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Great Adirondack Days planned in Saranac

SARANAC LAKE Five days of summer activities kick off this Saturday in Saranac Lake as residents celebrate summer in the Adirondacks.

The Second Annual Great Adirondack Days, which take place rain or shine, will be held June 30-July 4.

Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Member Services Director Adrienne Kielmeier said the event was intended to bring the community together, while providing great activities.

Its a great sense of community, because Saranac Lake is a very special place to be, said Kielmeier.

The event kicks off on Saturday, June 20 at the Berkeley Green and Pontiac Parking Lot. From 10 a.m.-6 p.m., merchants will hold a sidewalk sale.

A watermelon eating contest will start at 11 a.m., with prizes for first, second and third places being awarded at noon.

From 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Avalanche Adventures will host a Dinosaur Jumping Room. The cost is $5 per person.

At 1 p.m., there will be an open mic featuring live music. People should register at the information booth by 12:30 p.m. The sound system is provided.

At 2 p.m., face painting will be offered. The day finishes with a stamped receipt drawing at 5 p.m. by the Local Merchants Associations. People can drop their receipts at the information booth to be eligible for first, second and third prizes.

Events will also take place at Riverside Park. From 10 a.m.-6 p.m., a craft show and sale featuring 25 vendors from the Adirondacks will expose their talent and sell their goods. The Masonic Lodge will hold a barbecue throughout the day.

On Sunday, July 1, Riverfront Park will host the 45th Annual Guideboat Hanmer Race. The race starts at 11 a.m., and carries on until 3 p.m. There will also be a guideboat show from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Chris Covert, one of the organizers, said the traditional craft played an important part in the history of the Adirondacks.

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