They were the pick up truck of the Adirondacks before there were roads, said Covert.
The race had one-man and two-man contests. The one man race features a quarter mile carry, while the two-man races challenges participants dexterity by requiring a position change while in the water.
The guideboat race awards will be given at the Berkeley Green and Pontiac Parking Lot Junction of Main St. & Broadway at 4 p.m. The craft show and sale will also take place on July 1 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., while Downtown Saranac Lake will host merchant sidewalk sales from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
On Monday, July 2, Heritage Day will be held. From 2-3 p.m., Andy Flynn will present the lecture and slide show, Saranac Lake History in the Adirondack Attic at the Union Depot.
The Paul Smiths VIC will host activities during the day, including its live bird of prey program at noon.
Tuesday, July 3 will be Art Day at Riverside Park and Downtown area. Artists will display wall murals, host an art sale and juried art show.
People will also get a chance to build their own ship with a cardboard boat race from 1-5 p.m. at Lake Flower. A demonstration will be presented by the Search and Rescue Team.
Kielmeier said the cardboard boat race was new this year. People should build a craft earlier, and then bring the vessel to the competition. Registration is $5 prior to the event, and $10 the day of. For contest rules, contact the chamber.
On Wednesday, July 4, a variety of Independence Day activities will be held. The Kiddie Parade starts at 10 a.m. in Saranac Lake.
Riverside Park will host a climbing wall from Avalanche Adventures from 3-8 p.m., with a cost of $10 per person. A Rotary barbecue will start at 3 p.m., while High Peaks Church will host a strawberry festival.
A boat blessing is planned for 3:30 p.m.
The evening will feature an Adirondack Brass concert at 7 p.m., and a performance by the Lawn Chair Ladies. People are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and go with the flow.
A Fourth of July fireworks display will take place at dusk at Lake Flower.
The event is sponsored by the village of Saranac Lake, town of Harrietstown, Local Merchants Association and the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Events Committee.
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or call the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at 891-1990.