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Willard Hanmer Guideboat Race
This year will mark the 50th annual Willard Hanmer Guideboat Race commemorating Willard Hanmer, the preeminent guideboat builder of his era. The race has been celebrated every year since 1963 on the Sunday closest to the 4th of July. This year, to celebrate the craftsmanship of this uniquely Adirondack craft, the organizers are planning a display of over 50 guideboats in a guideboat parade on Lake Flower prior to the race. The guideboat parade will be open to anyone wishing to display their guideboat. Natalie Bombard Corl Leduc, a participant in the inaugural race invites all past participants of the race to row in the parade.
Following the parade will be guideboat, canoe, and kayak races. This year the one-person guideboat race will follow the traditional route on Lake Flower, carry around the dam and down the Saranac River to the Fish and Game Club where there will be food, refreshments, and festivities for the whole family. Canoes and kayaks will be following the one-person guideboat course, also going down the river. The events kick off at 11 a.m.