April 23, 2014

Daffest set for this weekend


“Just as a daffodil hibernates and blooms to full beauty each spring, Saranac Lake will bloom, as it does in the other seasons of the year, to its full majesty of community participation and pride.”


Daffest runs from April 25 to May 4 this year.

A Latin Dance Party marks the start to Daffest at Harrietstown Town Hall at 8 p.m. Friday, April 25.

Daffest Derby starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 26, drawing more than 100 cars to four heats.

Hundreds of spectators will line the Derby Hill at LaPan Highway to catch the old-fashioned derby car excitement.

The 5K Zoom ‘n’ Bloom race through the village is slated to start at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 3, at the Adirondack Carousel.

That same day, a Kentucky Derby Hat contest is scheduled at Captain Cook’s Bar & Grill on Broadway, starting at 4 p.m.


Saranac Lake is working steadily toward the goal of planting 1 million daffodil bulbs.

“It may take us 20 years,” Sayles said. “But that’s OK.”

Email Kim Smith


Friday, April 25

5 to 8 p.m.: Blue Moon Kickoff Daffest and welcome party: Salsa Fare.

5:30 p.m.: Daffest Try Mine Pastry Contest, sponsored by King Arthur Flour.

6 p.m.: Tupper Lake Ecumenical Choir performs.

8 to 11 p.m.: Latin Dance Party, sponsored by the Downtown Advisory Committee, Harrietstown Town Hall.

Saturday April 26

8 a.m.: Daffest Derby Equipment Check.

9 a.m.: Trial runs begin on Daffest Derby Track.

9 to 10:30 a.m.: Registration for Daffest Derby.

11 a.m.: Daffest Derby, LaPan Highway.

9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Festival of the Blooms, Riverside Park, featuring fair food, Blue Line Brewery root beer floats, barbecue pork, Judy's Hots.

10 a.m.: Paul Smith's College with 30 feet of fresh baked goods for sale and baking demonstrations.

10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Live music in the park, featuring the Blue Steel Band; Adirondack Scenic Boat Tours with Capt. Dan Sullivan, leaving hourly, noon to 5 p.m.

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