Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake win APA awards

LAKE PLACID – Tri-Lakes communities won some awards from the state Adirondack Park Agency during Thursday’s Adirondack Park Local Government Day Conference.

The conference was held at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Lake Placid.

The event is judged based on different criteria including community spirit, benefits to the community, entertainment, tourism draw and creativity.

Tupper Lake walked away with two first-place awards – the Best in Summer award for the new Toughman Tupper Lake Triathlon and the Most Authentic Adirondack award for the annual Tupper Lake Woodsmen’s Days. Tupper Lake was first runner-up for its Tupperpalooza Warrior Run and Music Festival, losing out to Wilmington for the Sporting Challenge award.

Saranac Lake brought home an Adirondack Park Excellence Award for its 6er hiking program. The 6er program began May 25 and challenges participants to climb the six mountains surrounding Saranac Lake: McKenzie, Ampersand, St. Regis, Scarface, Haystack and Baker. Everyone doing so receives a patch, bumper sticker, certificate and 6er number. Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau, who initiated the program, accepted the award on behalf of his village.

Saranac Lake was first runner-up for Hobofest under the Adirondack Quirky award. Long Lake walked away with first place in the category for its Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing event. Long Lake Director of Tourism Alexandra Roalsvig accepted the award.

Wilmington took first place for the Whiteface Bike Festival, under the sporting challenge category. Held in June, the event is a mix of road bike and mountain bike competition or just family fun. The award was accepted by Wilmington town Supervisor Randy Preston.