Wally Lake Fest 2016: Returning Events Wally Lake Fest: August 26-28, 2016
Preparations for this year’s Wally Lake Fest are in full swing. The highly anticipated three-day festival from August 26-28 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 seventh year and it’s 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, The Dock at Silver Birches, 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 Show at the Wallenpaupack Area High School allow boat enthusiasts the opportunity to view beautiful boats and other watercraft. People can enjoy vendors and food stands in between browsing. Also, free face painting and live entertainment add to the fun. In addition, many local marinas display some of their products. The show is from 10 a.m. to 4 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 per person will support a local charity.
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 can win thousands in cash in prizes for the best “dressed” boats with the first place winner receiving $3,000. Have fun and get creative! The parade line-up begins around 11 a.m. and judging at the Wallenpaupack Dike at approximately 2 p.m.
A returning crowd pleaser is Wallypalooza. On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., three bands perform right on the water on top of a floating stage near the Dike and Visitors Center. The bands scheduled are Gone Crazy, Harkland and The May Babies. 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. A $5 shuttle service is provided from Zane Grey or cyclists can bike back. There is a $25 registration fee and participants can pre-register online www.Bikereg.com. Bike rentals are available for $35.
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! Shuttle busses are available Saturday and Sunday with various stops around the lake and in downtown Hawley, making it easier for people to get the most out of their experience.
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.