Published on: May 19, 2021

Lake Placid summer events return

LAKE PLACID – With more people getting the COVID-19 vaccine and lower infection rates in New York State, the Village of Lake Placid and corresponding Town of North Elba in Upstate New York will welcome the return of summer events, namely the Lake Placid Horse Shows, Summit Lacrosse Ventures and its two primary tournaments, as well as the Lake Placid Ironman.

These events were canceled in the summer of 2020 due to the pandemic, but in phases, the state is gradually permitting larger scale events to return with less than 100 % capacity. In the case of lacrosse and Ironman, proof of vaccination is required from athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, spectators and vendors. They can have 80 % of the normal participant numbers.

The Lake Placid Horse Show, approved during the winter, is set for June 29 – July 4, followed by the I Love NY Horse Show from July 6 – 11. In the interest of social distancing, there will be no spectator bleachers. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own chairs.

Summit Lacrosse Youth is scheduled for June 28 – 30, and the Lake Placid Summit Classic Tournament August 2 – 8. Ironman Lake Placid is slated for July 25. According to a press release from the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism, “both have been staples of the community for many years. Summit Lacrosse has been hosting tournaments at Lake Placid since 1990, while 2021 marks the 22nd year of Ironman races in Lake Placid.” The year 2021 will mark 50 years of horse show competitions in the Olympic village.

Lacross players mid-game on a field with a mountain backdrop
Summit Lacrosse Ventures brings 2 tournaments back to Upstate New York this summer

There has been no official word on the annual Can Am Rugby Tournament held in Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. A large number of the 100 teams traditionally come here from Canada to participate in this Adirondack sport festival, however, with the US-Canadian border closed as a result of COVID, it remains to be seen what the final numbers would look like.

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