RUSSELLS POINT — A Native American tradition continues at Indian Lake during the annual Ring of Fire event on Sunday.
“It’s been something that has been going on since our amusement park days,” said Megan Carlotta, assistant to the executive director at the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce. “Ring of Fire is actually based off of a Native American tradition. Basically during the time of harvest, they would light bonfires to signify the start of harvest and to thank the gods for the harvest.”
The 5,800-acre lake will have flares set off at 9 p.m., which creates a glowing fire ring around the lake.
“We distribute many cases of flares, but basically they are available through businesses. They light for about half an hour. If you are a homeowner on the water, you can purchase flares for your property so you can participate,” Carlotta said.
The Indian Lake Key Club distributes the flares along bike paths and Paradise Island.
“You see many people, not just homeowners, come just to see the Ring of Fire. They’ll bring a lawn chair and just kind of enjoy it, as a send off to summer,” Carlotta said. “At Indian Lake for many years it has been seen as a seasonal lake, but now we’re busier than ever in the winter time, so we really see it as a way to transition from the summer into a new season which is the fall.”
Proceeds made from the sale of the flares are used primarily for the annual fireworks.
Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.