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Major rock 'n roll and country music festival to debut in Lake George

In a press  conference Tuesday July 29, Lake George Mayor Blais announces a major new music festival coming to Lake George this September. Backing up Blais are festival production manager Dave Ehmann (left rear) of Improv Records and music festival manager Sam Bottini (right rear) of the Putnam Den club in Saratoga Springs.

In a press conference Tuesday July 29, Lake George Mayor Blais announces a major new music festival coming to Lake George this September. Backing up Blais are festival production manager Dave Ehmann (left rear) of Improv Records and music festival manager Sam Bottini (right rear) of the Putnam Den club in Saratoga Springs. Photo by Thom Randall.

— A two-day music festival with nationally known groups — is to be held in the Charles R. Wood Park in September, Lake George Village Mayor Robert Blais and concert promoters announced with fanfare July 29.

Called “The American Music Festival for the Lake,” the event is to be held Saturday Sept. 20 and Sunday Sept. 21 and is expected to draw four or five thousand people to Lake George on the weekend when the 42nd annual Adirondack Balloon Festival is to be held nearby in Queensbury.

Proceeds from the event are to be donated toward protecting the environmental health of the lake, Mayor Robert Blais said. The event is an expansion of the already popular Festival for the Lake, which in its debut last year raised more than $22,000 for the SAVE Lake George Partnership, a organization spearheading an effort to curb aquatic invasive species.

Eric Siy of the Fund for Lake George, one of the leading local environmental organizations, praised the festival for raising awareness and money for initiatives to preserve and enhance lake health.

“Were very excited about this festival,” Siy said. “This kind of connection between the local economy and the protection of the lake is exactly the prescription we need to assure the lasting health of Lake

George,” he said.

In addition to rock and country music, the festival also features an arts and crafts fair, fireworks, The Flashlight 5-kilometer footrace, children’s amusement rides, plus a Moonglow mass balloon illumination session on Saturday evening.

Specialty foods are to be available, plus themed boat cruises, hot-air balloon rides and parasail excursions.

Music festival production manager Dave Ehmann of Improv Records said the event would be a fun memorable party, bringing enthusiasts of leading-edge rock ‘n roll and country music to the village.

“We at Improv Records are stoked to be part of this festival,” Ehmann said. “We’re going to rock your socks off — So don’t miss it!”

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