Ski jumping, blues and brews
LAKE PLACID – The run of fall festivals continues Saturday and Sunday when the Olympic Jumping Complex plays host to the Flaming Leaves Festival and the Olympic Center welcomes back the Lake Placid Brewfest for a second year.
Flaming Leaves Festival
On Saturday, the nation’s best will compete for the title of U.S. national champion in the sports of ski jumping and Nordic combined during the annual Flaming Leaves Festival. These athletes will launch themselves off the Olympic Jumping Complex’s 90-meter ski jump while, on the ground below, live blues bands play and Centerplate grills up ribs and burgers.
The live music begins at noon Saturday when Funky Blu Roots takes to the Olympic Jumping Complex stage. They and the Back Porch Society will alternate for two sets each: Funky Blu Roots from noon to 1 and 2 to 3 p.m., and Back Porch Society from 1 to 2 and 3 to 4 p.m.
The jumping action continues Sunday. Other activities during the festival include lawn games, a horseshoe tournament, craft vendors and T-shirt tie-dying. (You can bring your own shirt or buy one there.)
Music also continues Sunday with Collette and the Mudcats from noon to 1 p.m. and 2 to 3 p.m., and Fade to Blues from 1 to 2 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m.
The U.S. national championship will also wind down later in the day when the Nordic combined athletes ski 10 kilometers round the village of Lake Placid.
The annual Flaming Leaves Festival is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Admission is $16 for adults and $10 for juniors and seniors. Two-day passes are also available: $27 for adults and $16 for juniors and seniors. The Olympic Sites Passport will also be honored for admission.
Lake Placid Brewfest
The Olympic Center’s 1932 Rink (also known as the Jack Shea Arena) is where the Lake Placid Brewfest will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Lake Placid Brewfest. Open to anyone 21 years and older, the brewfest features 20-plus micro-brew companies from around the country. Each will be on hand to offer samples and talk brewing.
There will also be live music and food provided by Centerplate.
Tickets are $40 and $10 for a designated driver. They are available by visiting the Olympic Center box office, by calling 518-523-3330, online or at the door the day of the festival. Admission includes beer samples and a souvenir glass.
For more information about both festivals and New York’s Olympic venues run by the Olympic Regional Development Authority, visit www.whitefacelakeplacid.com.