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Americade rally overcame its challenges

Substantial rain on Saturday also may have reduced day-trippers to the rally. The rain did slash the numbers of riders in the annual parade down Canada St. from its traditional throng of thousands to several hundred, Dutcher said.

"The hardy Americaders were still riding," he said.

Particularly successful were the nightly parties on the gracious back lawn of Fort William Henry, which afforded magnificent views of Lake George, he said.

The rally's kickoff party there on Monday June 6 featured the Albany band Group Therapy, and Wednesday evening, a hot-air balloon-glow happening. This event featured local balloonist Michael Hernandez lighting up his massive balloon with blasts from the rig's propane burner. The evening also featured a performance by the ever-popular Stony Creek Band.

Fort William Henry a popular in part because the convenience to the motorcyclists, who enjoyed being close to boat cruises, the Tour Expo trade show, and trolley services.

"Change can be scary, but the Americade attendees were very happy," he said.

He added that Americade staffers were exhausted but cheery after a long week of work.

"The Americade staff and volunteers performed exceptionally well," he said, adding that he's looking forward to next year's rally in Lake George. "And you just can't hire people with the enthusiasm and dedication that our volunteers have year after year."

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