Big Tupper is opening for skiers again with the help of volunteers this winter season.. We spoke yesterday with ARISE president Jim laValley and he says so far so good.. Volunteers will be mowing and preparing the mountain for winter.. And if you’d like to see for yourself, and enjoy the splendors of autumn, you can this Saturday. Tupper Lake Event’s Coordinator Michelle Clement tells WNBZ one of the regions biggest fall festivals is OkTUPPERfest… Funds raised from the event will be split between the chamber and ARISE..
OkTUPPERfest begins at 11am with a lineup that includes live music, cold beer, food, free chair lift rides, a mountain bike stunt show, children’s activities, and a craft fair..
The event also includes the 4th Annual Mud Run which begins at 11:30 am.
For more information or to register for the OkTUPPERfest Mud Run visit www.Tupper-Lake.com/MudRun2013.
Following the Mud Run, live music will begin at 1:00 pm with a live performance by Big Slyde. Building on the foundation of guitar and cello, enhanced by the bouzouki, banjo, and the dobro, the music of Big Slyde can carry you to strange and beautiful places. At 3:30pm The Unknown Woodsmen from Cortland, NY will take the stage. Mixing many different genres of music into one catchy, yet diverse sound, The Unknown Woodsmen have truly developed songs that will stick with you.
New in 2013, OkTUPPERfest will feature The Kenda Mountain Bike Stunt Show featuring professional Mountain Bike Rider, Mike Steidley. Mike Steidley is one of the most accomplished stunt riders in North America. His accolades include multiple Trails National Championships, representing the USA in 7 World Championship as well as a wide array of TV appearance. His stunt show has captivated audiences in 23 different countries.
Ongoing throughout the day is the annual OkTUPPERfest craft fair. This year’s exhibition will feature items from nearly 20 crafters, artisans and specialty product representatives. Meanwhile the Tupper Lake Ski Patrol will also be hosting a ‘ski swap’. And as in past year’s there will also be a variety of children’s activities which includes: face paining, the TupperLake archechers training shoot, apple bobbing, sack races and much more.
The festivities will end at 6 pm with the ‘snow wish’ lantern release. One Hundred eco-friendly sky lanterns will be released by OkTUPPERfest attendees all wishing for a plentiful snow season and some great skiing at Big Tupper this winter.
“This year’s OkTUPPERfest truly has something for everyone” states Tupper Lake Events Coordinator Michelle Clement. “We are please to be able to bring some new attractions to the event in addition to some of the crowd favorites from past years.”
The 2013 OkTUPPERfest is hosted by the Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds from the event will go to support winter tourism in TupperLake and the operation of Big Tupper.