Downtown Hawley Partnership Announces Wally Lake Fest August 26 – 28, 2011

Kayaing on Lake Wallenpaupack
Wally Lake Fest Kayak Demo

Kayaking Demos on Lake Wallen Pauapck

The Downtown Hawley Partnership is excited to announce the 2nd Annual Wally Lake Fest. Last year’s event was a huge success! Area businesses had one of the busiest days of the summer; parking lots were full, the first Open Market Fair at the Visitors Center was packed with happy shoppers, the boat show was well attended and there were plenty of happy faces at the ice cream social in Hawley.

This year’s festival will feature events located throughout the Lake Region including the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center, Downtown Hawley, area businesses and on the lake.  The committee’s goal is to create another weekend full of events that embrace the pristine natural beauty and fun atmosphere of the lake as well as provide opportunities for local business to showcase their products and services, stimulate tourism and strengthen the community.

Friday night will kick-off with a music tour at the area restaurants. On Saturday and Sunday, there will be a celebration of talent at the Open Market Fair at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center.  The Market will feature independent art, music, food and design. The Boat Show will once again be taking place in the Wallenpaupack Area High School parking lot on Saturday and a breathtaking bike ride will leave from the Visitors Center on Sunday morning taking eager bikers down to the Lackawaxen River.

Lake Fest will also host a variety of outdoor experiences taking place along the shore and across the Lake Wallenpaupack Nature Trail. Visitors will learn about kayaking, canoeing, boating safety, sailing, the PPL Dam and more.

The grand Boat Parade, a Wallenpaupack favorite of years past, will be enhanced from last year to seek greater participation.  Individuals are encouraged to decorate their boats and enter into the judged parade on Saturday.

On Saturday night, people can visit the quaint Downtown Hawley to shop and dine at some of the best restaurants in the region.

For more information on sponsorships, hosting an event, decorating your boat for the parade, keeping your business open late on Saturday night, a booth at the Open Market Fair and/or facilitating an outdoor experience, contact the Wally Lake Fest committee at 570.226.2141 or

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