Kayaking, SUPs, Tubes and More

Enjoy the Battle of the Bands from an inner tube, SUP (standup paddleboard), from your own watercraft or just hang out on the dike from 11 - 7 on Saturday. This event is a new cornerstone of Wally Lake Fest.

Ride for the Lake

Come out and show support for Wallenpaupack Watershed as you \\\"Ride of the Lake\\\". This 41 mile motorcycle ride is a great way to celebrate the big lake.

Win $1000 in the Boat Parade

Hosted by Chant Realty, decorate your boat for the boat parade, show off for the thousands of spectators and maybe you\\\'ll come home with $1000!

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Wally Lake Fest is about the celebration of this wonderful region. Hike along the picturesque Lake Wallenpaupack Nature Trail, take a scenic boat tour or relax with beautiful vistas at one of the area\\\'s great restaurants.

Saturday evening kicks off with the Wallenpaupack Area High School marching band concert in the courtyard and free ice cream followed by shopping, music and more.

Wally Lake Fest is great fun for the whole family. From the pirate ship bounce house to the children author readings to the open market fair and much more in between, Children and adults alike will have a great time.

 

Wally Lake Fest 2014: Last Call for Sponsors & Events

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Wally Lake Fest 2014: Last Call for Sponsors & Events

Wally Lake Fest: August 22-24, 2014

Hawley, PA. April 22, 2014. Wally Lake Fest, proudly presented by the Downtown Hawley Partnership, is embarking on its milestone FIFTH YEAR August 22 – 24, 2014. The festival reached new, record-setting heights in 2013 and is looking to out-do itself again this year! Join us in this incredible summer celebration.

 

Wally Lake Fest features events located throughout the entire Lake Region including the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center, Downtown Hawley, area businesses and across the lake itself. In 2013 the event featured well over 50 events across the weekend attracting nearly 10,000 people to the region.

 

Our goal is to create a weekend full of events that embrace the area’s pristine natural beauty and fun atmosphere, as well as provide opportunity for local business to showcase products and services, stimulate tourism and strengthen the community.

 

We have an exciting line up scheduled for the weekend, some highlighted events include:

·       Two-Day Open Market Fair at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center

·       Two-Day Boat, Watercraft & ATV Expo and Open Market Fair at Wallenpaupack High School

·       Outdoor Experiences on the Shoreline and Nature Path

·       Boat Parade on the Lake

·       An Evening of Shopping, Dining & Entertainment in Downtown Hawley

·       Battle of the Bands, Live on the Lake!

·       Over 50 Different Events Around the Area,

 

This year’s Wally Lake Fest will be heavily promoted through online advertising, social media, outdoor, posters, brochures and more. Visit our website: www.WallyLakeFest.com where we will list all the events, sponsors, parking information, lodging packages and more.

If you would like to participate in the weekend via sponsorship, hosting an event, decorating your boat in the parade, keeping your store open late on Saturday night, a table at the Open Market Fair, facilitating an outdoor experience, or anything else you can think of please complete one of the attached forms or contact us at 570.226.2141 or info@wallylakefest.com.

 

We’ll see you at the 5th annual Wally Lake Fest!

For sponsorship details, visit www.wallylakefest.com, call (570) 226-2141 or email info@wallylakefest.com.

Wally Lake Fest 2014: Planning is Underway

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Wally Lake Fest 2014: Planning is Underway

Wally Lake Fest: August 22-24, 2014

Hawley, PA. March 10, 2014.  Spring might not have sprung yet, but planning is already underway for the 5th Annual Wally Lake Fest, which takes place Friday, August 22nd through Sunday, August 24th.   Wally Lake Fest is the only festival in the Pocono Mountains specifically celebrating Lake Wallenpaupack and its garnered a lot of buzz over the past several years.

A few local community leaders with an enthusiasm for the Lake Region brainstormed ways to help summer last a little longer in the area and the idea for Wally Lake Fest was born. Since its inception, the festival’s been slated for the weekend before the Labor Day weekend holiday and it’s become one of the busiest times of the year as people flock to the Lake Region for all of the fun.

This is an action-packed three day event where the shores and surrounding area come alive with live music, an open fair market, free sailboat rides, tours of the Dam, kayak demos, art displays, bike rides, a motorcycle ride, downtown shopping, a boat parade, an ice cream social and much more. With so many activities planned, the entire Lake Region and downtown Hawley is the place to be for people of all ages either on the water or on dry land.

Wally Lake Fest is hosted by the Downtown Hawley Partnership and presented by Lighthouse Harbor Marina. It’s also made possible through dedicated and generous sponsors, volunteers, organizers, local businesses and supporters.  The entire community works together to bring this end of summer celebration to the area.

2014 Wally Lake Fest Sponsor & Event Forms

Wally Lake Fest Featured of ResortsandLodges.com

5 Years of Wally Lake Fest

Wally Lake Fest, Family Tradition in the Pocono Mountains, PA

By: Andrew Moran

The Pocono Mountains in scenic upstate Pennsylvania have become synonymous with family travel in recent years. Certainly because of its family centric amenities, accommodations and seemingly endless activities. But more so than ever before, one weekend in particular has become what Rory O’Fee, Member of the Board for Wally Lake Fest, calls a staple in Northeast Pennsylvania. One weekend, that last year brought in record attendance and cumulated income in the community more than Fathers Day Weekend, The 4th of July, and Memorial Day Weekend…combined. Welcome to Wally Lake Fest, a fun filled weekend in late August packed with live music, games, food, drinking, and so much more.

Check out the full interview!

Mark your calendars for August 22 – 24, 2014 for the FIFTH ANNUAL Wally Lake Fest.  Stay tuned for more details and make sure to like us on facebook.

Saturday Highlights

For a FULL LIST of Saturday’s events, click here.

Download the brochure for even more information and a map of all events.

Saturday Highlights

Free Shuttle BusRuns every 5-10 Minutes. Saturday, 10am-6pm.

PPL Dam and Power Plant Tours, PPL Environmental Learning Center, Saturday, 10am – 3pm. 570-253-7001. Open to all ages, rain or shine. During this free tour you will learn about the history surrounding the construction of PPL’s hydroelectric dam and plant in the 1920’s and how PPL manages the lake today.

Canoe, Stand up Paddleboard (SUP) and Kayak Demo, Palmyra Township Beach, Saturday, 10am-4pm. 570-352-3444. On and in-water trials. Interested in kayaking? Demo kayaks, SUPs and canoes for free with Northeast Wilderness Experience and Sawmill Cycles.

Vintage Bicycle Show, Sawmill Cycles, 69 Wellwood Avenue (Across from the IGA), Saturday, 10am-4pm. 570-352-3444. Join us for a free vintage bicycle show and enjoy the bikes of yesteryear! Bikes from Schwinn, JC Higgens, Hawthorne, AMF and many more. Feel free to bring your own bicycle to show off too!

Canal Festival, WCHS Delaware & Hudson Canal Park at Lock 31179 Rte 6, 1 mile west of Hawley, Saturday, 10am-5pm. 570-253-3240. The Wayne County Historical Society will host the first Annual Canal Festival and public ribbon cutting at the circa 1820s Lock 31 site. Featuring canal history, heritage activities, children’s games, food, music, crafts and educational exhibits.

Open Market FairLake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center, Saturday, 10am – 5pm. 570-226-3191. Stop by the lawn to shop, browse and enjoy handmade products. Sponsored by the Pocono Lake Region Chamber of Commerce. Free Admission.

Boat, Watercraft and Outdoor ShowWallenpaupack Area High School, Saturday, 10am – 5pm. Browse through beautiful boats, watercraft and ATV’s. Lighthouse Harbor Marina, New Wave in Recreation, 1st Klas Marina, A&D Landis Marine, Driftwood Cove Marina, and The Boat Shop will have products on display. Free Admission.

Battle of the Bands, Lake Wallenpaupack in front of Visitors Center. Saturday, 11:30am-7:30pm. Three bands will perform throughout the day on a floating stage in front of the Dike and Visitors Center ON Lake Wallenpaupack. (Free)

  • 11:30 – 1:30 GONE CRAZIES, Contemporary Rock Cover Band
  • 2:00 – 4:30 GEORGE WESLEY BAND, Bob Marley Tribute Band
  • 5:00 – 7:30 TOMMY GUNS BAND, Top 40 Country Cover Band
Drop anchor or lay out on the dike, enjoy the sun and tunes, but please do so safely and responsibly.

Tube Rentals, Palmyra Township Beach, Saturday, 11am-7pm. 570-352-3444. Grab a tube from Northeast Wilderness Experience and head out to watch the Battle of the Bands! ½ Day: $15 // Full Day: $25

Kayak and Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) Rentals, Wallenpaupack Scenic Boat Tour and Boat Rentals. Saturday, 11am-7pm. 570-226-3293.  1 hour $10. Enjoy the Battle of the Bands on your own kayak or SUP (stand up paddleboard). Cruise the band area and enjoy listening to music on a kayak or SUP. Based on availability.

Motorcycle “Ride for the Lake”, Wallenpaupack Area HS, 2552 Route 6. Saturday, 10am-12pm. 570-226-3865. Rain Date Sunday. A 41mi motorcycle ride around the lake benefiting the non-profit Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District. Map & Registration available online or call 570.226.3865. Join us to support the lake! WallenpaupackWatershed.org

Arts & Crafts Fair, Hawley Silk Mill, Saturday, 11am-3pm. An open-air market with artists and crafters.

Family Activity Spot at Gresham’s Landing, Gresham’s Landing, Rt 6. Saturday, 11am-4pm. 570-226-3293. Enjoy Pirate Ship Bounce House, Fox MotorSports team race car. Get information on or donate to their car sponsors: PA State Police Camp Cadet & Autism. Face painting, kids tattoos and balloons compliments of Cathy’s Flower Cottage.

Boat Parade, Lake Wallenpaupack /Tafton Dike. Saturday, 4pm. 570-226-4518. A boat parade on Lake Wallenpaupack Sponsored by Chant Realtors.

Live Music by SideTracked & Motorcycle Bike Night, Penny Lane Candies & Candles, Downtown Hawley. Saturday, 4pm-8pm. 570-226-1987. Our first annual Bike Night to raise funds for our local animal shelters. This year, Dessin Animal Shelter, Honesdale, PA. Check out the Bikes, enjoy the music provided by SIDETRACKED and have a ‘Snack’ at the ‘Shack’. Donations are greatly appreciated! For more information, please check the News Page at PennyLaneCandies.com

Car Cruise of Hawley, The Dime Bank parking area. Saturday, 5pm-9pm. Come take a look at between 35-50 cars that will be cruisin’ with DJ Ricky Z the Pilot of the airways. Free Admission

Ice Cream Social & Live Marching Band Performance, AMSkier Insurance GazeboHawley,Saturday 6pm-7pmKick off the evening with ice cream donated by Coutts Ice Cream and live music by the Wallenpaupack H.S. Band. (Free)

 

Tour de Towpath, A Scenic Ride Along the Lackawaxen

The Lackawaxen River

The majestic Lackawaxen River runs through Pike County Pennsylvania.

This year’s ride will begin at the new Sawmill Cycles location in Hawley, across from the IGA,  with registration begining at 8:30am on Sunday, August 25th.  The 34-mile, round trip, journey will meander its way through scenic, forest-laden roads with the majority of the trek hugging the picturesque curves of the Lackawaxen River. Rider’s choice, when you reach the end of the journey near the historic Roebling Bridge in Lackawaxen you can opt to ride the 17 miles back to the lake or hop on the Sawmill shuttle for $10 per rider.  Bikes are rentable for $35.

Reservations are required for this event and must be made by 12pm on Friday, August 24th. To register and for more information, call 570-352-3444.

In 2010, the event planners for the first Wally Lake Fest anxiously awaited the weekend to commence, no one expected the tremendous turnout that was about to come. Much to every one’s pleasure and surprise, none more so than Dan and Jessica Corrigan, proprietors of Northeast Wilderness Experience and Sawmill Cycles, the community inspired a great turnout for the weekend. Dan and Jess were hosting the Tour de Towpath, a family-friendly, 17 mile bike tour along the stunning Lackawaxen River. Under little promotion and lots of uncertainty, the tour turned out nearly 40 rides of all ages and skill level.After a wash-out in 2011 thanks to the blustery hurricane Irene, the gang from Sawmill Cycles has been eagerly anticipating this year’s event. “The weather looks like it’s going to be outstanding for us and the interest level have been fantastic.” Dan Corrigan comments, “I think at this point we already have 40 riders signed up and we’ve got a few days left to go.”

The 2013 Tour de Towpath will give area residents and out-of-town adventure seekers a good taste of what Sawmill Cycles and NEWE have to offer. From kayaking, hiking and biking trips led by well-seasoned, professional guides to equipment rental, trial, purchase, maintenance and advice, the Corrigan’s offer an unrivaled level of experience and opportunity for the beginner looking to get outdoors to the ultimate adventurer.

Wally Lake Fest – In Moving Pictures

Here are two videos of Wally Lake Fest 2012, it will give you an idea of what to expect this year, except only this year will be DOUBLE!

Wally Lake Fest 2013: Park Once and Hop Aboard the Shuttle

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Wally Lake Fest 2013: Park Once and Hop Aboard the Shuttle

Wally Lake Fest: August 23-25, 2013

Prepared by Allison Mowatt

The Fourth Annual Wally Lake Fest is just a couple of weeks away and local residents and visitors are looking forward to celebrating the good times of summer on beautiful Lake Wallenpaupack with many activities from free sailboat rides and a boat parade to an open market fair and  a tour de towpath bike ride.

Wally Lake Fest takes place August 23rd through the 25th. Families and friends attend the action packed event celebrating this scenic lake and all it has to offer. The festival gives people the opportunity to have a blast out on the water and on dry land.  It’s also an ideal way to spend the last summer weekend together before back to school and the Labor Day holiday.

With many events offered at different locations, festival-goers may wonder how they can easily make it from one to the next without concerning themselves with searching for parking spots at each place. While a variety of activities are within walking distance of each other, there are some that require a short drive.

To make it possible for people to get the most out of their experience, a free shuttle bus will run every five to ten minutes on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A Hawley Silk Mill stop is available only on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This is a convenient new service, which allows people to park their car once as the free shuttle bus brings them around to many of the event locations. The route includes stops at these prime locations along Route 6: the PPL Environmental Learning Center, the Wallenpaupack Middle School, the Wallenpaupack High School, the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center and Gresham’s Landing.

Take advantage of this free shuttle and don’t miss any of the fantastic events planned!

Wally Lake Fest is proudly hosted by the Downtown Hawley Partnership and presented by Lighthouse Harbor Marina.

For more information, pick up a Wally Lake Fest brochure available at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center and other area businesses. The brochure lists the complete schedule of events for the entire weekend. Additional details and daily updates are posted on http://www.wallylakefest.com, and the Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/wallylakefest.

Wally Lake Fest – on Northeast Current

Check out this weeks episode of Northeast Current on IONtv featuring Keith Williams as he describes in detail some of the great events taking place this weekend during WALLY LAKE FEST!  The biggest lake festival in the Pocono Mountains!

Wally Lake Fest 2013: A Family Affair: Fun for All Ages

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Wally Lake Fest 2013: A Family Affair: Fun for All Ages

Wally Lake Fest: August 23-25, 2013

Prepared by Allison Mowatt

Wally Lake Fest is three days of fun, sun, sand and water on beautiful Lake Wallenpaupack and the surrounding region. From August 23rd through the 25th, people of all ages attend the weekend-long event celebrating the third largest man-made lake in the state and all its 52 miles of shoreline has to offer.

The action packed festival gives people the opportunity to have fun out on the water and enjoy themselves on dry land.  Wally Lake Fest is the perfect way to spend the last summer weekend together as a family before back to school and the Labor Day holiday. Who says summer can’t last just a little bit longer? On Lake Wally, it can!

This August marks the fourth year and it promises to be bigger and better than ever. The party gets started on Friday with a variety of live music at the local restaurants and pubs as well as a comedic play at the local playhouse. The live entertainment continues throughout the weekend.

The thrilling festival continues with fanfare on Saturday and Sunday. Some of the exciting activities planned include an open market fair, a motorcycle ride, a bike ride, a vintage bicycle show, canoe, kayak and standup paddleboard demos, kayak and standup paddleboard rentals, tube rentals,  an arts and crafts fair, PPL dam and powerhouse tours, tours of the local ice factory museum, a canal festival, pet adoptions, Lacawac Sanctuary historical tours, live music on a floating stage, fly casting demos, a boat, watercraft and outdoor show, a boat parade, free sailboat rides, a sailboat regatta race, a family activity spot complete with face painting, a Pirate Ship Bounce House and more, free samples of ice cream, fudge, and local wine, a car cruise, plenty of shopping, an ice cream social with homemade ice cream, several contests and much more.

Wally Lake Fest is a non-stop adventure in the Lake Region with a plethora of activities for the young and young at heart. Gather the family and spend the weekend on Lake Wallenpaupack, whether you live locally or are visiting the scenic area for the day or the entire weekend!

To make it possible for people to get the most out of their Wally Lake Fest experience, a free shuttle bus will run every five to ten minutes on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (with a Hawley Silk Mill stop available on Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wally Lake Fest is proudly hosted by the Downtown Hawley Partnership and presented by Lighthouse Harbor Marina.

For more information, pick up a Wally Lake Fest brochure available at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center and other area businesses. The brochure lists the complete schedule of events for the entire weekend. Additional details and daily updates are posted on http://www.wallylakefest.com, and the Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/wallylakefest.

Wally Lake Fest 2013: Register Now For These Events

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Wally Lake Fest 2013: Register Now For These Events

Wally Lake Fest: August 23-25, 2013

Prepared by Allison Mowatt

Hawley, PA. July 23, 2013. The fourth Annual Wally Lake Fest is shaping up to be non-stop, action-packed fun August 23rd through the 25th.  With brand new events and returning favorites on the itinerary, this is a summer celebration that brings people of all ages to beautiful Lake Wallenpaupack, which is the third largest lake in the state, and the surrounding Lake Region.

This is a unique part of the Pocono Mountains with no shortage of things to do including boating, fishing, swimming and parasailing on the lake as well as hiking, antiquing, dining, shopping, exploring and sight-seeing around every corner. The festival brings all of these elements together and adds even more excitement to the mix with more lake activities from a boat parade and free sailboat rides to live music right on the lake on top of a floating stage and canoe, kayak and stand up paddleboard demonstrations.

Some events require advance registration such as the Boat Parade, Tour de Towpath Bike Ride, Free Sailboat Rides and the Motorcycle “Ride for the Lake.” Wally Lake Fest is exactly a month away so sign up now to secure your spot!

The Boat Parade is one of the most anticipated events during Wally Lake Fest as people get creative and decorate their boats in a variety of fun themes and styles. The parade takes place on Saturday, August 24th at 4 p.m. with a rain date on Sunday, August 25th. Participants enter their boat to win prizes for “best dressed.” The first prize winner receives $1,000. Runner up prizes will be announced soon, so stay tuned. Trophies and prizes are also given to first, second and third place winners.

Registration is free and anyone interested in entering should call Abby at (570) 226-4518.  Spectators can watch these decked out boats as they parade around the lake. The parade route is mapped out in the Wally Lake Fest brochure. It starts at Sunny Point Cove and ends in front of the judge’s platform at the Tafton Dike. Viewers are encouraged to arrive at the Dike around 4:30 or 5 p.m. to catch this exciting show in time.

For those who prefer to stay on dry land, the Tour de Towpath Bike Ride may be the event for you! It’s another activity people enjoy participating in. On Sunday, August 25th, the Tour de Towpath runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The bike ride begins at Sawmill Cycles and continues along a beautiful route to the historic Zane Grey Museum on the scenic Lackawaxen River.  This is an approximate 16 to 32 mile road ride. Cyclists can choose a self-guided ride or leave with the group at 10 a.m. Shuttle service is available from the museum or people can ride back. Shuttle service is $10. Bike rentals are available for $35. People can pre-register or sign up the day of the event beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Sawmill Cycles in Hawley. For more information or to register, call (570) 352-3444.

The Free Sailboat Rides allow people to enjoy the open water as the wind and an experienced sailor guide the boat swiftly along. Seasoned sailors from the Pocono School of Sailing and the Paupack Sailing Club volunteer their time and boats to give people an experience they will remember fondly. The rides are offered on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.   Sailboats will depart from the Lighthouse Harbor Marina approximately every hour for a one hour, free sail, weather permitting. The marina is located on Route 507 about eight miles south from the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center. Reservations are required and the sailboats carry up to five passengers, plus the captain.  Spots are filling up quickly and there are only a few left! People are asked to call the Visitors Center at (570) 226-2141 to schedule their time slot.

See beautiful views of the Big Lake from a motorcycle while supporting an important cause! The Motorcycle “Ride for the Lake” takes place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants are asked to meet at the Wallenpaupack Area High School for an expanded 41 mile motorcycle ride around the lake. The event benefits the non-profit Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District, which studies the lake and protects it from pollution. Maps and registration are available on the Wally Lake Fest website or by calling (570) 226-3865. The rain date is Sunday.

These events fill up fast! Pre-register now and don’t miss out on these fun lake activities!

To make it possible for people to get the most out of their Wally Lake Fest experience, a free shuttle bus will run every five to ten minutes on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (with a Hawley Silk Mill stop available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wally Lake Fest is proudly hosted by the Downtown Hawley Partnership and presented by Lighthouse Harbor Marina.

For more information, pick up a Wally Lake Fest brochure available at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center and other area businesses. The brochure lists the complete schedule of events for the entire weekend. Additional details and daily updates are posted on http://www.wallylakefest.com, and Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/wallylakefest.