If your father appreciates the unique and unusual, perhaps Old Forge should be part of the Father’s Day program. With an all weekend classic/antique car show to an ugly tie fashion show, Old Forge is celebrating the men, caregivers, and mentors in our lives.
Old Forge kicks off the weekend festivities with the annual Classic and Antique Auto Show with a Friday evening car parade. Participants meet at the Hiltebrandt Recreational Center on North Street at 6:45 pm before cruising down Main Street in front of the spectator-lined street.
Hitlebrandt Recreational Center continues to be the Saturday event headquarters. From 9 am to 3 pm, the Classic Car Show hosts 20 classes in three categories: Original, Modified, and Future Classic. All cars are judged with two overall winners awarded in classic and antique categories. Spectators are charged $3 while children (12 and under) are free.
Sunday rounds out the three days of celebrations with the Adirondack Ugly Tie Fashion Show and Father’s Day Frog-jumping contest. Caregivers and children will be searching the shoreline to find the one to break all the records. Don’t be alarmed, the Old Forge Father’s Day Frog Jumping Contest is a well-monitored event with fresh water available for all participants (frogs). Hoses and buckets of cool water are nearby to keep the pavement cool and there is an immediate release into Old Forge Pond following the frog jumping noon start. Prizes are awarded for smallest and largest frogs as well as the longest jump.
The Ugly Tie contest is held in conjunction with the frog jumping extravaganza. The venue provides the perfect place to showcase all those previous Father’s Day gifts. There are no set rules for the tie contest and the winner is chosen by the audience. Each year there are a range of tie contributions from the handmade to the holiday-themed tie. However you celebrate or don’t celebrate, it’s always worth a stop to see all the fun happenings around Old Forge. Happy Father’s Day.