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April 23, 2014

Daffest set for this weekend

SARANAC LAKE — Daffest is stirring some serious Derby Race dust.

The Saranac Lake Area and Tupper Lake chambers of commerce are going nose to nose this year in a Daffest Derby challenge.

Both have registered cars in the annual springtime soapbox race.

And in Saranac Lake, Chamber Director Katy Van Anden is stoked for a win on the home turf.

“We’re going to take them down,” she declared.

Not so fast, replied Michelle Clement, who is Tupper Lake Chamber events coordinator.

“I recommend that she don a face mask for the Daffest challenge, because she’ll be trailing behind our car, and we might stir up a lot of dust.”

The two chamber operators work together a lot, Clement said.

But as far as car specifics, the Tupper pit crew is keeping mum.

The new Tupper Lake car is sponsored by Leroy’s Auto Sales and Service on Main Street, and it’s going to have special decal details.

“Right now, it’s being held in an undisclosed location so the competition doesn’t have a one-up on us,” Clement said.

The unveiling will come on race day, Saturday, April 26.

DAFFODILS SPROUTING

Meantime, daffodils are pushing up through soggy and somewhat snowy village gardens.

This year marks the fourth Daffest celebration spanning two weekends of dance parties, races, downtown Saranac Lake music, food and shopping extravaganzas.

Organizer Cherrie Sayles said, so far, village residents have planted 80,000 daffodil bulbs in civic parks and private gardens.

With springtime pressing against the long (and very cold) winter, Sayles declared Daffest ready to bloom.

“You will see our streets lined with these festive, beautiful carpets of blooms — a very welcome sight every spring as we shake off the chill of the winter and look forward to the new beginnings of the fresh new season that explodes with new life in the North Country,” Sayles said in revealing Daffest events online.

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