Long Lake Days filled with fun

LONG LAKE Long Lake held its annual carnival, Long Lake Days, this weekend, July 27 and 28. Despite several obstacles, everyone who visited the event thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Intermittent rain Friday evening and during the day on Saturday kept the crowds at the Long Lake Days smaller than normal. Indeed, those that did brave the weather donned raincoats and umbrellas, crowding under tents during the heavier falls of rain. Clear skies on Saturday evening, however, brought out a larger gathering of people to watch the evening entertainment and firework show.

Many who attended were surprised that the Long Lake Fire Department, which presents the sole source of food and drink yearly at the carnival, decided against serving beer this year for insurance reasons. Instead, they instilled a BYOB policy, which seemed to satisfy most of the public.

The most notable problem with the weekend was the absence of rides and games. According to event advertisements, rides were supposed to be provided by a company called 3D Amusements, but there were none to be found at the fairgrounds this weekend. Only one game, presented by a separate vendor, was available for children's enjoyment. Town officials from the Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department in Long Lake were not available at press time to comment.

Without the rides, carnival-goers focused more on the live entertainment. Spectators on Friday night saw Reflections. Saturday afternoon, the five-piece Stony Creek Band entertained through the rain, and Saturday evening, the three-piece Uncle Wiggly and the Nightcrawlers played well into the night against the backdrop of a spectacular fireworks display. Each band played their own styles of classic rock and party favorites, doing as many requests as they could while trying to remember the lyrics, as the crowd danced and sang along.

While kids enjoyed the music, they also had the chance to see a magic show put on by Bob Shelley Saturday afternoon. Penelope the Clown painted a plethora of faces, hands, and arms, while also doling out stickers, temporary tattoos, brightly colored balloons, and amazing balloon animals. Many children were able to win a fish, and one lucky kid won a bunny, by throwing ping-pong balls into fishbowls at the one game booth at the fair.

All in all, although the carnival ran into some problems, Long Lake Days 2007 offered a pleasant and fun-filled weekend to anyone who attended.

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