Wally Lake Fest 2013: Returning Events!

Preparations for this year’s Wally Lake Fest are in full swing. The highly anticipated three-day festival from August 23rd through the 25th 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 fourth year. While it is still a newer event, it’s 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 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, 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 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.

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.  The Dam tours are only offered during Wally Lake Fest, so anyone interested in learning about the lake’s important role in generating electricity is encouraged to check it out.

Both days, the Boat, Watercraft and Outdoor Show 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 free 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. Reservations are required and boats fill up quickly. Call the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center at (570) 226-2141.

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 at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

A returning crowd pleaser is the Battle of the Bands. This event debuted last year and was a big hit. On Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., several bands perform right on the water on top of a floating stage near the Dike and Visitors Center. The bands scheduled are Gone Crazy, George Wesley Band and Tommy Guns Band.  People are invited to drop anchor and listen on the lake from their boats, lay out on the Dike while soaking up the sun and tunes, or rent a tube from Northeast Wilderness Experience and watch from the beach.  Tube rentals are available from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

On Sunday, the Tour de Towpath Bike Ride takes off from Sawmill Cycles 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 9 a.m. People can choose a self guided ride or bike with the group (the group leaves at 10 a.m.) 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 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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