The Ring of Fire — where property owners light bonfires around the Great Sacandaga Lake — has been an end-of-season ritual since 1988 and on Sunday night, that tradition will continue.
“It’ll happen rain or shine,” said Louis Stutzke, president of the Great Sacandaga Lake Business Association.
The bonfires mark the end of summer.
“It’s kind of bittersweet,” said Anthony Lanzi, co-owner/co-manager of Sport Island Pub and Restaurant with his four brothers.
The pub is one of four businesses that are owned and operated by the five brothers. Three of them are by the lake, including Sport Island and Lanzi’s on the Lake. At both places, there will be bonfires for people to enjoy.
Lanzi said that no one officially organizes the event since it’s been happening for a long time. People just know about it, and many decide to take part in it.
According to Lanzi, getting ready for the bonfire is also a way to help clean up the beach.
Debris that’s washed up on the beach is piled together with downed tree limbs and things like broken picnic tables.
Stacey Gordon, who owns Gordon’s Lakeside Marine with her husband, Gregg, will also have a bonfire down on the beach.
She described the scene of the bonfires being lit up as beautiful.
“If you look around the shoreline of the lake, there will be fires all the way around,” she said.