I Love BBQ and Music Fest returns

— Milano North will sponsor the Top Chef competition on June 30, all day, beginning at 11 a.m. This event, featuring local chefs and pit masters, will enable patrons to view a food demo, with tasting to follow. The Top Chef event is dedicated to the memory of former competitor Nancee Gell, who tragically lost her life on New Year’s Eve, 2011, as she crossed Route 7 in Shelburne, Vt. Gell was a former Lake Placid Grand Champion.

Live music, including appearances by Heidi Little, Sven Curth, Larry Stone and the Stoneground Express, Dirty Blind (formerly The Pete Jacobs Band) and other local acts will perform over the three days.

Entertainment will also come in the form of the Krusher BMX Stunt Team, with its high-energy BMX bike and in-line skating exhibitions, on June 29-30. There will be a kid’s bounce around area and coconut climbing trees as well. And for the first time in festival history, Dynomite will appear in Lake Placid. This mechanical bull ride is sure to be a hit for all ages.

For the benefit of our veterans of the United States military, a mobile vet center, providing readjustment counseling services throughout New York State, will be on site for the entire festival.

BBQ Television, seen on YouTube, will patrol the event and post videos over the three days.

In the previous six years of the event, nearly $110,000 has been raised for the Thomas Shipman Youth Center through the festival.

For more information and a complete schedule of activities, please log on to www.ilbbqf.com.

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