Friday, July 20, 2018

Waterski Exhibition, Cardboard Boats Races in Long Lake

For the seventh year, the US Waterski Show Team is coming back to the shores of Long Lake. With new tricks, pyramids, and barefoot skiing, the annual waterski exhibition has spectators lining the shores on July 21 to witness everything from synchronized jumps to quadruple-decker pyramids.

The Scotia NY based water-ski club is also celebrating its 50th anniversary and can be seen weekly on Tuesday nights performing along the Mohawk River, in front of Jumpin’ Jacks Drive.

Town of Long Lake Events Coordination Erin Barton says, “This is the seventh year for this show to come to Long Lake. Each year they update the performance with new acts and different routines.”

According to Barton, the exhibition and show is just part of the water activities set for the day. Once again the cardboard boat races have been organized to coincide with the waterski competition.

“There are categories open for everyone,” says Barton. “We have adults participate as well. Some people build their boats ahead of time, but we also provide all the cardboard and the first roll of duct tape for free. Any additional rolls of tape are $5. Only cardboard and duct tape can be used. There is no size or structure limitation. It is always fun to see what people will come up with.”

Barton knows the cardboard boat race can be competitive, but everyone always keeps it fun. She reiterates that its really about the participant who can stay afloat the longest. Lifeguard are in the water and on duty during the competition.

The Adirondack Trading Post will also be serving food throughout the event. The US Waterski Exhibition takes place July 21 at 10 am at the Long Lake town beach. The 10 am start kicks off with demonstrations with a 2 pm team performance. The cardboard boat race begins at 11 am with categories based on the number of entries. All events are free and open to the public.

US Waterski Show photo used with the permission of The Town of Long Lake. 

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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.


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