SARANAC LAKE — Sunday, July 1, will mark the 50th-annual Willard Hanmer Guideboat Race comemerating Willard Hanmer, the pre-eminent guideboat builder of his era.
The race has been celebrated every year since 1963 on the Sunday closest to the Fourth of July. This year, to celebrate the craftsmanship of this uniquely Adirondack craft, the organizers are planning a display of more than 50 guideboats in a 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.
For those wishing to display their guideboats or participate in the guideboat parade, registration forms are available at www.willardhanmerguideboatraces.com.
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.
Those wishing to race in either the guideboat, recreational canoe or kayak classes can register at www.willardhanmerguideboatraces.com.