Some of us may be turning our attention to the upcoming winter season, but there’s still plenty of autumn fun ahead. Last weekend’s 21st annual Oktoberfest drew thousands of visitors to Whiteface Mountain, in Wilmington, N.Y., and this weekend guests will flock to the region to participate in the annual Flaming Leaves Festival and the inaugural Lake Placid Brew Fest.
The festival weekend in Lake Placid gets underway at the Olympic Jumping Complex when several of the nation’s top ski jumpers soar through the fall skies as they compete in the annual Flaming Leaves ski jump competition. Jumping begins Saturday, at noon, while Sunday’s event gets underway at 11 a.m. Saturday’s event is also the second of three 90-meter competitions to determine the prestigious 2012 Art Devlin Cup series champion.
Some of the sport’s youngest athletes are also set to compete both Saturday and Sunday, when they soar off the 20-meter jump. The Grasshoppers’ competitions will begin a half-hour after the completion of the 90-meter events.
While spectators take in all of the high-flying action they can also enjoy live Blues music both days and brews and barbeque provided by Centerplate. The Blues begins at noon, Saturday when Lostdog takes to the Olympic Jumping Complex stage for their first of two sets, noon-1 p.m. and 2-3 p.m. Saturday’s Blues line-up also features Joe Lowry & The Second City Blues Band, from Albany, N.Y., from 1-2 p.m. and 3-4 p.m.
On Sunday, it’s Los Blancos, from Syracuse, N.Y., and Larry Stone & The Stoneground Express’ turn. Los Blancos’ first set is from noon-1 p.m. and then they’re back from 2-3 p.m. Larry Stone, a retired ski jump instructor, and his band will entertain the crowd from 1-2 p.m. and 3-4 p.m.
While at the jumping complex, spectators can also check out the autumn colors from atop the 120-meter ski jump. A chairlift will take visitors to the base of the jump, while a 26-story elevator ride will take them to the top of the jump where guests can overlook the Adirondack’s high peaks.