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 Weekend is Finally Upon us in the Pocono Mountains!

Here we are, the 8th annual Pocono Festival has finally reached us.  My how fast a year goes by.  Here is a pertinent information recap for your traveling needs.

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  • Shuttle buses will be running Saturday and Sunday
  • Saturday will have 2 routes, from the north end to downtown
  • Sunday will have 1 route just in the north end
  • View map for details and parking assistance
  • There will be brochures at the Visitor’s center, many vendor booths, at every bus stop and you’ll be able to find an insert in the NewsEagle as well that gives a high level overview of the weekend.
  • Many of these events are FREE!!!! for the public, some things have a minimal charge, but get out there and enjoy.  We’re so happy to have you.
  • Check us out on facebook for constant updates, twitter too, OH YEAH and we’re on instagram too because we’re really cool.
  • Last, but not least, please please please check out our sponsors, this couldn’t be possible without their support.

ENJOY THE WEEKEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wally Lake Fest 2016: Live Music and Activities all Weekend Long

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Wally Lake Fest 2016: Live Music and Activities all Weekend Long
Wally Lake Fest: August 26-28, 2016
Hawley, PA. August 15, 2016. 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 7th annual festival kicks off on Friday, August 26th 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 The Dock at Silver Birches Lakeside Luau from 4 to 9 p.m. with Hawaiian décor, music from Gone Crazy and a hula competition at 5 p.m. with prizes from Kona Brewing Company.  People can also head over to the Boat House Restaurant for an Evening Concert Series with Sachi Rodriguez from 5 to 8 p.m. on the deck and then Porter and Sayles from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
In Hawley, from 6 to 9 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., in the Boiler Room at the Hawley Silk Mill, Harmony Presents brings you Seth Glier and his accompaniment with multi-instrumentalist Joe Nerney. Tickets are $19 in advance and $22 general admission. In addition, at 8 p.m., The Ritz Company Playhouse on Keystone Street is showing “Amorous Ambassador”. 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 takes place on Saturday August 27th. Three 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 2 p.m., Gone Crazy performs, 2:30-5:30 p.m.; Harkland and from 5:30-8 p.m.; The May Babies. 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 4 to 8 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., Harmony Presents is excited to welcome Ari Hest, with piano, guitar, strings and thoughtful lyrics. The tickets are $19 in advance and $22 at the door. Also on Saturday, the Ritz is showing their comedy at 8 p.m. and Paulie Knakk performs at The Dock at Silver Birches 9 p.m. to midnight.
As the festival trickles to an end on Sunday, August 28th, the live entertainment still continues at The Dock at Silver Birches from 3 to 6 p.m. with The Pick-Up Artists, Serene Green at The Boathouse from 5 to 8 p.m., and Blues, Brews & BBQ at Glass—Wine. Bar. Kitchen at Ledges Hotel from 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy music by the Scott Weis Band, BBQ dishes and local craft beer samples. The beer and BBQ is $32.50 per person. There is no cover charge for just the music.
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, 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 available at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center and other area businesses. The brochure lists the complete schedule of events for the entire weekend.

Park Once and Hop Aboard the Shuttle

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Wally Lake Fest 2016: Park Once and Hop Aboard the Shuttle
Wally Lake Fest: August 26-28, 2016

Hawley, PA. August 3, 2016. The 7th 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 26th through the 28th. 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 weekend.

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 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. 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: Gresham’s Landing, the Wallenpaupack High School, the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center, the Hawley Silk Mill and in downtown Hawley. 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.

A Family Affair: Fun for All Ages

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Wally Lake Fest 2016
 A Family Affair: Fun for All Ages
Wally Lake Fest: August 26-28, 2016

Hawley, PA. August 1, 2016. Wally Lake Fest is three days of fun, sun, sand and water on beautiful Lake Wallenpaupack and the surrounding region. From August 26th through the 28th, 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 seventh 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, kayak and standup paddleboard demos, various artisan and craft fairs, a wild mushroom walk, a beer tasting, live music on a floating stage, fly casting demos, a boat, watercraft and outdoor show, free tastings of local cheeses, sand sculpture contests, train rides, a boat parade, sailboat rides, a sailboat regatta race, a kids activity zone complete with face painting, kids tattoos, balloons and more, 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, 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.

Wally Lake Fest 2016: Register Now For These Events

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Wally Lake Fest 2016: Register Now For These Events
Wally Lake Fest: August 26-28, 2016

Hawley, PA. July 26, 2016. The 7th Annual Wally Lake Fest is shaping up to be non-stop, action-packed fun August 26th through the 28th. 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 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 27th. 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. There will be a total of $3,000 in cash prizes and thousands of dollars in additional prizes, so 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. The parade route is mapped out in the Wally Lake Fest brochure. Spectators can watch these decked out boats as they parade around the lake. Registration is free and anyone interested in entering should call (570) 226-4518.
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 28th, 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. Shuttle service is available from the museum or people can ride back. Shuttle return service is $5. Bike rentals are available for $35. For more information or to pre-register, visit www.Bikereg.com, or 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 beginning at 10 a.m. 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 online or call (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, 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 available 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: 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 2016: New Events Announcement
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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