A Poconos Festival Unlike Any Other!

Open Market Fair
Open Market Fair

The Open Market Fair, Saturday and Sunday provides a great outlet for unique shopping.

Wally Lake Fest 2012: Returning Events

A Poconos Festival Unlike Any Other!

Preparations for this year’s Wally Lake Fest are in full swing. The highly anticipated three-day festival from August 24th through the 26th celebrates fun on beautiful Lake Wallenpaupack and 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 third year so while it is still a new event, it is one that is unique and now widely known as the biggest festival celebrating the Big Lake and the tail end of the summer season.  Residents and visitors flock to the sandy shores and glistening waters to participate in the many scheduled water activities and have fun on dry land. There are many returning events people can look forward to including the open market fair, the boat, watercraft and Seadoo show, live music, tours of the Dam, free 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, Gresham’s Chop House, Ehrhardt’s Pub 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 6 p.m. at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center where local artisans and crafters showcase their wares and handmade products from maple syrup to soaps.
Also on Saturday and Sunday, The PPL Dam and Power House Tours at the PPL Environmental Learning Center run continuously throughout the day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. These guided tours allow people an in-depth look into how this hydroelectric plant operates.
On Saturday, the Boat, Watercraft and ATV Show is held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wallenpaupack Area High School. Here, people can view beautiful boats, watercraft and ATVs.  In addition, Lighthouse Harbor Marina, 1st Klas Marina and The Boat Shop will have products on display.
Another Saturday event gives people who always wanted to sail but may not know how to themselves the opportunity to do so with free sailboat rides 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 boat parade is another boating event people look forward to whether they enter and decorate their own boat or watch from the shoreline.  Boat registration is free and entrants win prizes for the best “dressed” boats (by rudy). The parade begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday. The rain date is Sunday, August 26th.
On Sunday, the Tour de Towpath Bike Ride takes off from the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center at 11 a.m. This 17 mile one-way, 34 mile round-trip bicycle ride continues down to the Lackawaxen River. Registration begins at 9 a.m. For those who don’t have their own bike, rentals are provided and people are asked to reserve a bike before noon on August 24th by calling (570) 352-3444. In addition, a shuttle service is provided for people who only want to bike the one-way trip. People are asked to pack a lunch for the afternoon.
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!

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