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Big Apple Circus receives warm welcome in Lake George

Big Apple Circus Artistic Director Guillaume Dufresnoy describes the wide range of acts to be presented by his troupe during the circus’  two-week run this summer in Charles Wood Park, Lake George. Dufresnoy and area officials exchanged compliments concerning cooperation that secured the show’s two-week tenure this summer in Lake George.

Big Apple Circus Artistic Director Guillaume Dufresnoy describes the wide range of acts to be presented by his troupe during the circus’ two-week run this summer in Charles Wood Park, Lake George. Dufresnoy and area officials exchanged compliments concerning cooperation that secured the show’s two-week tenure this summer in Lake George. Photo by Thom Randall.

— “No other resort town in America will have a circus like Big Apple,” he said, noting local officials are hopeful that the circus will draw robust crowds and prompt Big Apple to return year after year.

“We’re seeking to establish a long and lasting relationship,” Blais added.

Chamber Director Michael Consuelo offered a similar forecast of how Big Apple would boost Lake George’s prominence as a site for various shows and functions.

“This is a home run for all of us,” he said.

Big Apple spokesman Philip Thurston revealed why the executives of the non-profit circus chose Lake George.

“It was a combination of accessibility, visibility, location and potential audience that made it an ideal spot,” Thurston said. “This is one of America’s premier resort communities.”

Big Apple Circus Artistic Director Guillaume Dufresnoy praised the local officials for making accommodations for their tenure on the Charles Wood Park festival grounds. Warren County and the village are waiving site fees and paying for some of the infrastructure and services they require.

“Presenting the shows is about partnerships, not just a parking lot in a resort town,” he said.

Dufresnoy and other circus officials said they were pleased that the Lake George Chamber of Commerce, municipal officials and area business representatives were partnering with them in promotions and offering package deals.

The circus will be offering two shows most days between Saturday July 14 and Sunday July 29. Details are available at: www.bigapplecircus.org.

A top state official was on hand for the press conference formally announcing the circus’ two-week run.

Matt Driscoll, President and CEO of the state Environmental Facilities Corp. said he was pleased to see that $738,000 of his agency’s grant money would put to work — in the form of porous pavement and stormwater control — while benefiting the local economy. He said the circus and the development of the park would attract more people and business to Lake George.

“Congratulations to all,” he said.

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