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Wally Lake Fest 2017 Brochure

Wally Lake Fest 2017 Brochure

Our Wally Lake Fest 2017 Brochure is off to the printers and will soon be available at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitor’s Center and all around town. Can’t wait? You can take a sneak peek right now online to see the line up for 2017. Click here to check out all the fun this year’s festivities will hold including Wallypalooza, the Boat Parade, Ride for the Lake, Craft & Vendor Fairs, Boat & Outdoor Show, Live Music all over town, a Free Shuttle Bus and more!

Wally Lake Fest 2015: Returning Events

Preparations for this year’s Wally Lake Fest are in full swing. The highly anticipated three-day festival from August 28-30 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 sixth year and it’s 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 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, 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 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 Expo at the Wallenpaupack Area High School allow boat enthusiasts the opportunity to view beautiful boats, watercraft and ATVs.  People can enjoy vendors and food stands in between browsing.  In addition, many local marinas display some of their products. The show is from 10 a.m. to 5 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 is asked, which will support the American Red Cross.

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 win fantastic prizes for the best “dressed” boats with the first place winner receiving $1,000. Have fun and get creative! The parade begins around 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and spectators can see the boats go past the Dike at approximately 2 p.m.

A returning crowd pleaser is the Battle of the Bands. This event debuted two years ago and was a big hit. On Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., two bands perform right on the water on top of a floating stage near the Dike and Visitors Center. The bands scheduled are Eric Rudy & Friends and Barely Covered. 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. Shuttle service is provided from Zane Grey or cyclists can bike back.  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Visitors Center. People can pre-register or sign up the day of the event.  Bike rentals are available for $35. The shuttle service is $10.

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!

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 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.

Wally Lake Fest 2012: A Weekend Full of Fun for All

Wally Lake Fest 2012: A Weekend Full of Fun for All
Wally Lake Fest: August 24-26, 2012
Prepared by: Allison Mowatt
Hawley, PA. August 14, 2012. It’s nearly here. Wally Lake Fest 2012 is almost a week away and the excitement is mounting as residents, visitors, business owners and merchants look forward to three days full of non-stop fun and adventure. Lake Wallenpaupack and its surrounding area provides outdoor recreational opportunities all year round and its natural beauty has brought people here either as residents or visitors for decades.
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This is the festival’s third year and it’s quickly becoming one of the biggest events in the Pocono Mountains. Wally Lake Fest organizers decided a big festival at the end of the summer would help prolong the fun in and around the lake before back to school and the busy Labor Day holiday weekend.
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From August 24th through the 26th, Wally Lake Fest fans and newbies can expect events for people of all ages on the water and on dry land. Friday is the night for live entertainment as area restaurants feature musicians playing everything from jazz to rock. The Ritz Company Playhouse will also hold a showing of “Bingo!” a farce by Allan Stratton, beginning at 8 p.m.
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Saturday is chock full of fun activities including the Open Market Fair from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center, the Boat, Watercraft and Seadoo Show at the Wallenpaupack Area High School from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. where there will be a pirate  bounce house and free balloons for the kids, kayak trials, PPL Dam and Power House Tours, Fly Tying Demos, tours of the Ice Works Factory and Ice Museum, Battle of the Bands, a sand sculpture contest, kite flying, free samples of fudge and wine, fly casting demos, an ice cream social and much more.
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Sunday continues the fun with a repeat of some of Saturday’s events and a couple of Sunday only activities such as a lakeside breakfast buffet at Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort and a wing eating contest at Crazy Fingers Restaurant.  In addition, live music is offered in the evening at the Boat House Restaurant, Glass Wine Bar and Bistro at Ledges Hotel and “Bingo!” at The Ritz Company Playhouse.
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The free sailboat rides is a popular event and quickly sold out.  Several events that required pre-registration are still accepting reservations, so hurry and make sure to get a spot. These events are the Motorcycle “Ride for the Lake”, a brand new event, the Tour de Towpath Bike Ride and the Boat Parade (by flores).  The “Ride for the Lake” and Boat Parade both take place on Saturday.
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The Motorcycle “Ride for the Lake”, a brand new event, is from 10 a.m. to noon and participants are asked to meet at the Wallenpaupack Area High School for a 29 mile ride around the lake. Registration information and a map detailing the route are available online or by calling (570) 226-3865.
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The Boat Parade is one of the most anticipated events during Wally Lake Fest.  People enter their boat to win prizes for “best dressed” and some prizes include $200 gift certificates at local restaurants, a wakeboard, rope and Instructional DVD from The Boat Shop, Airhead Rebel Tube from 1st Klas Marina and Parasailing for two from Lighthouse Harbor Marina.  The parade starts at 4 p.m. and the parade route begins near Shuman’s Point and continues down to the Tafton Dike. The rain date for the parade is Sunday. Boat registration is free and people interested in entering should call Abby Pittenger at (570) 226-4518.
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The Tour de Towpath is on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The tour begins at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center and continues along the Towpath Road, which borders the scenic Lackawaxen River, about 17 miles away.  Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the ride begins at 11 a.m. For more information or to register, call (570) 352-3444 or email sawmillcycles@gmail.com.
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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! For more information, check out our online brochure!

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