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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Chautauqua Light The Lakes

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Light the Lakes is pleased to announce the first annual fireworks spectacular — an historic, record-breaking event for the entire region.

MAYVILLE - The Bemus Bay Pops, Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau, the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency and New York State Senator Catharine M. Young are pleased to announce Light the Lakes - a ground-breaking, historical event that will light the Chautauqua Sky in one of the largest fireworks displays in North America that can be seen from space.
All of Chautauqua County is invited to participate as this event draws spectators regionally as well as locally.
Light the Lakes will take place during Labor Day weekend with the big "take-off" on Aug. 31.
There will be several locations for "takeoff" including: Bemus Point, Findley Lake, Jamestown, Lakewood, Mayville/Chautauqua, Midway State Park and Westfield/Barcelona.
"The idea was to create an event that the entire county could collectively promote as one major destination. When you market this area as one with all its unique layers of diversity from each community it makes us more competitive and appealing to attracting more visitors to our region." said Dan Dalpra, founder of Light the Lakes and the Bemus Bay Pops.
The event will include a collaboration of different events throughout the day leading up to the spectacular lighting of the Chautauqua Sky at 10:10 p.m.
At each "take-off" location the fireworks will run simultaneously to a live music broadcast via radio feed. As well as radio feed, there will also be a live television feed broadcasted from an airplane above as the fireworks display takes place.
"This exciting event could draw us national attention and become a huge annual event with unlimited economic opportunities. I am working with NASA to participate in the future with our fireworks being observed from the space station," Dalpra said.
The event is co-sponsored by Media One, Jamestown Post-Journal, and WGRZ TV, with support from Bemus Bay Pops, Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency, the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau, Chautauqua Lake Association and New York State Senator Catharine M. Young.
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1 comment:

Anitap said...

I am looking for pictures of this event