The 50th annual Willard Hanmer Guideboat Race, commemorating Willard Hanmer the preeminent guideboat builder of his era, will be held in Saranac Lake with events beginning at 9 a.m. July 1. 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. Following the parade will be guideboat, canoe and kayak race. 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. For those wishing to race in either the guideboat, recreational canoe or kayak classes, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Enterprise file photo — Peter Crowley)