Casella Drive-In Movie Festival benefiting Shipman Youth Center on Labor Day weekend

Annual event organized by USA Luge reinvented as a result of COVID-19


First 100 entries daily to receive free snacks and drinks



LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the event formerly known as the annual I Love BBQ and Music Festival at Lake Placid’s Olympic skating oval has been reimagined as the Casella Drive-In Movie Festival benefiting the Shipman Youth Center. It will be held Sept. 4-6 at the North Elba Show Grounds on Route 73 (5514 Cascade Road), site of the Opening Ceremony for the 1980 Winter Games.


In addition to Casella’s participation as title sponsor, the big screen and related technology will be provided by Eric Wilson’s Good Guy Productions. Movies begin nightly at 8 PM; gates open at 6:30. The movie festival marks the 15th consecutive year of assistance for the Shipman Youth Center. In its original form as a barbecue and music fest, the event became the center’s top fundraiser to provide needed financial assistance for its programs.


Event chairman Dmitry Feld, marketing manager for USA Luge, announced the movie schedule as follows:


Sept. 4 – Minions, followed by The Blues Brothers

Sept. 5 – School of Rock, Instant Family

Sept. 6 – Shrek, Jurassic Park


COVID-19 restrictions will be in place for the three nights, including marked parking locations at the show grounds, masks are required of all attendees, movie-goers must remain in their vehicles at all times unless using the restrooms. The first 100 guests each night to enter the venue will be given free packaged snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, hand sanitizer and masks.


Free will donation upon entry is $10 per person or $25 for a full vehicle.


The Casella Drive-In Movie Festival is also offering a raffle with 11 cash prizes. A limited number of tickets will be sold, with a top prize of $3,000. Just log on to www.shipmanyouthcenter.org and click on the DONATE button.


The weekend movie festival will take place no matter the weather.




The beneficiary of ILBBQF is The Shipman Youth Center (SYC) (www.shipmanyouthcenter.org), a not-for-profit community organization providing support to children and youth ages 10-18. The center was inspired by Thomas Shipman, a designated Lake Placid youth police officer, who died in 1999 and built the center with community donations of money, materials and labor. For the last 20 years, SYC has provided services to over 5,000 different children. Programs include homework time and assistance, community services, recreational services, weekly family-style dinners, dances, and guest speakers. SYC provides a supervised, safe and exciting environment where local children can grow and develop as individuals. Shipman Youth Center is 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization.