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Olympic Car Show, circa 2015 (News file photo)

LAKE PLACID — Residents and visitors will have a wide variety of family-friendly activities to choose from this Labor Day weekend in the Olympic Region — from Lake Placid to Wilmington, Saranac Lake to Paul Smiths and Champlain Valley hamlets such as Keeseville and Essex. Most events are within a 30-minute drive from Lake Placid.

I Love BBQ and Music Festival

The I Love BBQ and Music Festival will be held from Friday, Sept. 2 to Sunday, Sept. 4 at the North Elba Show Grounds, state Route 73, in Lake Placid. The event is an annual fundraiser for the Shipman Youth Center.

The legendary Gibson Brothers bluegrass band will perform at 7:30 pm Friday, Sept. 2 at the North Elba Show Grounds in Lake Placid during the 2022 I Love BBQ and Music Festival. Admission is $15. (News photo — Andy Flynn)

Some of the event’s highlights will include opportunities to taste barbecue treats from American and Canadian teams, professional wrestling, performances by the BMX Krusher Stunt Team, children’s attractions and musical acts such as the North Country’s own Gibson Brothers, known mostly for their award-winning bluegrass style.

This event is currently the only barbecue competition in New York state sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS).

The cost per person is $6, and free for children under 10 years old. Due to the Gibson Brothers performance from 7:30 to 9 pm, the entry cost per person is $15 on that evening.

For more information about the I Love BBQ and Music Festival, visit https://www.ilbbqf.com.

BMX bike teams will perform during the I Love BBQ and Music Festival, which will be held from Friday, Sept. 2 to Sunday Sept. 4 at the North Elba Show Grounds in Lake Placid. (News photo — Andy Flynn)

Wilmington Mountain Bike Festival

The Wilmington Mountain Bike (MTB) Festival will be held from Friday, Sept. 2 to Sunday, Sept. 4. This celebration includes on-site camping, live music, local food and beer, group rides for all abilities, shuttles and the Hardy Kids MTB races (Sunday).

The event is a fundraiser for the Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA), and proceeds support the trails.

Wilmington features miles of single-track riding at two large trail networks — the Flume trails and Hardy Road trails — as well as a screaming 3-mile descent on the Poor Man’s Downhill trail — a long, gnarly backcountry tour on the Cooper Kiln trail — and a dirt jump/pump track park at the festival site. This year’s event also features group rides in Lake Placid and Elizabethtown.

Wilmington — the self-proclaimed “mountain bike capital of the adirondacks” — is the hub of a larger regional trail network which boasts more than 85 miles of diverse single track trails in four communities that is dreamed, built and maintained by a strong network of local riders and volunteers coordinated by BETA.

Hardy Kids MTB races are for boys and girls pre-k to grade 12, starting at 9 am Sunday, Sept. 4. This race is separate from bike fest registration.

Friday’s schedule includes the Hardy Hour Group Ride from 5 to 8 pm and the Post-Hardy Hour BBQ provided by Placid Planet Bicycles and Specialized from 8 to 10 pm

Saturday’s schedule includes group rides, shuttles and clinics (Wilmington and Lake Placid) during the day, live DJ sets by David Sommerstein, host of North Country Public Radio’s “The Beat Authority,” from 6 to 9 pm, and the famous “Danger Town” bonfire and celebration of bikes, brews and BETA starting at 8 pm

Sunday’s schedule will include morning group rides in Wilmington, the Hardy Kids MTB races in the morning, Poor Man’s Downhill shuttles from 1 to 4 pm and Volunteer Appreciation Dinner by Cadence Lodge (event crew only) from 5 to 8 pm

Learn more online at www.wilmingtonmtbfestival.com.

Open Farm Weekend

The Adirondack Cuisine Trail Open Farm Weekend will be held from Friday, Sept. 2 to Monday, Sept. 5.

Farm tours, local food workshops, you-pick and more are scheduled for this first-time event. Programs will be held through Labor Day Weekend highlighting farms and small businesses along the Boquet Valley Cuisine Trail, one of the six distinct cuisine trails that highlight agriculture in the Adirondacks.

The events are listed below. More information about each event can be found online at adirondackharvest.com.

Sept 2-5 (8am – 5pm)

– Self-Guided Culinary Lavender Exhibit and You-Pick Sunflowers, Zinnias and Organic Grapes at Adirondack View Vineyard and Lavender, 59 Thompson Road, Keeseville (You-pick flowers: $0.50 per stem and grapes: $1 per pound.)

Sept. 2 (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.), Sept. 3 (9 a.m. – 2 p.m.) Sept. 5 (9am – 4pm)

¯ Guided Tours, You-Pick Flowers and Bouquet Bar at Mossbrook Roots Flower Farm and Florist, 614 Mace Chasm Road, Keeseville (You-pick flowers: $1 per vote, Bouquet Bar: $25 for handmade paper-wrapped bouquets)

Sept. 2 (4:30-8pm)

– Music, food trucks and free kids activities with CCE Essex at Ausable Brewing Company, 765 Mace Chasm Road, Keeseville (free admission, food and beverage available for purchase)

Sept. 3 (8:30-10:30 a.m.)

– Dairy farm tour and cheese tasting at North Country Creamery, 931 Mace Chasm Road, Keeseville (free admission, products available for purchase)

Sept. 3 (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

– Essex Farm Tour with Mark Kimball, 2503 state Route 22, Essex (suggested donation: $5 for kids, $10 for adults, free for CSA members)

Sept. 3 (9-10 a.m.)

– Yoga in the Lavender Fields with Emily Barry of Adirondack Yoga at Adirondack View Vineyard and Lavender, 59 Thompson Road, Keeseville ($12 per person, please pre-register)

Sept. 5 (5-7 pm)

– Low Waste Cooking Class at the Hub on the Hill- 545 Middle Rd, Essex (free, please preregister)

Monarch Fest

The Monarch Fest will be held from 10 am to 4 pm Saturday, Sept. 3 at the Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center, state Route 30, Paul Smiths. It’s free and open to the public.

Programs will include a tour of the VIC’s butterfly house, where people can admire monarch butterflies and watch a demonstration on how they are tagged.

At 11 am, children’s author and illustrator Maxwell Eaton III will read his book, “The Truth About Butterflies.”

At 12:15 pm, there will be child-friendly music by Cindy Watson.

Learn more online at www.paulsmithsvic.org.

AuSable Forks Labor Day celebration

The AuSable Forks Labor Day Community Celebration will be held on Saturday, Sept. 3 and Sunday, Sept. 3.

On Saturday, there will be communitywide yard sales in the towns of Black Brook and Jay from 8 am to 4 pm A vendor expo will be held at the town of Black Brook’s River Park, 2429 Route 9N, from 9 am to 5 pm An outdoor movie at River Park — “Spider Man: No Way Home” — will begin at dusk, with free popcorn, beverages and s’mores.

On Sunday, the parade on Main Street begins at 1 pm, followed by a vendor expo from 2 to 6 pm at River Park with food, music and children’s activities. Fireworks starts at dusk near the park.

The parade begins on state Route 9N in AuSable Forks by Zaumetzer Funeral Home, continues along Route 9N, and finishes at the town of Black Brook’s River Park, 2429 Route 9N, in AuSable Forks.

Olympic Car Show

The Lake Placid Ski Club and Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department will host the 40th annual Olympic Car Show from noon to 4 pm Sunday, Sept. 4 at the Olympic Speed ​​Skating Oval on Main Street.

The show will include cars, trucks and motorcycles, and this event is a major fundraiser for the ski club’s children ski education programs. Past participants in the children ski education programs have not only learned to ski, but a few have made it all the way to Olympics and won gold, silver and bronze medals for the United States. This event also supports the fire department’s purchase of safety equipment.

Due to continued road construction there will not be a parade through Main Street this year. The parade will return next year.

Car show plaques will be given to 25 favorite cars chosen by the ski club and fire department. Three cash awards will be given to the best of show vehicles as selected by the spectators.

A hamburg and hot dog concession will be provided by the fire department.

Admission is $5 per adult and $3 for children under 12. Dogs and bicycles will not be allowed anywhere on the oval campus.

For more information, visit online at www.lakeplaidskiclub.com.

Northern Current music festival

The Northern Current community music festival will be held from noon to 9:30 pm Sunday, Sept. 4 at Riverside Park in Saranac Lake.

The musical lineup will include TEKE::TEKE of Montreal; Ghost Funk Orchestra, of Brooklyn; The Big Takeover, or New York’s Hudson Valley; Rose & The Bros, of Ithaca; The Outcrops, of northern New Jersey; and Crackin’ Foxy, a Saranac Lake-based ensemble inspired by early 1930s swing, Hawaiian and gypsy jazz music.

See the full schedule at northerncurrentadk.org.

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