First Annual Festival for the Lake to be Held this September
Lake George Village Mayor Bob Blais has organized a new three-day Festival for the Lake in September to help support local efforts to eradicate aquatic invasive species such as Asian clams.
According to Blais, the festival will be held throughout Lake George Village on September 27, 28 and 29.
“I know how important the lake is to our future and now we’re going to ask others to step up and help us,” said Blais.
Proceeds from ticket sales, sponsorships, fees and donations will benefit the “S.A.V.E. the Lake initiative,” a coalition of local governments and not-for-profit organizations fighting invasive species.
A $10 fee will admit those wearing wristbands to all events, food courts and wine and beer tasting events.
The festival opens on Friday, September 27 at 4 pm. Rich Ortiz will take the stage at Shepard Park at 4 pm, followed by the Stony Creek Band at 6 pm. A fireworks show will be held at 9:15 pm.
Live music will be presented in both Blais and Shepard Parks throughout the weekend. Saturday’s music at Shepard Park features the Out of Control Rhythm & Blues Band, Bluz House Rockers and the Big Block Blues Band.
Blais Park will host the T-N-T Band on Friday night and a Beatles Tribute Band, as well as local favorite Jonathan Newell, on Saturday.
Saturday’s highlights include a Pedi-Cab race at 2 pm, a 5K Flashlight Run at 7:30 pm and a Festival Bicycle Tour sponsored by the Warren County Safe & Quality Bicycling Organization. Registration is at 9 am at the Westbrook Parking Lot.
The three-day festival will not only raise funds for invasive species eradication efforts increase public awareness of the need to prevent new invasives from reaching the lake, Blais said.
It will also be the area’s largest street festival, Blais said.
During the festival, portions of Canada Street and Beach Road will be closed to traffic to create an open plaza for a children’s carnival, a craft show, street entertainers and ethnic foods.
Other features include amusement park rides, the Fire Department’s casino games, street entertainers and pontoon boat and para-sail rides.
Food will be available from Chef Dave Britton’s Pie on Wheels, King Neptune’s, and the Barnsider, which will sell a chicken barbecue and their famous ribs.
Two tents will feature New York craft beers and wines sponsored by the Adirondack Pub & Brewery as well as the Adirondack Winery tasting room.
Sponsors include Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, Pepsi-Cola, Alonzo Fireworks, the Lake George Steamboat Company, Shoreline Cruises and Trustco Bank.