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Events shaping up as county grants bed tax funds

QUEEENSBURY - Nearly a dozen regional events received pledges for funding recently through receipts of Warren County bed taxes. The events received earmarks from the county Occupancy Tax Committee.

Truckers and Citizens United received a pledge of $2,500 for a truck convoy and custom truck show and expo now scheduled for Lake George on Saturday June 27.

The event is scheduled to include country and western music stars, award-winning customized 18-wheeler cabs, and perhaps participation by television stars of the show "Chrome Shop Mafia."

The event includes a convoy of hundreds of truckers from all over the U.S. bringing their rigs up the Northway in a convoy to Lake George.

"It will be a spectacle,"event organizer Charlie Clayburn said this week.

First of its kind for the area, the event is a fundraiser for Prospect Center in Queensbury.

A talent show and competition, titled "Lake George Has Talent," based on the popular television shows American Idol and America's Got Talent, received a pledge of $2,000 bed tax money.

Jason Sherry, of Adirondack Promotions - which operates the Lake George Elvis festival - is the promoter of the event.

The Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce received an additional grant of $2,500 for their World's Largest Garage Sale event that annually attracts from 70,000 to 100,000 people.

The locally-based production of the Last of the Mohicans was granted $2,500 for three shows over three days, one in Lake George Village, one in Lake Luzerne and the other in Crandall Park.

A gymnastics tournament to be conducted by the Glens Falls YMCA received $5,000.

The Lake George Blues Blast festival received a $2,000 grant in addition to a prior grant of $2,000, because organizer Bob Jackson has been working to boost attendance - and by next year book nationally-known blues stars.

This year, the Blues Blast, set for Oct. 4 and 5, will feature 11 regionally-noted bands, including several Grammy award winners, he said. Plus, a lineup of "Woodstock All-Stars will be jamming in a memorable show, he said.

Already, several national acts have contacted him and wish to headline his event, but more advance notice is needed to make appropriate preparations, Jackson said.

The City of Glens Falls will be receiving $5,000 for their "Western Weekend" downtown events to be held in conjunction with the ever-popular Adirondack Stamped Championship Rodeo.

The Upper Hudson Music Festival, set for North Creek, was awarded $2,000.

These events and others will likely be seeking contributions from local municipalities of their separate share of the county bed tax money.

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