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Contestants in the Lake George Winter Carnival's outhouse race held last weekend drag their creation towards the finish line. This weekend's carnival action promises a wide range of family activities.
The Lake George Winter Carnival will blanket the town with excitement during the month of February.
The events will begin on Saturday, Feb. 2 with opening ceremonies at noon on Shephard Park Beach and the Winter Carnival Parade at 4 p.m.
“We have a lot that will be going on this year in the true Adirondack theme,” said Nancy Nichols, Carnival co-chairperson.
The winter weather has made some strong ice this year to hold up the zany, crazy and fun outhouse races on opening day at 12:30 p.m. as well as the Snow Cross Races that will make its Carnival debut on opening day. Nichols said the winter weather will bring an excited crowd this year.
“Last year we had very mild weather, but people come for the Winter Carnival and we’re expecting a lot of people,” Nichols said. “Last year was a treat, but they really want a true Winter Carnival.”
Last year, due to the warmer weather, certain events had to be moved or cancelled.
The thick ice will serve as a sturdy platform for the North East Snow X series Carnival Cup race that will debut on Feb. 9 and 10. The races will be like the X Games for snowmobiles. Race will begin off West Brook Road at the former Gaslight Village site. Registration will begin at 9 a.m.
The infamous outhouse races attracted a large following at last year’s festivities with the attraction drawing the cameras from the Discovery Channel. Cameras were following the story of a local man creating the faux-outhouse creations to be pulled across the ice. Nichols said this year will be no different, with many people flocking to the ice to see what outdoor concoctions people will race this year. Those interested in participating in the outhouse run can register at Duffy’s Tavern or by calling 668-5323.
The various other ice-top events and races on Feb. 16 and 17 will be the New York State AMA sanctioned Motorcycle and ATV Ice Race Championship and the ATV Poker/Scavenger hunt and kite flying on the ice.
Car races on the ice are scheduled for the Carnival’s final weekend, Feb. 23 and 24.
New this year, there will be a doggy talent contest, “Your Dog’s Got Talent!” Nichols said that the competition is open to any special canine friend with a talent to share. The competitions will be held every weekend day at 2:30 p.m. at Shephard Park.
During all of the weekends, there will be helicopter rides with tethered hot-air balloon rides. Tubby Tubes Giant Tubing slide will be open at Shephard Park. Children’s activities will be held both Saturday and Sunday. The snowmobile water skip will be held a 2:30 p.m. every weekend day.
A full schedule of events can be found at www.lakegeorgewintercarnival.com.