This is one of the busiest stretches of the summer season for events in Lake Placid, and hopefully residents and visitors alike take the opportunity to enjoy some of the fine events that are on tap in the Olympic Village.
First, a warm welcome to all the competitors and their families who are here to compete in the Lake Placid and I Love NY horse shows. And greetings to all the cooks and their families who are taking part in the Lake Placid I Love BBQ Festival.
Both events are excellent venues that can be enjoyed by the entire family and both young and old.
If you've never checked out the Horse Shows, please take the chance to check out the action. It's always a great atmosphere, and the Grand Prix for each show is the pinnacle of each horse show competition. Even if you're not a horse show fan, it is a local event that shouldn't be missed. The horse shows run through July 8.
The I Love BBQ Fest is more than just a place to get some delicious food. There will be great music performed by musicians who live in this region. The best thing is that is benefits local kids as proceed go to the Thomas Shipman Youth Center.
There is no better way to enjoy a nice summer day than chowing down on some barbecue and listening to great toe-tapping music. The barbecue festival will be held June 29 to July 1.
And then comes the Fourth of July - always a special day in the Olympic Village.
First will be the parade down Main Street that starts at 5 p.m. It's always a good opportunity to show your patriotism as American flags waves all along the main village corridor. It's also great to see the local kids ride their bikes decorated in red white and blue as part of the parade.
Then comes the highlight with the annual Set the Night to Music Fireworks show that will take place as dusk on July 4. This year's event will be bittersweet with the death of long-time MC and organizer of the fireworks extravaganza, Dennis Ryan.
The event will probably include some type of memorial to him, so those who knew Dennis, please take a moment during the show to say a prayer for him and his family.
But to all who are in Lake Placid during this busy summer stretch, be safe, and enjoy the festivities.