Wally Lake Fest 2013: Register Now For These Events

Wally Lake Fest 2013: Register Now For These Events

Wally Lake Fest: August 23-25, 2013

Prepared by Allison Mowatt

Hawley, PA. July 23, 2013. The fourth Annual Wally Lake Fest is shaping up to be non-stop, action-packed fun August 23rd through the 25th.  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 free 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, Free Sailboat Rides 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 24th at 4 p.m. with a rain date on Sunday, August 25th. Participants enter their boat to win prizes for “best dressed.” The first prize winner receives $1,000. Runner up prizes will be announced soon, so stay tuned. Trophies and prizes are also given to first, second and third place winners.

Registration is free and anyone interested in entering should call Abby at (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. It starts at Sunny Point Cove and ends in front of the judge’s platform at the Tafton Dike. Viewers are encouraged to arrive at the Dike around 4:30 or 5 p.m. to catch this exciting show in time.

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 25th, the Tour de Towpath runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The bike ride begins at Sawmill Cycles 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. at Sawmill Cycles in Hawley. For more information or to register, call (570) 352-3444.

The Free Sailboat Rides allow people to enjoy the open water as the wind and an experienced sailor guide the boat swiftly along. Seasoned sailors from the Pocono School of Sailing and the Paupack Sailing Club volunteer their time and boats to give people an experience they will remember fondly. The rides are offered on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.   Sailboats will depart from the Lighthouse Harbor Marina approximately every hour for a one hour, free sail, weather permitting. The marina is located on Route 507 about eight miles south from the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center. Reservations are required and the sailboats carry up to five passengers, plus the captain.  Spots are filling up quickly and there are only a few left! People are asked to call the Visitors Center at (570) 226-2141 to schedule their time slot.

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. The rain date is Sunday.

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, a free shuttle bus will run every five to ten minutes on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (with a Hawley Silk Mill stop available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and on Sunday from 10 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. Additional details and daily updates are posted on http://www.wallylakefest.com, and Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/wallylakefest.

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