Americade organizers announced the rescheduling of the major Lake George event this morning. Keep reading to find out the new dates and what they’re doing to ensure everyone’s safety.
Americade has been rescheduled from June 2 – 6 to July 21 – 25 for 2020. Americade organizer Christian Dutcher made the announcement via Facebook today, April 22nd.
“The health of our community and guests is paramount, but it is our sincere hope that by late July, it will be possible to bring Americade back to Lake George as long as there are no federal, state, or local regulations that would preclude it,” Dutcher said in a statement. “We will be very sensitive to public health concerns. We will conduct Americade 2020 in a manner that is respectful of the terrible ordeal this pandemic has caused.”
Safety protocols for this year include social distancing, hand washing, and scenic tours instead of large group gatherings. Organizers will adhere to health and safety guidelines and work closely with Warren County Public Health Services for a “touchless” Americade.
Dutcher noted that July is a busy time in Lake George, so Americade is reaching out to its local hospitality partners to ensure adequate accommodations will be available.
These are the specified changes:
- The number of people attending the expo will be restricted to ensure plenty of spaces between attendees.
- Some events that have historically attracted shoulder-to-shoulder crowds will not be held.
- Attendees will be encouraged to register electronically (instead of in person) and pay remotely.
- Americade 2020 will de-emphasize guided, large-group rides and instead facilitate unguided rides.
- For lunches during rides, participants will be encouraged to choose from a broad selection of restaurants to reduce crowding in any one establishment.
“Americade’s decision to postpone rather than cancel is a welcome decision for our region’s economy,” Lake George Mayor Robert Blais said in the statement. “Our great family resort has the ability to host a wide variety of events successfully and cooperatively. We look forward to working with Americade and blending them into our busy season.”
“This is a community of many small, family-owned businesses, and we are so appreciative of Americade’s continued support,” Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Gina Mintzer said in the statement. “Americaders can count on the warm welcome they’ve come to expect and Lake George’s trademark hospitality – delivered gratefully, cheerfully, and at a safe distance.”
Dutcher hopes for a “full-throttle” Americade in 2021.