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Jumping into the fall

Art Devlin Cup on the line at Flaming Leaves Festival

October 5, 2012
Lake Placid News

LAKE?PLACID - The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority's (ORDA) annual Flaming Leaves Festival will take place at the Olympic Jumping Complex, Saturday, Oct. 6 and Sunday, Oct. 7.

There are plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy including live blues music, great barbecue food, lawn games for kids and adults, a craft market and some of the country's best ski jumpers flying off the 90-meter ski jump.

This year's festival will also play host to the second event in the 2012 Art Devlin Cup series. Lake Placid native Miles Lussi enters the competition as the leader in the chase for the prestigious cup after winning the July 4th jump. He'll face-off against more of the country's best jumpers during the Saturday competition. The first round is scheduled for noon, while the second round is slated for 1 p.m.

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Taylor Fletcher of Steamboat Springs, Colo. soars through the air as spectators look on during last year’s Flaming Leaves Festival at the Olympic Jumping Complex in Lake Placid. This year’s event takes place Saturday, Oct. 6 and Sunday, Oct. 7.
Mike Lynch/Lake Placid News

On Sunday, more jumpers will take to the air off the 90-meter hill during the New York Ski Educational Foundation (NYSEF) event. The first round will be held at noon, followed by the second round at 1 p.m.

The music begins at noon on Saturday, with Lostdog taking the Olympic Jumping Complex stage for their first of two sets, noon to 1 p.m. and 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday's blues lineup also features Joe Lowry & The Second City Mile Blues Band, from Albany, from 1 to 2 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m.

On Sunday, it's Los Blancos, from Syracuse, and Larry Stone & The Stoneground Express' turn. Los Blancos' first set is from noon to 1 p.m. and then they're back from 2 to 3 p.m. Larry Stone, a retired ski jump instructor, and his band will entertain the crowd from 1 to 2 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m.

While at the jumping complex, spectators can check out the autumn colors from atop the 120-meter ski jump. A chairlift will take visitors to the base of the jump, while a 26-story elevator ride will take them to the top, where guests can overlook the Adirondack High Peaks.

The annual festival is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days and admission is $15 for adults and $9 for juniors and seniors. Two-day passes are also available, $25 for adults and $15 for juniors and seniors, while the Olympic Sites Passport will also be honored for admission.

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