TUPPER LAKE - Rock the Arc will return this year with music, food, vendors and games, as it once again raises money for a local nonprofit doing important work in the community.
Admission is free Saturday, Aug. 9, for the festival, which begins at noon at the Tupper Lake Municipal Park Ball Field.
The annual 500 Club Raffle will offer the chance for one person to walk away with the $10,000 grand prize. Last year, Tupper Lake resident Shawn Augustus won, and this year whomever will be the lucky winner is anyone's guess.
Five bands will entertain the crowd: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. -?Thirty 1 & Mandolin, a folk-gospel group from Malone that plays plenty of classic rock covers 2 to 3:30 p.m. -?Lostdog, a quirky fusion rock band from Lake Placid 4 to 5:30 p.m. -? Reflections, a Tupper Lake classic rock group 6 to 7:30 p.m. - Bitter Sweet, a local Tupper Lake favorite 8 to 10 p.m. - Double Axel, a classic North Country rock band from Potsdam If the kids don't want to dance along, there will be plenty of activities for them from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., including a rock wall and a Kiddie Kingdom, bounce house, obstacle course and jousting arena.
A variety of goods will be for sale at vendor booths including Arbonne, Scentsy, Paparazzi, Silpada, Pampered Chef, It-Works, Party-Lite Candles, Usborne Books and more.
P2's Irish Pub will sell beverages, and there will also be plenty of food options to buy, including hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ chick and pork, homemade French fries, BBQ brisket, kettle corn, cotton candy, snow cones, ice cream and cupcakes.
The festival is a fundraiser for the Adirondack Arc, which is a private nonprofit agency that enriches the lives of people with developmental disabilities through individualized support in all areas of life by providing services including residential, educational, family support, respite and advocacy.
"This is our second year and we are building on last year's success," said Adirondack Arc CFO Scott Stiles, who is the lead organizer for the event. "It's going to be a great time."