TUPPER LAKE - A new event is coming to the Municipal Park this weekend: Tupperpalooza.
"It's like a fun family weekend for people in Tupper Lake - a new summer classic," said organizer Faith Bedore.
Bedore said the goal for Tupperpalooza was to create events to engage every age level, including old fashioned games for the youngsters, inflatable sumo wrestling for teens and music and beer tasting for adults.
"We're just trying to engage everybody so there's something for everybody down there," Bedore said.
The event, which is being put on by the Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce, was originally meant to coincide with Tupper Lake's Independence Day fireworks. But things didn't work out for that weekend, so it was moved to a slower weekend in August.
The event is now scheduled for 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Municipal Park. On Sunday, there will also be a Warrior Run at Mount Morris. The 3.5-mile obstacle course is set to include a mud crawl, a balance beam, a climbing wall, a slip and slide and a wall of tires. Registration runs from 8 to 9:30 a.m., the race gets started at 10 a.m., and the Big Tupper Ski Area chair lift will be open for free rides for spectators from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
At the park Saturday, there will be a number of old-fashioned games like three-legged races, and newer games like a climbing wall, a bungee run and an inflatable obstacle course. Volunteers from Kiwanis will also be painting faces.
Organizers are also planning a cardboard boat regatta. Children will be able to enter a pre-made boat or build one on-site with limited supplies for a chance to win $100.
A number of local people have signed up to spend time in the dunking tank, including Enterprise Managing Editor Peter Crowley, Tupper Lake Free Press Editor and Publisher Dan McClelland, firefighter Royce Cole, insurance broker Mark Moeller and golf pro Clarence Bell.
The 10th Mountain Division Army Band, a 25-piece band that recently returned from a deployment in Afghanistan, is set to play from 3 to 4:15 p.m., and rock band Bittersweet is set to play from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Also at the park, craft vendors will sell their wares and Long Lake's Tom Helms will offer sea plane rides.
A beer tent will include a sampling of regional craft beers, a pie-eating contest is planned and several vendors will be selling food, including Mexican food and hot dogs and hamburgers at the Lions Club cook shack.
The chamber is planning to close out the day with fireworks at dusk.
The Tupperpalooza events at the Municipal Park are free, but activities will require tickets that will be available for sale at the park on the day of the event.
For more information on Tupperpalooza, call the chamber at 518-359-3328 or go to www.tupper-lake.com.