080113 Lake Fest will feature attempt to set rafting record (182)

LACONIA — NH LAKES annpounces this year's LakeFest event will be held on Saturday, September 7, at Weirs Beach on Lake Winnipesaukee in Laconia.

The "Hands Across the Water" festival promises to be both fun and educational according to the New Hampshire Lakes Association, which says the event is designed to raise awareness about preventing the spread of aquatic nuisance plants and animals while attempting to break the world record for the largest raft of canoe and kayaks on a single body of water.

The current record stands at 1,902.

The rafting event will be followed by an on-land celebration featuring music, food, booths with information on lake ecology, protection and  recreation.

The association has a two-fold goal: advocacy and education. It represents its members before state government by advocating for policies
that protect our ponds and lakes for the benefit of all users, including appropriate public access, balanced use, improved safety and water quality, preventing the spread of aquatic nuisance species like milfoil, as well as shoreland, watershed wildlife and habitat protection.

For more information, to volunteer, or to become a sponsor visit www.nhlakefest.org