The Long Lake 4th of July Celebration Weekend was fun-filled with something for everyone as the streets of Long Lake and Raquette Lake overflowed with visitors for the Long Lake 1981 class reunion, a boat parade, live music in Raquette Lake featuring “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” a strawberry shortcake sale to benefit the Raquette Lake Fire Department and a strawberry shortcake sale in Long Lake to benefit the local boy scout troop. So much to see and do, it was hard not to get swept up in the energy of the weekend events.
The traditional “Games of All Ages” were held on the Long Lake Ball Field on July 4th with over 192 participants enjoying a treasure hunt, sack races, hula hoop races and the venerable Egg Toss. Winners of the Egg Toss were Christine LaRoque and her son William.
The Long Lake Bed Races kicked off at 5pm on the Long Lake Town Bridge with four beds. Teams included, The Cellar Restaurant and Pub as Smurfs,
Wallace Contracting with a patriotic theme, Sam Keller’s Baby Crib on wheels, and the Adirondack Hotel adorned with a stuffed bear.
The New York State Department of Transportation gave permission for the bed races to return to their original location after letters of support were given by Senator Elizabeth Little, Town Supervisor Clark Seaman, the Hamilton County Sheriff, Karl Abrams, and the Long Lake Rescue Squad. Traffic was managed by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s patrol and the New York State troopers.
The Wallace Contracting Team was the overall winners of the race.Team members included pushers, Jordan Wallace, Ben Black, Ryan Kitchen, Andy Snide and rider, Danielle Rainbow . The Wallace Contracting winnings were donated to the Long Lake Boy Scouts of America Troop 75. Winning Best in Show for overall best themed and decorated bed was the Adirondack Hotel with pushers, Stacy Pagoda, Jason Waite, Rob Kissman, Jazen Ruess, and Dave Halter.
Ernie Williams and his band performed on the Town Beach under the tent while Penelope the Clown entertained the kids and the lifeguards were on duty until 8:30pm.
Fireworks were donated by The Corner Motel, Wallace Contracting, Chris & Sue Lombardi, American Legion Post 650, Camp Zamp, Clark Seaman, Long Lake Real Estate, Raquette Lake Tap Room, Raquette Lake Navigation, Daryl Pollard, Green Harbor Motel & Cottages, Long Lake Gals Kazoo Band, Hoss’s Country Corner, Eastern Star Abenaque Chapter #745,Whitney Industries, Tony Harper’s Pizza, Kickerville Station, Robert and Helen Kentile, Stewarts Shops, Jane and Tom Bissell, and Long Lake Camp for the Arts.