lake-george-area.JPGLake George, N.Y. - Everyone loves a good celebration, and the Lake George Area in New York's Adirondacks has a bevy of anniversaries to celebrate in 2012. Let's start with the Hudson River Whitewater Derby in North Creek. Celebrating its 55th year, this storied event began in 1958 with an eight-mile down river race that included 25 canoes. The derby made headlines in 1967 when U.S. Senator and Mrs. Robert Kennedy, and their seven children, were in attendance. This event now boasts slalom races on Saturday, May 5th and downriver races on Sunday, May 6th, with upwards of 10,000 spectators in attendance. You will want to be part of this historic event. Moving into June, the world's largest motorcycle touring rally, Americade, celebrates its 30th year in and around the Lake George Area from June 5-9. This week-long festival includes two massive trade shows, vendors, demos and displays, exclusive attendee events and guided motorcycle tours. If you are a fun-loving, social motorcyclist, you won't want to miss this event. Returning for its 10th year, the Glens Falls Soap Box Derby comes rolling into town June 15-16th.  In this amateur racing event takes place on Murray Street Hill in Glens Falls, where participants' race in non-motorized cars in several categories including stock, super stock, masters. Looking for some hometown summer fun? Look no further than the 50th (that's right, 50th) Annual Smoke Eaters' Jamboree in Warrensburg. This family event takes place at the town recreation field and includes carnival rides, entertainment, BBQ, food vendors, fireworks and more! Stop by on July 27-28th for this family fun event! If you haven't been to the Adirondack Balloon Festival - or even if you have been - don't miss this 40th annual hot air balloon extravaganza from September 20-23rd. The oldest and largest balloon event on the east coast is set against the backdrop of the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, featuring special shaped balloons, a block party, musical entertainment, craft fair, children's activities and of course - hot air balloons - and lots of ‘em. Celebrating its 35th Anniversary, Youtheatre of Lake George presents three Broadway musicals during a four-week period each July and August. This summer's productions include Legally Blond, Seussical the Musical and Fame. Performers ages 11-18 participate in all aspects of musical theatre from lighting, sound and design, in addition to superb acting, singing and dance. Other events celebrating an anniversary include the 35th Annual Cooper's Cave Coin and Stamp Show on April 29th; the 250th Sestercentennial Celebration of the Town of Queensbury with a celebration of the Issuance of the Town Patent on May 20th and an Open House on August 24th ; the 10th Annual Warrensburg Bike Rally takes place in Warrensburg beginning June 1; and the 25th Annual Feeder Canal Canoe and Kayak Races take place on June 2nd The Lake George Area is an easy-to-reach, affordable, year round vacation destination for the whole family. For free information on lodging, camping, eateries, outdoor recreation, events and things to do, call 800-365-1050 X5100 or click on Four great seasons - one out standing destination!


Contact: Joanne Conley Warren County Tourism Department 518.761.7653