Labor Day weekend in Old Forge marks the continuation of summer and the launch of the fall season. Sunday, September 4th is the big day, with the Cap-py Duck Derby, afternoon and evening concerts on the lakefront, and fireworks over Old Forge Pond.
The final chance for duck adoptions begin at 9 am Sunday, with booths set up on both sides of Route 28 near the Old Forge Dam. The duckies will launch from the dam at noon, with a chance to win $100,000, in addition to 13 other great prizes. CAP-21 has again paired with OddsOn Promotions for a $100,000 jackpot. One number is drawn immediately before the derby, and if the duckie with that number is among the first 13 to finish, the person who adopted that duckie wins $100,000. Regardless, the holder of that number wins two tickets to the Billy Joel concert at Madison Square Garden. The derby is a fundraiser for CAP-21, the non-profit organization which secures community development and improvement grants throughout the Central Adirondacks.
The first free concert of the day is 2-4 pm, featuring long-time favorite Joe Angerosa and his Elvis Show on the Old Forge Lakefront. Angerosa has been performing his Elvis tribute for over 35 years. The Utica native has been dubbed “the best Elvis this side of the Mississippi”, and has appeared in feature films from Hollywood. His performances, well over 500 to date, have taken him to such places as Las Vegas, Canada, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Memphis, and each and every performance has received critical acclaim.
The evening festivities start at 7 pm, with live entertainment by The Paul Case Band. The band plays a mixture of rock, reggae, blues and folk music, and is sponsored by the Central Adirondack Association. The concert will be followed by fireworks over the Old Forge Pond, but before the sparks fly, winners will be drawn for the CAA’s annual car raffle. The grand prize is a 2016 Dodge Challenger. Additionally, 10 cash prizes will be awarded, including one $10,000 cash prize, one $3,000 cash prize, five $1,000 cash prizes and three $500 cash prizes. Only 999 tickets are sold.
Labor Day Weekend also is a chance to experience the Enchanted Forest Water Safari one last time before it closes for the season. Families can also visit Old Forge Lake Cruises to watch the fireworks from the water. McCauley Mountain Scenic Chairlift Ride and the Adirondack Scenic Railroad will be in operation.
For more information on the Labor Day Weekend in Old Forge, click here, or call (315) 369-6983.