Not only will Saturday be the day the village unveils a brand new lucy statue in Lucille Memorial Park, but it will also be when the first ever Chautauqua Lake Dragon Boat Race takes place.
The Chautauqua Lake Dragon Boat Race & Festival actually begins Friday and continues Saturday at the Park. This is the first dragon boat festival to be held on Chautauqua Lake with proceeds going to the Chautauqua Lake Association. A total of 25 to 30 teams will be participating in the races, which start at 9 a.m. Saturday.
The Festival portion of the event starts Friday at 3 p.m. when food and craft vendors open and Dragon boat participants will practice in the lake starting at 4 p.m. At 6 p.m. There will also be live music at 7 p.m. with the band We Speak Canadian.
For more information, visit chqdragonrace.org.
NEW LUCY STATUE UNVEILING
As for the brand new Lucille Ball Statue, the official unveiling of the Statue by artist Carolyn Palmer will be at 11:30 a.m. in Lucille Ball Memorial Park. Palmer was commissioned in 2015 to create a new statue following a fundraising effort by the village of Celoron to replace the village’s original Lucy statue created by sculptor David Poulin. Poulin’s statue – dubbed the “Ugly Lucy Statue” – received international notoriety in the spring of 2015 after a Facebook page entitled “We Love Lucy, Get Rid of the Statue” went viral.
Even with the new Lucille Ball statue being added to the park, village officials say that the Poulin’s statue will also remain in the park, since it has become an attraction for the village since it’s story went viral in 2015.