Some big events are on tap in the Olympic Village in the next few weeks, and hopefully everyone will be able to get out and enjoy them.
One of the most popular is the Set the Night to Music Fireworks Show on the Fourth of July as the sky over Mirror Lake is illuminated by one of the best fireworks shows in the North Country. For those who do not know, the fireworks begin at dark (around 9:45 p.m.) and are choreographed to music, broadcast live over WSLP 93.3 FM. It's not too early to plan on where you will watch the show - keep in mind, the village is bustling at this time and it's a great idea to get your "prime" spot early.
Also on tap on the Fourth is the annual parade that starts next to the Olympic Center, works its way down Main Street and ends at the High Peaks Resort.
Each year the public is invited to participate in the parade. So, why not show your patriotic colors and get out and show off your American pride. Spread the word, as parade organizers welcome those who wish to march along one of the best Main Streets in the country.
This means bands - even solo and piecemeal musicians - groups, organizations, businesses, kids, adults - you name it, all can join the fun. Even school bands from outside the region can take part. Just contact Sue Cameron at the Lake Placid Visitors Bureau at 518-523-2445 for more information on signing up to march in the parade.
Also taking place is the Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows that run from June 25 through July 7. It's an event the entire family can enjoy. See the insert in this issue of the Lake Placid News for more information.
Then there's the 8th annual I Love BBQ and Music Festival that takes place from July 4-6. If you love food, music and fun, this is a great event to attend on a festive Lake Placid weekend. Also slated at the event are the daredevil antics of BMX stunt bike drivers who are always a crowd favorite.
The festival is a prime fundraiser for the Thomas Shipman Youth Center in Lake Placid, so keep that in mind when you come out to this family-oriented food-a-thon. For more information, visit www.ilbbqf.com/
Of course, there are the usual things to do in the Olympic Region, but these events are three core holiday happenings that make Lake Placid and its surrounding area so special.
For those who live here and attend one or more of these events, you already know how much fun they are. All the others must make it a point to get out and enjoy the next few weeks and all of the aforementioned special events.
It'll be a blast.