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Updated: 07/16/2014 10:18:00AM

Lake Placid prepares for Caladium Festival

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Kim Leatherman / News-Journal

Lake Placid High School junior Norma Pratts paints a vintage truck overflowing with caladius. The artwork is on the windows at Nu Hope thrift store on South Main Avenue.

Kim Leatherman / News-Journal

Nu Hope employee Dale Moore created "caladium people" from items found in the second hand store.


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The town of Lake Placid and its merchants are gearing up and sprucing up for the much anticipated Caladium Festival 2014 which will be held July 25-26-27.

Medians and parks have been mowed, mulched and spruced up. Artists have been seen touching up the paint on some of the uniquely-designed trash cans in the uptown area. New window displays have been set. Store front windows are gleaming; some have been painted.

Nu Hope Thrift Store on South Main Avenue has a fresh scene painted on its windows. Lake Placid High School junior Norma Pratts said she was thrilled to be asked to paint the windows. The establishment now boasts a depiction of an antique pickup truck overflowing with caladiums.

“I thought of the truck because it’s vintage,” explained the 17-year-old. “I thought it worked well because Nu Hope has vintage items also.”

Other windows have clusters multicolored caladiums. Pratts thought of making a family of “caladium people” and employee Dale Moore created them from items found in the second hand store. Bates Suns & Daughters Caladiums donated the bulbs that now grace the entrance of Nu Hope.

At the Caladium Arts and Crafts Cooperative, volunteers and artists have been busy rotating and changing merchandise to compliment the upcoming seasons. Ice cream will be served in the back room of the Caladium Arts and Crafts Cooperative during the Caladium Festival and artists will provide demonstrations of their craft.

Walgreen’s will set up tents in its parking lot and give out free cold water. According to the Lake Placid store manager, pharmacists will provide free blood pressure checks, too.

Some stores that are normally closed on Saturdays will be open –– or open later than usual. Additional employees and volunteers have been asked to work during the Caladium Festival weekend.

STR8 UP Youth Ministry lent a hand at the Noon Rotary Park on Interlake Boulevard by weeding landscape beds and planting new caladium bulbs. They also planted new bulbs at the Woman’s Club on North Main Avenue.

Classic cars, bikes and trucks will be sporting new coats of wax to prepare for the Saturday, July 26 classic car show in DeVane Park. Swamp buggies and airboats will take their place on Sunday, July 27 in the same venue.

Be sure to take in all of the sights from Stuart Park and DeVane Park and patronize Lake Placid’s merchants. You will be sure to see what makes Lake Placid a “Most Interesting Town,” according to Reader’s Digest magazine.