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Updated: 03/13/2014 08:00:04AM

Interlake Merchants Street Party draws hundreds

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JOURNAL PHOTO BY KIM LEATHERMAN


Youngsters of all ages danced in the street Friday night at the Interlake Merchants Street Party.

JOURNAL PHOTO BY KIM LEATHERMAN


Lazaro and Juan Perez tried out one of the personal water crafts on display at the Friday night street party.

JOURNAL PHOTO BY KIM LEATHERMAN


Aaron Jeffries of lake Placid checks out one of the classic cars on display.

JOURNAL PHOTO BY KIM LEATHERMAN


Guy LaBree (at right), a mural artist and renowned for his depictions of Seminole Indian history and culture, was at the street party with his wife, Pat.

JOURNAL PHOTO BY KIM LEATHERMAN


The drum line from the Lake Placid High School band provided a lively beat at the Interlake Street Party.

JOURNAL PHOTO BY KIM LEATHERMAN


Lorri Lammie participated in the chili cook-off at the Interlake Street Party.

By KIM LEATHERMAN

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Merchants from all over Lake Placid converged on Interlake Boulevard to participate in Street Party festivities Friday evening. Visitors were able to visit shops that are normally closed in the evenings. Lake Placid Morning Rotary Club sponsored the successful night.

Napa Auto Parts sponsored a classic car and truck show and visitors were able to vote for their favorite. Balloting determined a 1928 Ford pickup truck was the cream of the crop. John Guy is the proud owner of the Ford and a new toolbox from Napa as his prize.

A chili contest cook-off was a spicy hit as four entrants vied for first place. The entrants represented H&R Block, Good Shepherd Hospice, Bethel Baptist Church and Lake Placid Health Care Center. First place went to Bethel Baptist Church.

Food provided by vendors was plentiful and varied. Fresh-picked fruits and vegetables were among the healthier choices. Gator tail, barbecue, Italian, fried Oreos and empanadas, snow cones and ice creams were all on the menu, too.

Area merchants reported an increase in their business as well. Smoke Shack Barbeque had a very successful night. This was their premiere street party. “We served 75 meals since 5 o’clock,” exclaimed employee Carrie Rybacki. “The night was very busy,” stated owner Justin Roberts, “We can’t wait to do it again!”

The Lake Placid High School band’s drum line performed, drawing customers to their table where Street Party fans were tempted with cotton candy spun on the spot and sold by Band Boosters.

Lake Placid Marine turned Interlake Boulevard into a boat lover’s paradise, bringing out boats for all needs and budgets; pontoons, bass boats and speed boats. Watercraft of every type were displayed.

Toby’s Clowns were out in force, spreading smiles and making balloon animals. Al “Big Al” Pelski gave the classic cars a run for their money as he drove along in a tiny clown car, drawing a lot of attention from fans of all ages.

“This is my first time at the Interlake Street Party,” said Steve McClellan, tax professional at H&R Block. “This is a lot of fun. I really enjoyed meeting new people and helping to answer some tax-related questions.”

Award-winning artist and muralist Guy LaBree joined in the festivities. He is best known for his oil paintings of the Seminole Indians and their culture and history. He is known as the “Barefoot Artist of the Seminoles.”

The merchants and Morning Rotary Club put on another great party and said they consider this another success.




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