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 for 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 will 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 great restaurants in our area.

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 2016: The Place for Outdoor Adventure

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Wally Lake Fest 2016: The Place for Outdoor Adventure
Wally Lake Fest: August 26-28, 2016

Hawley, PA. July 20, 2016. Wally Lake Fest is an annual event celebrating beautiful Lake Wallenpaupack and the surrounding lake region. The last weekend in August promises endless fun for people of all ages with exciting activities and events scheduled throughout August 26th through the 28th.
Since Wally Lake Fest honors the “big” lake’s natural scenic beauty and the many recreational opportunities it provides from boating to biking, there will be an abundance of outdoor adventures residents and visitors can participate in.  The great thing about these activities is people don’t have to be athletes to take part in them because there is something for everyone with all skill levels. The most important thing is to have a blast while doing them. Some of these fun outdoor adventures happen right on the lake or beach, while others venture farther out into the lake’s surrounding area.
Whether bike riding or enjoying sailboat rides, outdoor enthusiasts can look forward to three days of enjoying all that Wally Lake Fest has to offer. There will be a Motorcycle “Ride for the Lake” with a 41 mile ride around the lake, Stand Up Paddleboard and Kayak Demos with on and in-water trials, Wallypalooza (formerly called Battle of the Bands) with live music ON the lake on top of a floating stage, Sailboat Rides, a Sailboat Regatta Race featuring the Paupack Sailing Club, a Boat, Watercraft and Outdoor Show, an Open Market Fair, a Boat Parade, a Wild Mushroom Walk, a Tour De Towpath Bike Ride, and much more! To make it possible for people to get the most out of their Wally Lake Fest experience, multiple free shuttle buses will run throughout the weekend, making a variety of stops. On Saturday, three buses will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, two will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. So park your car once and take the free shuttle around to the many different activities.
Wally Lake Fest is proudly hosted by the Downtown Hawley Partnership and presented by Lighthouse Harbor Marina.
For more detailed information, pick up a Wally Lake Fest brochure at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center and other area businesses. The brochure lists the complete schedule of events for the entire weekend.

2016 New Events Announcement

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Wally Lake Fest: August 26-28, 2016

Hawley, PA. July 7, 2016. The highly anticipated 7th Annual Wally Lake Fest is a little over a month away and the excitement is mounting for this three day festival celebrating summer fun on Lake Wallenpaupack and around its shoreline with a multitude of activities from sailboat rides and a boat parade to an open market fair and  a tour de towpath bike ride.
Several new events have been added to the itinerary this year and it’s shaping up to be the best yet with additional shuttle busses and stops and even more live music. A few new additions include:
*Eat Some Fudge, Taste a Beer, Win a Souvenir at The General Store on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Stop in for unique Wally Lake Fest souvenirs, homemade fudge samplings, beer tastings and prize giveaways.
*Wild Mushroom Walk at Lacawac Sanctuary on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. The Delaware Highlands Mushroom Society shares a wealth of knowledge in how wild edibles are enjoyed by wildlife and humans. This is a short distance walk and comfortable shoes are recommended. Be sure to register for this event by calling (570) 689-9494 or contact educator@lacawac.org.  The walk is $10 per person and $5 for members.
*Making Music Matter for Kids Concert at Tanglwood Resorts on Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. This concert supports local disadvantaged and low income youth music program opportunities for success based on passion; not income. Get ready for live music, food, games, raffles and vendors.  This event is $35 per person. Children four and under are free.
*Wally Fest Express in Downtown Hawley and Honesdale on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. Hop on the train for the evening festivities in downtown Hawley. Arrive in Hawley in time for Saturday evening activities like the ice cream social, live music and car cruise. Many shops will be open late or grab a bite to eat at one of the local eateries! The return trip to Honesdale boards at 7 p.m.  The ride is $20 for adults (13 and up), $10 for 12 years and under and free for children two year and under.  For more details, call (570) 470-2697.
*Wally Beer Fest at Gresham’s Chop House on Saturday from 2 to 8 p.m. Enjoy a number of drafts from local and national breweries.  Sip a cocktail or a beer as the live music from Wallypalooza plays across the street.
Back again is the popular Sand Sculpture Contest! Held on Saturday at the Palmyra Township Public Beach from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., this allows people to get creative with sand and make some amazing sand creations.  This is $5 per person or $10 per team.
The boat parade is a boating event people love whether they enter and decorate their own boat or watch from the shoreline. This year, there are even more categories (which will include PWCs) and additional prize money and awards!  Boat registration is free and entrants can win thousands in cash in prizes for the best “dressed” boats. Have fun and get creative! The parade line-up begins around 11 a.m. and judging at the Wallenpaupack Dike at approximately 2 p.m.
To make it possible for people to get the most out of their Wally Lake Fest experience, multiple free shuttle buses will run throughout the weekend, making a variety of stops. On Saturday, three buses will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, two will run from 11 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 at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center and other area businesses. The brochure lists the complete schedule of events for the entire weekend.

Wally Lake Fest 2016: Returning Events

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Wally Lake Fest 2016: Returning Events
Wally Lake Fest: August 26-28, 2016

Preparations for this year’s Wally Lake Fest are in full swing. The highly anticipated three-day festival from August 26-28 celebrates ultimate fun on beautiful Lake Wallenpaupack as well as in and around the Lake Region with activities and events for people of all ages from boat parades to craft shows and ice cream socials to kayak demonstrations.
This year marks Wally Lake Fest’s seventh year and it’s widely known as the biggest festival celebrating the Big Lake and the tail end of the summer season.  Residents and visitors flock to the shoreline and glistening waters to participate in the many scheduled water activities and also have a blast on dry land. There are many returning events people look forward to including the open market fair, the boat, watercraft and outdoor show, live music ON the lake, sailboat rides, the boat parade, the tour de towpath bike ride and many others.
On Friday, Wally Lake Fest officially kicks off in a celebratory way as the local restaurants, pubs and other establishments feature a variety of live entertainment including The Settlers Inn, The Boat House Restaurant, The Dock at Silver Birches, and The Ritz Theater. Live music is also scheduled for the rest of the weekend.
On Saturday and Sunday, The Open Market Fair takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center as local artisans and crafters showcase their wares and handmade products from maple syrup to soaps.
Both days, the Boat, Watercraft and Outdoor Show at the Wallenpaupack Area High School allow boat enthusiasts the opportunity to view beautiful boats and other watercraft.  People can enjoy vendors and food stands in between browsing.  Also, free face painting and live entertainment add to the fun.  In addition, many local marinas display some of their products. The show is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
One of the most popular Wally Lake Fest events is the sailboat rides, which are offered on Saturday. People who always wanted to sail but may not know how to themselves can experience this thrilling sport at Lighthouse Harbor Marina from 1 to 4 p.m.  The lake is appreciated in all its glory as the wind whips the sails and the boats glide through the glistening water.  The sailboats depart approximately every hour for a one hour sail.  Members of the Paupack Sailing Club enthusiastically volunteer their time, boats and skill to give people a one-of-a-kind experience on the lake. Reservations are required and start on July 31st at 10 a.m.   Call the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center at (570) 226-2141. Voice messages are not accepted. Boats fill up quickly so be sure to reserve your spot early!  A $5 donation per person will support a local charity.
The boat parade is another boating event people love whether they enter and decorate their own boat or watch from the shoreline.  Boat registration is free and entrants can win thousands in cash in prizes for the best “dressed” boats with the first place winner receiving $3,000. Have fun and get creative! The parade line-up begins around 11 a.m. and judging at the Wallenpaupack Dike at approximately 2 p.m.
A returning crowd pleaser is Wallypalooza. On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., three bands perform right on the water on top of a floating stage near the Dike and Visitors Center. The bands scheduled are Gone Crazy, Harkland and The May Babies. People are invited to drop anchor and listen on the lake from their boats, sit on the Dike while soaking up the sun and tunes or stroll along the walking trail, which spans a mile and a half from the Dike to the dam.
On Sunday, the Tour de Towpath Bike Ride takes off from the Visitors Center for a beautiful 16-32 mile road ride to the Zane Grey Museum along the Lackawaxen River. A $5 shuttle service is provided from Zane Grey or cyclists can bike back.  There is a $25 registration fee and participants can pre-register online www.Bikereg.com. Bike rentals are available for $35.
These favorite events and more are making a comeback for another weekend of Wally Lake Fest fun. Be sure not to miss out on these exciting activities! Shuttle busses are available Saturday and Sunday with various stops around the lake and in downtown Hawley, making it easier for people to get the most out of their experience.
Wally Lake Fest is proudly hosted by the Downtown Hawley Partnership and presented by Lighthouse Harbor Marina.
Additional details and daily updates are posted on the website, http://www.wallylakefest.com, and the Facebook page, so be sure to check it out http://www.facebook.com/wallylakefest.   Pick up a Wally Lake Fest brochure at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center or other area businesses.
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Our 2016 Brochure is DONE!

2016 WLF BROCHURE – FINAL

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We are excited to share our 2016 Wally Lake Fest brochure with all of you! Most of our 2015 events returned with a few new additions. We’ve expanded our boat parade to include three categories with awesome prizes! There is live music everywhere during the festival including our Wallypalooza back again with bands floating on Lake Wallenpaupack. We have three open market fairs, free demos, giveaways, and more. Our Boat, Watercraft and Outdoor show is returning, as well as our sailboat rides, and new this year check out the Wally Fest Express!

Check out all we have to offer and we’ll see you August 26th-28th.

Thank you to Lighthouse Harbor Marina and the Downtown Hawley Partnership for being our presenting sponsors.

Calling Vendors for WLF

If you’re looking to be a vendor during Wally Lake Fest you can register here for placement at Wallenpaupack Area High School:

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And if you’re looking to be an Arts and Crafts vendor you can register here for placement at The Hawley Silk Mill:

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2016 Planning is Underway!

Feels like winter’s grip is loosening up a bit now (not that it was really a crazy winter anyway, pretty much a DUD if you ask anyone who lives around the lake… no ice fishing, no snowshoeing, skiing was off pretty bad… I never even had to shovel my driveway all winter – holdout on that snowblower pays off again! – WOW I really digress here…).

Spring fever has set in, so that means Wally Lake Fest planning is in full swing.  BUT, for those of you reading this, Wally Lake Fest would be nothing with out our incredible sponsors who support us but even more so are the community-first businesses who host events to bring people out and have a great weekend.  SO! We need our friends and neighbors in the Hawley Pennsylvania network of businesses to come out and show us even more support this year for a phenomenal 8th Annual Wally Lake Fest!

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The official deadline for Sponsors and Events is May 15th, 2016, to guarantee inclusion in our 2016 brochure, the most influential marketing piece of the festival, with over 30,000 copies distributed.  We hope you’ll be a part of this great event, the largest event in the lake region!


And if you’re looking to be a vendor during Wally Lake Fest you can register here for placement at Wallenpaupack Area High School:

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Wally Lake Fest 2015: Live Music and Activities all Weekend Long

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Hawley, PA. August 17, 2015. It’s nearly here. Wally Lake Fest is just days away and people are anticipating three days of non-stop fun and adventure.

The festival is one of the biggest events in the Pocono Mountains. It prolongs summer fun before back to school and the busy Labor Day holiday weekend.

 If you love live music, you won’t want to miss what’s planned this year. The 6th annual festival kicks off on Friday, August 28th with an evening of music and entertainment around the lake and in downtown Hawley.

The lakeside restaurants will have music and of all genres, food and fun. Immerse yourself in the Hawaiian spirit during Ehrhardt’s Pub’s Lakeside Luau from 4 to 6 p.m. with Hawaiian décor, festive appetizers and drink specials. The band The Quake will rock out in the pub from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The Hawaiian theme will last all night, so be sure to stop in anytime. People can also head over to the Boat House Restaurant for an Evening Concert Series with Dave McBride on the deck and Erin McClelland Duo in the bar.

In Hawley, from 6 to 10 p.m., the Settlers Inn’s on Main Avenue is featuring their popular Jazz on the Deck. There will be live jazz music with Spencer and Nancy Reed Quartet performing from 6 to 9 p.m Reservations are strongly suggested for the meal, which includes a special BBQ menu buffet for $39. Cocktail service is available in the garden. There is no cover charge for the music. Beginning at 8 p.m. at the Cocoon Coffee House, Harmony Presents brings you Comedy Night featuring Kate Wolff. Doors open at 7:45. In addition, at 8 p.m., The Ritz Company Playhouse on Keystone Street is showing “Arsenic & Old Lace,” a classic comedy.

Lake Wallenpaupack is a popular attraction and each season it draws numerous people to the Lake Region. The sparkling waters provide an endless amount of water activities from swimming to parasailing and boating to fishing. But these are not the only activities that can be done on the lake.

You can also listen to live music right ON the water. That’s right—Wallypalooza, formerly known as Battle of the Bands, takes place on Saturday August 29th. Two bands will perform throughout the day on a floating stage in front of the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center and the Tafton Dike.  From 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., local favorites Eric Rudy & Friends and Barely Covered bring the music out of the restaurants and pubs and onto the lake: the source of the celebration. This free event allows people to listen to live music as they participate in the festivities happening around the lake.

The entertainment continues throughout Saturday evening in downtown Hawley with a Car Cruise in the Dime Bank parking area and Keystone Street from 5 to 9 p.m. featuring DJ Ricky Z.  From 6 to 7 p.m., students from the Wallenpaupack High School Marching Band entertain in the AMSkier Insurance Agency gazebo during the popular Ice Cream Social with homemade ice cream provided by Coutts. Beginning at 8 p.m. inside the Boiler Room in the Hawley Silk Mill, Harmony Presents is excited to welcome the Matt Nakoa Trio, a captivating artist whose style is comparable to the lush romanticism of Josh Groban. This intimate performance is $15 to $20 and doors open at 7:45 p.m. Visit www.silkmillharmony.com to purchase advance tickets. Cocoon Coffee House caters wine, beer and snacks at the show. Also on Saturday, the Ritz is showing their comedy at 8 p.m. and the band Harkland plays in Ehrhardt’s Pub from 9 p.m. to midnight.

As the festival trickles to an end on Sunday, August 30th, the live entertainment still continues at:

Palmyra Township Beach from noon to 6 p.m. with Rock School—Making Music Matter for Kids with live music from Rock School’s performing arts students. Enjoy picnicking, swimming, barbeques, raffles music lesson giveaways and fun crafts for kids.

Glass—Wine. Bar. Kitchen at Ledges Hotel from 2 to 5 p.m. and 5:30 to 9 p.m. with Blues, Brews & BBQ featuring Merchants of Groove. No cover charge for music but the BBQ and local craft beer samples are $32.50 per person. Reservations are recommended. (570) 226-1337

The Carriage House at Lacawac Sanctuary at 3 p.m. with The Young Geezers, a folk, gospel and bluegrass trio. Registration is appreciated. The event is $15 per person and $10 for members. (570) 689-9494

Boat House from 5 to 8 p.m. with the Nichole Granville Duo.

The Ritz Company Playhouse at 8 p.m. featuring Arsenic & Old Lace.

Head to the Big Lake for Wally Lake Fest to see what all of the buzz is about and don’t miss out on the biggest festival of the summer!

To make it possible for people to get the most out of their Wally Lake Fest experience, free shuttle buses will run on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. So park your car once and take free shuttles all day.

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 the Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/wallylakefest.

Wally Lake Fest 2015: Park Once and Hop Aboard the Shuttle

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Hawley, PA. August 12, 2015. The 6th Annual Wally Lake Fest is just a few 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 sailboat rides and a boat parade to an open market fair and  a tour de towpath bike ride.

Wally Lake Fest takes place August 28th through the 30th. 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, free shuttle buses will run on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This is a convenient 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 Environmental Learning Center, 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 the Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/wallylakefest.

 

Wally Lake Fest 2015: Celebrating the Big Lake in a Big Way

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Wally Lake Fest 2015: Celebrating the Big Lake in a Big Way

By Allison Mowatt

The highly anticipated 6th Annual Wally Lake Fest is just weeks away and excitement is mounting for this three day festival of summer fun on beautiful Lake Wallenpaupack and throughout the Lake Region with a multitude of activities for people of all ages from sailboat rides, a boat parade and hydroelectric dam tours, to an open market fair, a tour de towpath bike ride and a family activity spot.

Wally Lake Fest takes place August 28th through the 30th and it’s considered the biggest festival celebrating the Big Lake and the tail end of the summer season.  Residents and visitors flock to the shores and glistening waters to participate in the many scheduled water activities and have a blast on dry land.

Mark your calendars and get ready for non-stop action. It’s shaping up to be the best year yet with Yoga at Lacawac Sanctuary, a “Hemlock Hollow School 1890 Experience”, Wally Fest Express The Stourbridge Line Train, rides,  free shuttle buses and even more live music and entertainment.

The Yoga at Lacawac takes place on Saturday at noon and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. People can enjoy a restorative yoga session with Diane Rixner on Lacawac Sanctuary’s serene grounds. Classes are $8. For registration information and the option to include reiki sessions and overnight accommodations, visit Lacawac Sanctuary’s website or call (570) 689-9494.

The “Hemlock Hollow School 1890 Experience” is in memory of beloved local historian and educator Thomas H. Kennedy. From 12 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, relive what it was like to be a student in 1890 under the tutelage of the School Master (played by Sandy Gabrielson). School is in session on the hour from noon to 4:30 p.m.  This event also includes free horse drawn wagon rides and petting zoo provided by Black Horse Farms. In addition, the fun also encompasses period themed actors, activities, food, popcorn, cotton candy, a flea market and face painting.  The “Hemlock Hollow School 1890 Experience” is at 1202 Avoy Road in Lakeville.  For more information, call (570) 226-2200.

Also on Saturday, festival goers can take a ride on the historic Stourbridge Line between 5 and 8 p.m. Travel to Hawley in style, just in time for the evening’s activities. At 4 p.m., climb aboard the train in Honesdale and enjoy a leisurely ride to downtown Hawley. The train departs Hawley at 7 p.m. to head back to Honesdale.

There is plenty of live entertainment throughout the weekend. Laugh your heart out with the comedy Arsenic & Old Lace, held at The Ritz Company Playhouse in Hawley all three nights, beginning at 8 p.m. Enjoy The Young Geezers American Music Concert at the Carriage House at Lacawac Sanctuary on Sunday at 3 p.m. Listen to this melodic folk, gospel and bluegrass trio, who’ve been playing at Lacawac for the past six years.

Wallypalooza, formerly known as “Battle of the Bands”, debuted three years ago and was a big hit. On Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., a couple of bands perform right on the water on top of a floating stage in front of Dike and Visitors Center. The bands scheduled are Eric Rudy & Friends (rock and roll and classic rock) and Barely Covered (Jimmy Buffet inspired music). People are invited to drop anchor and listen on the lake from their boats, lay out on the Dike while soaking up the sun and tunes, or cruise the lake on a rented kayak or Stand up paddleboard (SUP) provided by Wallenpaupack Boat Tour and Boat Rentals. One hour is $10 and is based on availability.  In addition, there will be a tent and chairs set up at the beach for people to sit and listen to the bands in comfort.

The kids love the Family Activity Spot at Gresham’s Landing, which takes place on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Both days, there will be two Pirate Ship Bounce Houses, a slide, face painting, kids tattoos, balloons and a variety of local discounts.

Other exciting events lined up are the Friends and Family Open House at Miss Elly’s Antiques/The Village Bath on Church Street in Hawley, held on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. with complimentary refreshments, discounts and other fun things in-store, the Motorcycle “Ride for the Lake” from 10 a.m. to noon at the Wallenpaupack Area High School, the Boat, Watercraft and Outdoor Show on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., also at the high school with displays exhibits, food stands, and free face painting, and plenty of live music at area restaurants and more.

To make it possible for people to get the most out of their Wally Lake Fest experience, multiple free shuttle buses will run throughout the weekend, making a variety of stops.

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 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 the Facebook page, so be sure to check it out at http://www.facebook.com/wallylakefest.

 

Wally Lake Fest 2015: Register Now For These Events

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Hawley, PA. July 27, 2015. The 6th Annual Wally Lake Fest is shaping up to be non-stop, action-packed fun August 28th through the 30th. 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 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, 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 29th. Participants enter their boat to win prizes for “best dressed.” The first prize winner receives $1,000. Trophies and other prizes are also awarded.  Registration is free and anyone interested in entering should call (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. Boats assemble at Shuman’s Point around 11:30 a.m. and arrive at the Tafton Dike at approximately 2 p.m.

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 30th, the Tour de Towpath runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The bike ride begins at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center 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. For more information or to register, call (570) 352-3444.

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.

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, free shuttle buses will run on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. So park your car once and take free shuttles all day.

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 Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/wallylakefest.

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