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Daffest set to start this weekend

Members of the Lawn Chair Ladies perform an opening number for the Daffest Derby last year.

Members of the Lawn Chair Ladies perform an opening number for the Daffest Derby last year. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— On Sunday, April 28, there will be a large garden basket weaving contest at the Willy Nilly on River Street from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Events continue the following weekend with a Wigmore Garden tour Thursday, May 2, starting at 1 p.m. The tour is limited to 30 visitors, who are asked to sign up through the Daffest website. The Downhill Grill will also be hosting LeGroove at 7 p.m. for Jazz in Bloom.

On Friday, May 3, the Jail and Bail for Bulbs fundraiser will take place from 11:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Organized by Janie’s for Hair, people who are “arrested” can be bailed out of jail for a $25 donation which will help buy 50 daffodil bulbs. More information can be obtained by calling Janie at 637-4990 or LeeAnn at 586-1573. There will also be a slide show of the French Gardens at the Left Bank Cafe, which will also host the Dust Bunnies from 7 to 9 p.m.

The Saranac Lake Chamber’s 5-K Zoom in Bloom race will take place Saturday, May 4, with registration and check in from 8 until 8 :45 a.m. at the Adirondack Carousel. The race will begin at 9 a.m. with a registration fee of $20 that includes a race T-shirt.

The race will be followed by a brunch from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Nonna Fina, while there will be a tour of the Pine Ridge Cemetery with Bob Seidenstein at 11 a.m. There will also be an Ampersand Bay Resort tour at 1 p.m., along with a Mark Twain Maple Works tour at 2:30 p.m.

At 4 p.m., the Daffest Derby Hat contest will be held at Captain Cook’s at 4 p.m., which will judge the best hats at the event and offer a viewing party of the annual Kentucky Derby horse race.

The festival concludes Sunday, May 5, with the Adirondack Singers Spring concert at St. Bernard’s Church at 2 p.m.

For more information on the Daffest, to find a calendar of events or to register for tours and races, visit the website daffest.com.

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