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Lake George mayor says burnouts and revving won't be tolerated next year

Lake George mayor says burnouts and revving won't be tolerated next year Photo: The Post-Star .

Mark Mulholland
Updated: September 15, 2020 08:43 PM
Created: September 15, 2020 04:17 AM

LAKE GEORGE - It wasn't an official car show this weekend, but the cars sure did show.

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Lake George's main drag was filled with smoke and burning tires Friday and Saturday night as cars came from all over to pull out and burn out.

"Unfortunately when you have that sort of car, the muscle car, the fast cars, it becomes kind of a testosterone thing where everybody is spinning their wheels," said Don Lehman, Warren County's public affairs director.

One of the cars jumped the curb and knocked over a fence. 

The village's mayor says no people were injured but the village's reputation was.

"It was an unruly crowd of thousands, out onto the streets, on the sidewalks, not a mask in sight, no one social distancing. It was extremely discouraging," said Mayor Bob Blais. "It's the same story as always, there's always a few that's gonna ruin it for the majority. And they certainly did."

Business owners were thrilled people came even though the show was canceled.

"The hotels and motels and the cash registers all around were ringing loud. What was going on out in the street, I don't think some of the merchants are even aware of it."

The mayor and Warren County Sheriff Jim LaFarr are meeting Thursday to discuss strategy for keeping it under control next year.

The sheriff shut down Canada Street Saturday night to get the crowds to disperse. LaFarr says they issued 28 tickets in all.

Blais says he'll meet with organizers of the car show, and he stresses they aren't to blame for this year.

"I'm hopeful next year it'll be changed. It'll be safe, and we'll make it that way."


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