LACONIA — On Saturday, September 7 at Weirs Beach's Endicott Rock Park in Laconia, LakeFest attendees will attempt to capture a Guinness World Record for New Hampshire.
LakeFest: Hands Across the Water is a family-friendly educational and entertainment event highlighted by a Guinness World Record attempt for largest free floating raft of canoes and kayaks. The NH Lakes Association (NH LAKES) aims to get 2,000 canoes and kayaks into the waters of Lake Winnipesaukee to break the current record of 1,902 boats.
Registration opens at 7 a.m. on Saturday, September 7, and the Guinness World Record raft attempt is at approximately 10 a.m. LakeFest attendees will launch from three official sites: Meredith Bay, Akwa Marina, and Endicott Rock Park (the LakeFest event site at Weirs Beach).
Participants interested in paddling from Meredith Bay who need boat rentals can contact EKAL at 603.677.8646. Paddlers who pre-register for rentals at www.nhlakefest.org will pick up their canoe and kayak rentals at Awka Marina in Weirs Beach. Event attendees who have their own canoes and kayaks can take advantage of early bird drop-off and check-in at Endicott Rock Park in Weirs Beach on Friday, September 6 from 12 noon through 7 p.m.
The free on-land Festival opens mid-morning and runs through 4 p.m. at Weirs Beach's Endicott Rock Park.
Online registration to participate in the Guinness World Record attempt is available at www.nhlakefest.org for just $15 per canoe or kayak until August 31; effective September 1 registration is $20 per boat.
Reasonably priced canoe and kayak rental options are available by pre-registering online; reserved boats will be available for pick-up Saturday morning at the Awka Marina launch site in Weirs Beach. All online registrants are automatically entered to win prizes and getaways provided by generous LakeFest supporters.
On land, the public is welcome to enjoy the free Festival that runs morning through 4 p.m. Attendees will hear a lineup of great live music; The O'Brien Clan Band and The Floods will delight listeners. Family-friendly activities include storytelling, LakeFest bingo, kayak limbo, and more. There will be food vendors and educational exhibits, in addition to boats and other watersport gear for sale. Raffle tickets for a brand new 12' Dirigo Old Town kayak with paddle and PFD will be available for just $5 each or 5 for $20 at NH LAKES' tent in the Festival area.
Volunteers are needed to help with LakeFest 2013. Interested volunteers can visit www.nhlakefest.org, select the "volunteer" option during online registration, or call 603.226.0299. All volunteers receive free LakeFest registration.
Through its Lake Host program, NH LAKES has spent the past 12 years inspecting watercraft for plant fragments at boat ramps around the state. With aquatic nuisance species like Asian clams and zebra muscles threatening to invade our waters, NH LAKES needs the public's help.