A couple pauses at one of the dozens of craft booths along Canada St. in Lake George Saturday evening during the village's Festival for the Lake. The event continues today with a lineup of live music, a children's carnival, a climbing wall and other family activities, casino games, raffles, plus craft beer and wine served up streetside, A crowning of the first Queen of the Lake is to be held at 4 p.m. along with the announcement of raffle and contest winners. Lake George's main drag has been shut down for the festival.
The ambitious Festival for the Lake which has attracted thousands of people to Lake George Village this weekend continues fro 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29 with live music, a children’s carnival, a craft fair, a climbing wall, casino games and beer and wine served streetside.
Sunday’s activities include crowning of the Queen of the Lake, a ceremony set for 4 p.m. in Shepard Park.
Several downtown blocks have been cordoned off to accommodate the crowd that has been attracted to the array of family activities.
The event goes much further than merely providing a memorable weekend. It will be raising thousands of dollars to help bankroll an effort to curb invasive species that are threatening Lake George. All festival vendors will be donating a portion of their proceeds toward the effort, Mayor Robert Blais said Friday.
“Attending this festival is a way for families to have a lot of fun while having a good feeling about protecting the lake,” Blais said.
Saturday, Blais manned the ticket sales table in front of Shepard Park where many of the musicians were scheduled to perform. Entry is $10 for adults, and free for children under 16.
He said that ticket sales were ahead of expectations, and the festival might raise $20,000 or more to fight invasive species, like Asian clams and milfoil which are propagating in the lake.
All admission fees and a hefty percentage of all the vendors receipts are to go towards efforts to eradicate invasive species.
Festival organizers reported that many people visiting the festival have been making voluntary donations toward the effort.
Denny Galloway of Lake George — a former realtor and electrician known for his community activism and philanthropy, donated $1,000 toward the cause this weekend.
Featured Sunday in Shepard Park, are the Mississippi Hot Dogs from noon to 2 p.m. and Soul Session from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.. In Blais Park of Beach Rd., Headwall Band will be playing from noon to 4 p.m.
Events Saturday included a Pedi-Cab race which was won by Iggy Rovetto, owner of Pizza Jerks, a popular pizza restaurant and gathering place in the village. The day also featured a bicycle tour sponsored by the Warren County Safe & Quality Bicycling Organization.
Large tents downtown on Canada St. are hosting brewfests through the weekend, featuring not only craft beers by Adirondack Pub & Brewery of Lake George, but wines from Adirondack Winery & Tasting Room.
For children, special attractions include pony rides, a children’s zoo, amusement rides, bounce houses and walk-through balloons. Beach road will be barricaded for many of these activities.
Corporate sponsors of the event include Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Pepsi-Cola, Lake George Shoreline Cruises, Lake George Mirror, Lake George Steamboat Co., Adirondack Pedal Cab Co., Adirondack Winery, Adirondack Brewery, the Lake George Guide and TrustCo Bank.
Organizations backing the festival are the town and village of Lake George, Warren County, The Fund for Lake George, and the Lake George Association.
For further details, call 668-5771.
Craft fair organizer Gayle Nelson, dressed fancifully Saturday night as "Princess of the Lake," said she was thrilled at the response of the public.
"This is just fabulous," she said of the crowds that remained circulating through the streets after dark. "It's so good that people from all over care about the future of Lake George."