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LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – The aromas from the pit bosses will once again waft from the Olympic Speed Skating Oval in Lake Placid when the 10th Annual I Love BBQ and Music Festival, benefitting the Thomas Shipman Youth Center in Lake Placid, returns July 2-4.

The center, located just down the street from the skating oval, is a not-for-profit organization providing support and programs for youth 10-18 years of age. The facility was inspired by the late Thomas Shipman, a Lake Placid police officer who dedicated his life to the area’s youngsters.

USA Luge, the national governing body for the sport in the United States, helps support the organization of the annual event as a means of giving back to its home community.

Daily admission is $6 for adults; children under 10 will be admitted free of charge. And for the first time, the I Love BBQ and Music Festival and the I Love NY Horse Show will participate in reciprocal agreements, effective July 3-5. Ticket holders for one of those events during those days can gain entry to the other.

“For the last nine years, the I Love Barbecue and Music Festival has brought to Lake Placid over 300 barbecue teams from United States, Canada and Europe,” said festival organizer Dmitry Feld, USA Luge marketing manager. “We’ve had over 180 music bands from Lake Placid to Louisiana, and have attracted over 50,000 visitors. And in the previous nine years, thanks to undying support from our volunteers, we’re proud to say that we’ve raised over $180,000 for the Shipman Youth Center.”

Sponsors and supporters: Courtyard Marriott, Champlain National Bank ,Henry and Mildred Uihlein Foundation, Robert and Doreen Imbriani, Best Western Adirondack Inn, NBT Bank, Bernard and Karen Dayan, Norton Saint-Gobain, ORDA, Taylor family, WSLP 93.3 FM, The UPS Store, USA Luge, Casella Waste Management, Cape Air, Cushman Production, Connecting Youth and Communities, Ward family, Kiwanis Club of Lake Placid, Lunss,Lions Club of Lake Placid, Free and Accepted Masons of Lake Placid, Lake Placid Central School District, Community Bank, Lake Placid News, Bear Essentials, High Peaks Dental, Coca-Cola, Saranac Beverages, Cornell University Uihlein Forest, Lake Placid Summit Hotel, Placid Productions, Price Chopper Supermarket, US Olympic Training Center, McDonald’s of Lake Placid, Adirondack Bank, High Peaks Ford, Blue Moon Cafe, Lake Placid Family Dental, Coakley High Peaks Hardware, Foreverwild.com, Guideboat Realty, Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, Lisa G’s, Meister Accounting, JDE Computer Staffing, NEBS, Merrill Thomas Real Estate, Desperados, Hannaford Supermarket, High Peaks Resort, Burnham Solutions, The Whiteface Lodge, Tupper Lake Family Dental, Wildwood on the Lake, Tim Forman, Greg Peacock, Adirondac Rafting, The Olive Oil Factory, Mitlin Financial, Inc.

Special thanks to the Village of Lake Placid, Town of North Elba, Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department, Lake Placid Police Department, Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service, Butch Martin and the North Elba Park District.