LONG LAKE - The Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department recently received notification from the New York State Department of Transportation the permit for their Fourth of July bed races was denied.
The races were originally slated for the traditional route, that last ran in 1992 from the bridge in the middle of town, along a 2/10 of a mile course on Route 30 to the town beach. Upon the denial of the appropriate permits from NYSDOT, committee members organizing the event fervently sought alternative locations.
"Everyone jumped on the new plans quickly," said tourism director Alexandra Roalsvig. "We have changed our plans and will be able to work around the setbacks in order to bring this historical event back to Long Lake."
The bed races will be hosted at Sunday, July 4, at 5 p.m., at the intersection of School Street and Route 30.
The town of Long Lake applied for a NYSDOT special permit 33a to host the bed races as well as procured special insurance certification and received the support of the Hamilton County Sheriff, the Long Lake Rescue Squad, and the New York State Troopers to help with traffic and crowd control.
The DOT cited the reasons for denial included no reasonable detours for the event, the date and time of the event correspond with times that holiday travelers would be utilizing Route 30 and the event presents high safety risks.
Christened in 1982, the Long Lake bed races have been stirring up community spirit while attracting tourist and visitor attention, according to Roalsvig. The bed races will be one highlight during a weekend of Independence Day celebrations. The town beach will be host to music, food and fireworks as dusk.
For more information on the Long Lake bed races and other events, visit www.longlake-ny.com.