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July 20, 2013

'Whitewater game on, Governor'



The Adirondack Challenge comes toward the end of a week of summer celebrations throughout towns in Hamilton County, with festivals, music, movies, art shows, historic tours, street dances and even cardboard boat races. 

“The culmination roars to a grand finale through the next two days.

The New York State Outdoor Guides Association encampment is in Indian Lake this year with lots of information about outdoor-guide training.

An antique and classic car show rolls into the hamlet on Saturday, along with a fiddler’s fair, farmers market and a street dance.

“There is a lot going on in Indian Lake, with a block dance Saturday night, the Knights of Columbus chicken barbecue and then the Indian Lake Volunteer Fire Department barbecue on Sunday,” Farber said of his county’s festivities. 

“There will be free music in Byron Park, a big Taste of New York tent on the (Indian River) spillway with vendors from all over the state. It’s a huge festival. 

“The communities worked very hard together to make this event benefit everyone in the entire region.”


Lake Placid Visitor and Convention Bureau President Jim McKenna said the festival really pooled resources from towns and villages in the central Adirondack Park.

“This was a unifying effort for the two counties (Hamilton and Essex) totally inside the park’s borders. A lot of good people have kicked in and done a lot of good work,” he said.

Central to planning efforts were staff from the Adirondack Watershed Alliance, the Hudson River Professional Outfitters Association and Empire State Development.

At 3 p.m. Sunday, winners of the annual Flatwater Challenge and of the Governor’s Invitational Challenge will be announced in Byron Park.

Find the complete Adirondack Wild schedule at:

On Monday, after all that is Adirondack Wild ends, Cuomo will face off with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a race down the Indian River. 

Several area officials are also slated to compete in that event.

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On his Facebook page, Mayor Clyde Rabideau posted a picture of his official "friction-less, perpetual motion, hydro-foil-equipped, race-ready" pair of swim trunks. Check them out at:


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