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Lake George Family Fest opens tonight as rain moves out

The Lake George Family Festival features Las Vegas games of chance.
The Lake George Family Festival features Las Vegas games of chance.
G. Burdett/The Lake George Examiner

Live music, crafts, food, bounce houses, and games of chance are all part of the Lake George Family Festival, which kicks off this evening, Aug. 13, and continues through the weekend in Shepard Park. This morning, festival organizer Stephanie Fregoe told the Lake George Examiner, “We are crossing our fingers” when it come to the weather. Rain has caused the Lake George Arts Project to postpone tonight’s concert, but according to Fregoe, the Family Festival Las Vegas games and bounce houses are still planned for tonight. The forecast is for clearing skies by late afternoon.

This is the 41st year for the event, which is a fundraiser for the Lake George Volunteer Fire Department. Firefighters will spin roulette wheels, 7– 9:30 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, and noon until 10 p.m. Saturday. Those unlucky in gambling may wish to soak a firefighter (for a fee) at the dunk booth, which will be in operation each evening. The Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting bounce houses for the kids, Wednesday and Thursday, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday noon to 10 p.m. Bounce house ticket sales to benefit the Auxiliary.

Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., arts, crafts and food vendors will be offering their products throughout Shepard Park. Fregoe says that 80 vendors are participating this year selling handcrafted clothing, jewelry, furniture and home décor items. Maple products, homemade fudge, roasted nuts, and other food offerings round out the selections. Author Richard Mickelson, creator of the Richie the Teddy Bear series, will hold a book signing.

Surf band Big Fez and the Surfmatics will take the amphitheatre stage Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Their performance is part of the Lake George Arts Project Summer Concert Series. Fireworks will follow Thursday's concert. Friday at 7 p.m. the 42nd Division Army Band will perform and Saturday, 1–5 p.m., the Steven L. Smith Band, a local favorite, will be on stage. Sunday, a polka band, featuring Polish, German, Russian, jazz and top 40 music will perform in the park 1–5 p.m.

Admission to the festival is free. Metered parking is available on the streets and in Village operated parking lots on Beach Road, Amherst Street and the corner of Ottawa and James Streets. For more information, contact event coordinator Stephanie Fregoe at (518)744-5490.