October 2, 2012

It’s a Festival Weekend in Lake Placid...Flaming Leaves and Brew Fest Highlight Weekend Fun

Wilmington, NY - Some of us may be turning our attention to the upcoming winter season, but there’s still plenty of autumn fun ahead. Last weekend’s 21st annual Oktoberfest drew thousands of visitors to Whiteface Mountain, in Wilmington, N.Y., and this weekend guests will flock to the region to participate in the annual Flaming Leaves Festival and the inaugural Lake Placid Brew Fest.

The festival weekend in Lake Placid gets underway at the Olympic Jumping Complex when several of the nation’s top ski jumpers soar through the fall skies as they compete in the annual Flaming Leaves ski jump competition. Jumping begins Saturday, at noon, while Sunday’s event gets underway at 11 a.m. Saturday’s event is also the second of three 90-meter competitions to determine the prestigious 2012 Art Devlin Cup series champion.

Some of the sport’s youngest athletes are also set to compete both Saturday and Sunday, when they soar off the 20-meter jump. The Grasshoppers’ competitions will begin a half-hour after the completion of the 90-meter events.

While spectators take in all of the high-flying action they can also enjoy live Blues music both days and brews and barbeque provided by Centerplate. The Blues begins at noon, Saturday when Lostdog takes to the Olympic Jumping Complex stage for their first of two sets, noon-1 p.m. and 2-3 p.m. Saturday’s Blues line-up also features Joe Lowry & The Second City Blues Band, from Albany, N.Y., from 1-2 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. On Sunday, it’s Los Blancos, from Syracuse, N.Y., and Larry Stone & The Stoneground Express’ turn. Los Blancos’ first set is from noon-1 p.m. and then they’re back from 2-3 p.m. Larry Stone, a retired ski jump instructor, and his band will entertain the crowd from 1-2 p.m. and 3-4 p.m.

While at the jumping complex, spectators can also check out the autumn colors from atop the 120-meter ski jump. A chairlift will take visitors to the base of the jump, while a 26-story elevator ride will take them to the top of the jump where guests can overlook the Adirondack’s high peaks.

The annual Flaming Leaves Festival is from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days and admission is $15 for adults and $9 for juniors and seniors. Two-day passes are also available, $25 for adults and $15 for juniors and seniors, while the Olympic Sites Passport will also be honored for admission.

From the Olympic Jumping Complex the festival fun moves to the Olympic Center’s 1932 rink and the inaugural Lake Placid Brew Fest, from 3-7 p.m. Open to everyone 21 years and older, the brew fest, sponsored by Centerplate and Saratoga Eagle and co-hosted by the Great Adirondack Brewing Company and Lake Placid Pub & Brewery, will feature 20-plus micro-brew companies from around the country.

Each of the breweries will be on hand to offer samples and talk brewing. There will also be live music, with Mike Pedersen, and food provided by Centerplate. Advance $35 tickets for the Lake Placid Brew Fest are available on line by visiting Whiteface.com or by calling 518-523-3330. Tickets will also be available at the door for $40 and admission for designated drivers is just $10. Admission includes beer samples and souvenir glass.

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