Curling, snowshoe races and other sports are part of the festivities at the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival.
“Zonker” has been looking to the skies in anticipation for the coming weeks.
That is because a Space Alien Invasion is coming to the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, Feb. 3-12, in the village of Saranac Lake.
Members of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee have been finalizing plans for the the 10-day festival, complete with sports, dances, performances, two parades, three fireworks shows and, of course, the Ice Palace.
The committee will next meet on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 6 p.m. in the Large Group Instruction Room at the Saranac Lake High School.
As for “Zonker,” his likeness will again grace the front of the 2012 Winter Carnival button, as drawn and designed by Garry Trudeau.
Buttons are $3 and are available at the following locations: Ace hardware, Adirondack Bank Main St., Adirondack Bank Branch, Adult Center, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Adirondack Wine and Liquor, Amanda’s Village Motel, Ampersound, Bear Essentials, Belvedere, Bloomin Market, Blue Line Sports Shop, Blue Moon Café, Captain Cooks, Chamber of Commerce, Community Bank Main St., Community Bank Branch, Eco Living, Fusion Market, Goody-Goody’s, HSBC Bank, Hyde’s Mobile Nice and Easy, Hyde’s Mobile Broadway, Kinney Drug Store, K&E Enterprise, Lake View Deli, Maurice’s, McKenzie’s Restaurant, NBT bank, Norman’s Store, Post Office Pharmacy, Rice Furniture, Saranac Lake Discount Liquor, Vets Club, The Waterhole, and Saranac Village at Will Rogers.
Also, mail orders can be made to Barbara Martin, 230 Broadway, Saranac Lake, N.Y. 12983. Shipping costs are $2 for 1-5 buttons, $5 for 6-9, and$ 7 for 10 or more.
Events kick off on Thursday, Feb. 2 with the 13th annual Past Royalty Dinner at the Red Fox Restaurant, followed by the coronation of the 2012 carnival royalty at the Harrietstown Hall at 7:30 p.m.
The Ice Palace Fun Run takes place on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 10 a.m., with other events including the 19th Annual Business & Professional Women Chocolate Festival; Lutheran Church Women’s Craft Sale; Petrova Elementary School Winter Carnival; The Curling Exhibition near the State Boat Launch site on Lake Flower, Paul Smith’s College Woodsmen’s Exhibition; White Stag Downhill Ski Races; NBT Bank Ladies’ Fry Pan Toss; 14th annual Saranac Lake Figure Skating Spaghetti Dinner: and the Lighting Of Ice Palace, followed by the Guide Boat Realty Fireworks Display.
The 9-Pin No-Tap Bowling Tournament takes place on Sunday, Feb. 5, along with the H & R Block Ultimate Frisbee Games at the Petrova Athletic Fields; and the The Spike of Ice Icicle Contest at the Ice Palace.
An interfaith service, bingo and classic film will be events on Monday, Feb. 6, while there will be a scavenger hunt for middle grade students, Grand Marshal Reception, Royalty dinner and firemen’s broomball on Tuesday, Feb. 7.
Mac’s Canoe Livery snowshoe races will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 8, with Torchlight Skiing at Mount Pisgah Ski Center and fireworks along with the 25th Annual Meineker Figure Skating Show at the Saranac Lake Civic Center taking place on Thursday, Feb. 9.
The Adirondack Bank innertube races at Mount Pisgah; the 23rd annual winter book sale at the Saranac Lake Free Library; NBT Bank children’s skating races; and the annual Rotary Club Variety Show at the Harrietstown Town Hall will take place on Friday, Feb. 10.
Saturday, Feb. 11 events include the Mason’s Pancake Breakfast; breakfast at McDonalds with Grimace and Carnival Characters; meeting the carnival characters at the Ice Palace; the 23rd Annual Winter Book Sale; Lion’s Club chili sale; Paul Smith’s College Woodsmen’s Exhibition at Riverside Park; Paul Smith’s College Alumni Reunion; and the Gala Parade at 1 p.m., from Broadway & Main Street from Ampersand Ave to Lapan highway, with a band concert following at the Harrietstown Town Hall.
On Sunday, Feb, 12, wrap-up events include adult cross country skiing at Dewey Mountain; the Bionique Snowflake Volleyball Tournament; snowshoe softball: the second Casey McHugh Pond Hockey Tournament; Saranac Lake Teachers Association kids cross country races; the Kiddie Parade; the 17th Annual Winter Carnival Baroque Concert; Cape Air Carnival Slide Show; and the Gala Fireworks Display at the Ice Palace.
For more information and an updated list of events and venues, visit the website www.saranaclakewintercarnival.com.