Bed Races

Long Lake Fourth of July Traditional Celebration

On Saturday, July 4th join the Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department for their annual fourth of July celebration. Games for all ages starts at 10am at the Long Lake Ball Field. Classic favorites include a scavenger hunt for the youngest, balloon races, sack races, egg toss and a three-legged race. Children compete for over 1,000 prizes from the prize booth.

Carrera Lance hops to the finish line at the Games for All Ages

Carrera Lance hops to the finish line at the Games for All Ages

The Bed Races return and will be starting at a new time, 2pm from the Long Lake Town Bridge. Teams race each other to the finish line in speed and precision while competing for the title of Best in Show. Cash prizes will be awarded to the Best in Show, and Fastest, along with a trophy and bragging rights for the year. Entry fee is $10 per bed and pre-registration is required. Call 518-624-3077 for information or to sign up. The Town of Long Lake is also looking for line judges and Best in Show Judges. Judges will receive a complimentary Feelin’ Long Lakey t-shirt for their efforts.

Be a Bed Race Judge and get a free t-shirt!  Call 624-3077 to sign up!

Be a Bed Race Judge and get a free t-shirt! Call 624-3077 to sign up!

Peter-Michael Marino returns as the popular Long Lake MC. Peter is an award winning director, actor and comedian who has performed in the off-Broadway show STOMP, wrote and created “Desperately Seeking Susan, The Musical” premiering on the West End in London and has most recently returned from performing “Late with Lance,” his hilarious one-man show featured at the Orlando and Hollywood Fringe Festivals. Peter will be traveling to Scotland to perform his show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August. Do not miss his antics, hilarity and comedic repartee with the crowd at the Bed Races.

The Long Lake Fire Department will be serving a feast of sausage and peppers, hot dogs and hamburgers. Penelope the Clown will be face painting and creating balloon animals at the gazebo starting at 4pm. For dessert try the homemade and delicious Strawberry Shortcake and North Country Kettle Corn.

Finish out the evening dancing until dark with live music from Fade to Blues, a blues band from Lake Placid NY. Fade to Blues’ brand of original Indie Blues combines elements of classic rock, funk, fusion, country and soul. Look for guitar playing and vocals of BB Ready, bassist Dave Fischer and drummer, Long Lake legend, Jay Lamica to lay down the grooves to keep the crowd moving. They will rock the beach starting at 6:30pm.

Fade To Blues will rock the beach!

Fade To Blues will rock the beach!

At dusk do not miss the best fireworks in the Adirondacks. Fireworks can be seen from the beach, boat, or the Mt. Sabattis Pavilion. The fireworks display is made possible with the support of the Town of Long Lake, Raquette Lake Navigation, Shortridge Landscaping, Motel Long Lake and Cottages, Britton Enterprises, Dr. Russell Rider, Gillis Realty, Long Lake Storage, Stewart’s Shops, Chax Handmade Knives, Wide River Antiques, Order of the Eastern Star #745, Whitney Industries LLC, and Raquette Lake Camps.

4th of July in Long Lake, NY Wrap Up

Long Lake 4th of July Wrap Up

Games for all ages on the Long Lake Ball Field were a great success and boasted over 300 participants. Events included a scavenger hunt and piñata for children five and under. Other crowd favorites included the sack race, three-legged race, the crab walk, barrel race and the finale egg toss with winners Milo Gillies and Miles Dean.

Winners for the 2014 Egg Toss are Milo Gillies and Miles Dean.

Winners for the 2014 Egg Toss are Milo Gillies and Miles Dean.

The Long Lake Bed Races shut down traffic on NYS Route 30 at 5pm and featured host Peter-Michael Marino introducing the racers, and conducting hilarity on the sidelines during the race. Four teams vied for the championship cup. Winner for Best in Show was Team Huntington Tree Huggers with Chrissy Macholl, Mark Frazier, Lee Daudelin, Nick Harover, Kristopher Weber.

Overall First Place went to the Jersey Devils with Mark Goerg, Nicholas Goerg, George Duerr, Paul Euicci and Dalilah Gomez. The Jersey Devils competed in two heats taking home first place by besting the brackets.


Second Place went to Wallace Contracting/The Cellar Bed and Third to the Huntington Tree Huggers.


Huntington Forest Tree Huggers take 3rd Place in the race and Best in Show

Huntington Forest Tree Huggers take 3rd Place in the race and Best in Show


Special thanks to all the judges who helped with the bed races. Mike McNamara, Lara McNamara, Kate O’Dowd, Molly Irvine, Carol Irvine, Colleen Smith, Paul Roalsvig, Brian Penrose, Kathryn Cusamano, Jim and Lisa Tebo, Briggs and Pailin Hample and Barb Gachowski.

This is the first win and second race in the last five years for the Jersey Devils.

Bed Race Trophy Calamity or Controversy? Long Lake NY

In the summer of 2013 there were seven entries in the Long Lake Bed Races. Only one team could walk home with the trophy. The rules in Long Lake are simple. You beat everyone, you get a cash prize, glory, bragging rights and your team name engraved on the Bed Race Trophy on display year-round right in the Long Lake tourism office. The team gets an official photo holding the trophy and that’s it. That’s all the team contact with said trophy, but its enough to make the papers, make facebook, snapchat, twitter and everything else in between… but in 2013, something happened to that tradition. It was broken.

Brooke Hample from The Cellar Team is spotted sneaking the trophy through the crowd at the Bed Races!

Brooke Hample from The Cellar Team is spotted sneaking the trophy through the crowd at the Bed Races!

The Adk Trading Post team-members, begged and pleaded, (translation… whined) and the tough as nails (actually marshmallow-hearted) Director relented (got hoodwinked) and allowed the team to carry the Bed Race Trophy Cup around during the evening activities at the beach.

With one more final team photo opportunity and one last breath of effort, tinged with a slight affable charm, the team members begged the question to the director… the one question she didn’t want to answer

Team: Can we have the trophy all night?

Director.. (that’s me) “No.”

Team: Pretty Please.

Director: No

Team: Come on, we promise.. nothing will happen to it.

Director: What makes me think I believe you?

Team: Because you’ve known us since we were born.

Director: Not all of you.

Director assesses the team and acquiesces, more out of sheer exhaustion and the desire to get rid of them.

Director: That trophy better be on my desk first thing Monday Morning.

Team: You bet!

Team leaves.

Post 4th of July morning. Director drinks coffee while perusing Facebook news feed, spots some snippets of fb updates and chatter calling into question the whereabouts of said trophy. Director gives up and heads to boat, to get out on the lake, escaping the dreadful pit of fear enveloping her gut and the voices inside her head repeating… “the trophy is missing, the trophy is missing… ” and oddly a grace and calm overcame the director as she roared out into the lake leaving her worries behind…

Timeline: 24 hours later
Where the trophy went… well that’s up to the team to tell you, but it was not returned in a timely fashion and nor was it returned in the condition it left in.

It was recovered from the bottom of Long Lake in a diving expedition** after several months of being lost at sea. (ok, maybe a couple of weeks) ** much like the historic Buttercup Steamboat – see “Mystery of the Buttercup, a play, July 25th Long Lake Town Hall for details

Bed Race Trophy was recovered from the bottom of Long Lake, NY.  Is this the new invasive species?

Bed Race Trophy was recovered from the bottom of Long Lake, NY. Is this the new invasive species?

The trophy was recovered.. albeit not be the same, but sometimes change is just fine. And the winged goddess of victory may have been torn mercilessly from her trophy base, but she was re-attached with electrical tape and returned with a lifejacket, symbolizing her return to her rightful place after an accidental swim to the bottom of Long Lake.

Luckily due to a generous donation the PRT department was able to order a new Bed Race Trophy Cup and will start all over again in 2014.

In 2014, teams will have their photo taken with the new trophy, a plaque engraved and it will remain on display in the town offices, under 24/7 lock and key.

4th of July Bed Races

Snow may still be on the ground, but plans are already underway for the 2014 Bed Race competition. Now having been in full rotation for the last five years, organizers are hoping for a record turnout of beds as the 4th of July falls on a Friday.


Here’s a look at a highlight reel just released by the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department. Mobile Friendly Video Link

“Last year we had three beds arrive at the last minute and they were ready to race. Only problem was we only had two slots available.” The race organizers ask that anyone planning on participating the races contact the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department well in advance to secure their spot. It helps plan for the set up, brackets and even the scripted material for MC Peter-Michael Marino to call the races. “He adds a sense of comedy, timing, storytelling and hilarity to the event. He stops cars and interviews passers by. He’s been visiting Long Lake for over 25 years and knows visitors are looking for an entertaining race.”

Long Lake NY Loves Ernie Williams

Ernie Williams celebrated the 4th of July in 2011 in Long Lake, NY. A tribute to the spirit of America and Blues Music. His genuine love of music and his fans was palpable. He set up shop outside the back of his van and signed autographs at the Long Lake Town Beach before his performance.

He celebrated life, love, music and the American dream. Much love to his family, friends and fans. We will miss him.

From the AP Times Union. Legendary blues musician Ernie Williams, who recently celebrated his 87th birthday, died Wednesday after suffering a massive heart attack, according to Cohoes Mayor John McDonald III.

Williams, a Cohoes resident, was a fixture on the local music scene. He earned a dedicated following through his performances with The Ernie Williams Band, formerly known as the Wildcats.

From 1991 to 2001, Mark Emanatian played lead guitar with Williams’ band, touring the U.S. and Canada.

Emanatian recalled how serious Williams was about music and spoke of the times they played multiple gigs in one day.

But Williams was a staunch believer in giving back to the community through programs aimed at teaching people black history and by performing benefits for hunger.

“He was charming, he had a huge smile, he loved people, he loved to tell jokes and he loved kids,” Emanatian said.

Williams, a native of Virginia, moved to Harlem and later to Albany.

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2011 Year in Review Long Lake Style

What do you remember about 2011? Well already a day has gone by and I’m sure I missed something. So maybe you got to spend a lot of time in Long Lake this year, or maybe you kept in touch via updates and twitter and your friends and relatives. Maybe you drove down Route 30/28N and decided to spontaneously stay for the night and found a Barber Shop Quartet singing on the beach or Martin Sexton signing autographs. Long Lake is small, but makes the most of the seasons and even though we’re off the beaten path and not right off the railroad tracks or the Northway, we still have our fingers on the pulse (from a quiet distance)

The video is a timeline with both events in and around Long Lake and Raquette Lake interspersed with some images of notable news figures of the past year. Trivia is so popular an event, one of the upcoming questions may revolve around some of the images in this piece – so watch carefully.

What did we miss? I know you’ll be sure to tell me.

See you in 2012. Enjoy the show. Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club Winter Carnival is coming up on January 14, 2012.. THINK SNOW!

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Bed Race and 4th Wrap Up

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 Belcher

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.

4th of July Events 2011


Boat Parade Float Contest

4:30pm: Boats meet at the State Boat Launch on Dock Rd.
5pm: Parade to the Long Lake Town Beach

Dress-up your boat! We’ll take ANY boat–pontoon, motor boat, canoe, kayak, sail boat, inflatable raft, as long as it floats! You can get fancy (ala the Raquette Lake Loon Pontoon) or simple (stick a few American flags in your boat and hit the water!)–just join the parade whatever you got! Meet at the state boat launch on Dock Rd. at 4:30pm. We’ll then parade past the beach, through the bridge, loop around near the spillway and come back to the beach for the awards ceremony! Prizes for 1st-3rd overall, wackiest and most Long Lakey.


The Yod Squad Performs on the W.W. Durant in Raquette Lake


Get your friends and family together and drive on over the RL for a moonlight cruise on the W.W. Durant and a concert by local band, The Yod Squad! Tickets are $7, which includes your chance to win a dinner cruise! Visit for more info!


Games on the Ball Field


Treasure Hunt for the 4 & under set at 10am, then comes the sack races, three-legged race, wheel barrel race, The Great Long Lake Egg Toss and all your other classic favorites! Open to all, even adults! Winners take a trip to our epic prizebooth with hundreds of great and weird things to choose from.

The Great Long Lake Bed Races

5pm, Main St (Town Bridge to Town Beach)

The Bed Races are back for a second time in the 21st century! Find an old bed, slap some wheels on it, decorate it, decorate yourselves and race to glory and fame! $10 per bed entry fee. Must wear sneakers. Show up by 4:30pm to register. BIG PRIZES! $80 for 1st, $60 for 2nd, $40 for 3rd and $80 for Best in Show (most creative, prettiest, etc).

Ernie Williams and the Annual Long Lake 4th of July Celebration!

6:30pm-10pm, Long Lake Town Beach

Blue legend Ernie Williams and his band perform a free concert, the fire dept serves up their famous sausage and peppers, the Boy Scouts sell some delicious strawberry shortcake, Penelope the Clown paints faces in the gazebo and fireworks go off at dusk!
Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

Long Lake Summer 2010 World Premiere Video

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Click, play watch and enjoy and if you want to be the next one in it for 2011… guess you’ll have to come up and be in it next summer in Long Lake, NY!

More Bed Race Photos

Overall Race Winners Wallace Contracting/Fire Department

The Cellar Crew Runs Away Prom Dresses!

Fierce Competition between Parks & Rec and Hoss's

Big Crowd Watches with Wonder

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