Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Inlet Fall Festival set for Sept. 16 & 17, Adirondack Kids Day, Oct. 7


Smokey the Bear

Inlet, NY-  Fall in the Adirondacks can be a magical time for many, including residents and visitors alike. In the town of Inlet, two mainstay events are on the docket, offering an array of activities for the whole family to enjoy. The 30th annual Inlet Fall Festival will take place this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, September 16 and 17, and the 11th annual Adirondack Kids Day is slated for Saturday, October 7. Please see details on these events below.

Inlet’s Fall Festival

The 30th annual Inlet Fall Festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, September 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fern Park on South Shore Road. Musical entertainment will be provided by Double Barrel Blues Band on Saturday, playing 3 one-hour sets at 10:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. DBBB is a rocking 4-piece group showcasing influences and interpretations of traditional and modern blues. Shaded Grass Bluegrass will perform 2 one-hour sets on Sunday at 11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m. Shaded Grass was formed by a group of friends on a camping in the Adirondacks in 2017 and play traditional bluegrass along with folk, country and rock in bluegrass style.

Double Barrel Blue Band

Double Barrel Blues Band. Photo provided by Town of Inlet Tourism Director, Adele Burnett.

Saturday’s entertainer will be Joshua J. Superstar performing at 11:30 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Mr. Superstar is what is known in the business as a quintuple threat. He possesses the rare combination of herculean strength, unquestionable brilliance, rugged good looks, animal magnetism, and above all else, humility. Sunday’s entertainer will be Victor Walter at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Victor is a mime and balloon artist whose talent and artistry captivate audiences of all ages. His shows include a variety of formal and informal pieces, balloon art and audience participation. His mime segments include several mime activities including a piece using bird puppets. Bumble Dee will offer free face painting and Victor the Clown will be twisting balloons both Saturday and Sunday.


Returning this year – You have got to stop by and check out the Dancing Witches! Your only chance to see them will be at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday. Charbel will be there with Arabic food (gryos, fried dough, salt potatoes) and there will also be food from Tacocat (gourmet tacos) and Main Meats (Dino’s sausage, Philly cheesesteaks, steak & quesadillas, chili cheese dogs, hamburgs, hot dogs, garlic fried potatoes.) Screamen Eagle is bringing back the beer tent, which will have tables and a game of corn hole set up.

Inlet Fall Festival vendor

Inlet Fall Festival vendor. Photo provided by Town of Inlet Tourism Director, Adele Burnett.

There will be many vendors selling maple syrup, home decorations, clothing, jewelry, fine art, soaps, lotions, and so much more. Greg Rudd of Inlet will be tossing clay on his pottery wheel at his booth where you will also find his wife Toni offering her homemade jams and jellies. Joseph Wild of Inlet will have original images of the Adirondacks. Anne Stacy and her sister Cathy Riggall with roots from Eagle Bay will have tie dyed clothing and accessories, quilts, pillows and more. Amanda DeShaw of Old Forge will have ADK inspired home decor & gifts. Jennifer Danitz of Otter Lake will have her Ruff Road Pet Accessories for sale. Marsha and Charles Herr of Inlet will have Marsha’s variety of handwoven items and Charles will be selling autographed copies of his “The Fulton Chain.” Nancy Best, once from Old Forge, will be selling autographed copies of her books. The VanRipers, of Camden and Inlet, will also have autographed copies of books from their Adirondack Kids series.

Inlet Fall Festival vendor

Inlet Fall Festival vendor. Photo provided by Town of Inlet Tourism Director, Adele Burnett.

The American Legion Post #1402 will have a booth where they will raffle off a YETI cooler. The Inlet Historical Society will be selling raffle tickets for an electric bike to be raffled off during Adirondack Kids Day on October 7.


Free parking at Fern Park is limited. Additional free parking will be available at Arrowhead Park and the lot in front of The Woods Inn. A free Shuttle Bus might be available. If not, it is an easy walk from downtown Inlet. For more information and a complete list of vendors check out or call the Inlet Information Office at (315) 357-5501.


Adirondack Kids Day

The 11th annual Adirondack Kids Day is set for Saturday, October 7, in Inlet, NY. The event was inspired by the best-selling regional book series, The Adirondack Kids, created and written by Gary and Justin VanRiper. The father-and-son writing team from Camden, NY, launched the first of twenty books so far in 2001 with stories revolving around three best friends who grow up in the Adirondacks along the Fulton Chain of Lakes with the hamlet of Inlet serving as epicenter for the series.

French Louis Fishing Derby participant.

French Louis Fishing Derby participant. Photo provided by Town of Inlet Tourism Director, Adele Burnett.

A signature event for major sponsor KIWANIS of the Central Adirondacks, organizers describe the day as totally kid-friendly with free activities for the whole family from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain, shine, or snow. For those who arrive the day before, on Friday night, co-authors Gary & Justin VanRiper will be doing a special presentation sharing the Story Behind their Stories at the Inlet Public Library at 7 p.m. Features throughout Saturday include the wildly popular French Louis Fishing Derby, a presentation by Mark Manske from Adirondack Raptors with his ‘live’ birds of prey, a
geocaching hunt, an illusionist, face painting, balloon twisting, and children’s authors with books set in the Adirondacks.

French Louie Fishing Derby

French Louie Fishing Derby. Photo provided by Town of Inlet Tourism Director, Adele Burnett.

Every child accompanied by an adult will receive a goody bag at the KIWANIS Information Tent while supplies last.


“We are honored that Kiwanis of the Central Adirondacks and the community of Inlet have been so supportive of Adirondack Kids Day over these many years, said Gary VanRiper. “We hope this day will inspire many more families to explore this special region creating memories to last a lifetime and traditions to last for generations, just as it has for our family.”


For more information on Adirondack Kids Day go to or contact the Inlet Information Office at (315) 357-5501 or

Photo at top: Smokey the Bear at a previous Adirondack Kids Day in Inlet, NY. Photo provided by Town of Inlet Tourism Director, Adele Burnett.

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