced them into sex in order to keep or obtain housing, made unwanted sexual contact with them and refused maintenance work if they rejected him, among other allegations.