Posted at: 07/30/2012 5:48 PM
| Updated at: 07/30/2012 5:57 PM
By: Mark Mulholland
BOLTON LANDING - It's a party on the lake.
Hundreds of boats drop anchor in Lake George's Log Bay. It happens on the last Monday of July every year.
"It's progressively gotten larger throughout the years," said Patrol Officer Pete Leone of Warren County Sheriff's Marine Unit. "I think the word through social media is getting out a lot so it's drawing more and more people in."
Police say for the most part, the hundreds of people who cruise in here each year are well behaved.
But there are exceptions.
"Notoriously, we always end up with fights in there somewhere so have to keep an eye out for that sort of thing," said Leone.
That's why there are at least a dozen boats patrolling the crowd and another half-dozen police wave runners that can get into shallow areas that the patrol boats can't.
If the revelers were bothered by all the police presence, they weren't saying.
"I think it's very good protection. I have younger children so I know what goes on with the '21-club,'" said Jennifer Bonnier of Schaghticoke as she sipped on a beer aboard a pontoon boat.
As a NewsChannel 13 camera was rolling early in the afternoon, the party was tame, but the small army of law enforcement expected it to pick up as the alcohol continued to flow.
Dan Joslin was looking forward to it and planned to get a closer view as revelers paired up and stacked up for games of "shoulder wars."
Joslin telling a reporter that he was most looking forward to "Seeing all the chicken fights that are going to be happening."