SARANAC LAKE - Like the hero from an old western, the 2010 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival rode off into the sunset, but not before turning this Adirondack village into a boomtown.
With the festivities finally coming to a close, Carnival Committee chair Jeff Dickson said this year's carnival was a definite success.
"My impression is that we had very large crowds," said Dickson, "and everything went off without a hitch, which is always a good thing."
The 10-day celebration came to a climax Feb. 13 with its annual Gala Parade. There were 65 entries for this year's parade, which again drew thousands of people to the village.
"It's always a big shot in the arm for us this time of year," said Sylvie Nelson, director of the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.
Evidence of the carnival's economic impact will become clearer in the next few months as occupancy tax revenues are assessed, but Nelson said the crowds made for a "full house" for local businesses and hotels.
"Most of our members were full as far as accommodations," she said, adding that tourists are still making their way to the area just to see the Ice Palace, which could remain standing for another few weeks.
"It's really weather dependent," said Dickson. "As soon as they feel it's unsafe, they'll knock it down."
Also in the near future, the carnival committee will hold meetings to determine the theme for the 2011 Winter Carnival, which has already been scheduled for Feb. 4-13, 2011. Suggestions from the public are welcome.
"We look forward to having everyone back again," said Dickson.
2010 Winter Carnival results
Children's Ice Skating Races
1. Sydney Dann (:37)
2. Karlie Goetz (:41)
3. Sophia Kelting (:43)
1. Kaylen Reiley (:23)
2. Carter Sturgeon (:24)
3. Joey Walsh (:31)
First Grade Girls
1. Leena Keal (:41)
2. Cedar Young (:43)
First Grade Boys
1. Rhett Darrah (:23)
2. Reuben Bernstein (:35)
Second Grade Girls
1. Meagan O'Brien (:49)
2. Katelyn Gay (:53)
3. Madelyn Gay (1:00)
Second Grade Boys
1. Benjamin Munn (:43)
2. Camden Reiley (:59)
3. Nicholas Kelting (1:10)
Third Grade Girls
1. Maggie Carpenter (1:23)
2. Julia Chapin (1:24)
3. Mistre Newton (1:40)
Third Grade Boys
1. Zach Ellsworth (:58)
2. Quinlan Peer (1:04)
3. Tristan Shelhamer (1:05)
Fourth Grade Girls
1. Arriana Patraw (1:22)
2. Madison Brown (1:32)
3. Madison Grimone (1:39)
Fourth Grade Boys
1. Brett Dawson (1:21)
2. Abraham Newton (1:25)
3. Connor O'Brien (1:26)
Fifth Grade Girls
1. Cameron Snyder (1:43)
2. Lindsay Reeve (1:51)
3. Jackie Garso (1:52)
1st Place Float: Adirondack Medical Center
1st Place Walking: St. Joseph's Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery Centers
2nd Place Float: Trudeau Institute
2nd Place Walking: High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care
Civic or Volunteer Group
1st Place Float: VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post #3357
1st Place Walking: Adirondack Green Circle
2nd Place Float: Whiteface Mountain Masonic Lodge #289
2nd Place Walking: 55th VA/118th NY Historical Re-Enacting Unit
1st Place Float: Northern Lights School
1st Place Walking: Adirondack Museum
2nd Place Float: Upstate Vinyl Graphics/Church Street Enterprises
1st Place Float: St. Bernard's School
1st Place Walking: Bloomingdale School
2nd Place Float: North Country Community College
2nd Place Walking: Paul Smiths Forestry Club
1st Place Float: Saranac Village at Will Rogers
1st Place Walking: Adirondack Lawnchair Ladies
2nd Place Float: 600 HP Cowboys
2nd Place Walking: Brothers of the Bush
1st Place: Paul Smith Draft Horse Club
Louis Forbare Memorial Trophy