Chamber asks kids what kind of sand sculpture they want

TUPPER LAKE – The Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce is planning a 7-foot-tall sand sculpture for Tupperpalooza, and it’s asking local kids to vote on its theme.

Tupper Lake Events Coordinator Michelle Clement told the town board Monday that she was looking for a way to draw attention to the town’s Little Wolf Beach. She worked in Saranac Lake for years before starting at her current position, and she said few people there were aware Tupper Lake even had a beach because it’s so out of the way.

So when she took over the Tupperpalooza cardboard boat regatta, she decided to move it to the town beach to get more people to the location. She decided to turn it into a Beach Fest and pair with the town Recreation Department for a day of fun on Sunday, Aug. 4. Tupperpalooza is set to run Aug. 3 through 10 this year.

As part of that, Clement said there will be a sand castle competition, and she has enlisted Phil Singer, an Albany-area artist, to come build a human-sized sand sculpture.

“He’s definitely excited about coming up to the Adirondacks,” Clement said.

Clement said she wanted to get local kids involved in advance of the event, so she decided to have a Facebook contest where kids could vote for their favorite theme for the sculpture out of three choices: Tupper Lake Lumberjacks, Discover the Adirondacks or Beach Party/Under the Sea. The chamber posted the question on its Facebook page, “Tupper Lake, NY,” on Wednesday,

“I think it’s a great idea,” town Councilwoman Patti Littlefield told Clement.

Councilwoman Kathy Lefebvre said it’s nice to see different local organizations working together on a project like that.

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