Spectators at the first-ever Brant Lake Winter Carnival try their hand at the sport of curling. The second annual Brant Lake Winter Carnival is being held Saturday, Feb. 8, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Jimbo’s on the Point at Brant Lake. Planned for the event are outhouse races, snowshoe softball games, broomball games, skating, hockey shoot off, ladies’ fry pan toss competition, vintage snowmobile display, food, music, fireworks at dusk and more. Softball games begin around 11 a.m., with outhouse races beginning with lineup at 2:30 p.m. Fireworks are scheduled for around dusk, with music by the Stony Creek Band late afternoon through evening. All times and events subject to change. Photo by Brandon Himoff
A wide variety of family-oriented activities are occuring today, Saturday Feb. 8 at the second annual Brant Lake Winter Carnival.
The Carnival will be held from 11 a.m. to dusk at Jimbo’s on the Point on Brant Lake.
Activities will be available for all ages and range from ice skating and broomball games to curling demonstrations, ladies frying pan toss and a hockey shoot-out.
“The Brant Lake Winter Carnival is held by the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance to spur community involvement and bring life back into our towns,” Alliance official Cindy Mead said.
A returning favorite, the outhouse race is expected to draw many participants with bizarre creations. The race is dedicated to Davin Berg — a local resident who was a certified ski and snowboard instructor — who passed away at the age of 29 in 2009. His parents Randy and Patricia are donating $300 and have raised a total of $845 thus far toward the Carnival.
The outhouse race is to begin at 3 p.m., with lineup starting at 2:30 p.m.
Another new attraction offered is the vintage snowmobile display and competition, expected to draw a lot of snowmobile owners out with some rare sleds from the 1960s and 1970s.
The festivities will kick off with snowshoe softball around 11 a.m. with local adult teams competing. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., people can try their hand at the sport of curling — sliding a handled weight over the ice — with the assistance of the Lake Placid Curling Team who will be demonstrating their skills.
The Ladies Frying Pan Toss competition is to occur between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Broomball tournaments are to be held between 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Hockey Shoot-out competition is to be held between 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Also offered are public skating and a snow-packed sledding hill — bring your own sled & skates.
Also to be offered are: ice golf, ice bowling, bonfires, face painting, music, and plenty of savory food all day long.
The event concludes with the Stony Creek Band, regional favorites performing Americana roots rock, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. inside Jimbo’s. An aerial display of fireworks occurs at 7:30 p.m.
Times and events are subject to change.