Business and community leaders laud Americade

"Americade is not weather-dependent," he said, noting it can be counted on, year after year, to generate revenue for businesses while boosting employment in the area.

Lake George Supervisor Frank McCoy said he hoped the state would back down from raising their fees, and negotiate a reasonable multi-year contract with Americade, as Dutcher has been seeking.

"It's extremely short-sighted of DEC to raise the rental fee by $20,000 or more and risk driving Americade out-of-state when New York State receives up to $1.6 million annually from the rally in sales tax revenue," he said. "They may be killing this area's golden goose."

Dutcher has said recently he's going forward with plans to hold Americade in lake George for 2011, but 2012 is still in question.

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