Fireworks display at the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Feb. 4
In just under three weeks, the King and Queen will be named and the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival will be under way.
Until then, members of the organizing committee will be in high gear to make sure that everything is in place for the 10 days of “Under the Sea,” celebrations that run from Feb. 1 through Feb. 10.
Through the month, the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee will meet each Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. in the large group instruction room of the Saranac Lake High School.
Currently, the committee is seeking vendor applications, which can be found at the Winter Carnival website (saranaclakewintercarnival.com) or the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, 193 River St. All vendors are required to fill out and return a vendor agreement to the Chamber of Commerce by Friday, Jan. 25. Any vendor serving food or beverages will also be responsible for securing an operating permit from the New York State Department of Health at least 30 days before the event. For more information about vendors, contact Rob Johnson at 327-3071.
The committee has also announced the sale of collectible posters designed by “Doonesbury” cartoonist Garry Trudeau. Trudeau’s illustration shows “Doonesbury" character Zonker Harris dressed in blue trunks swimming underwater with a school of fish. Trudeau has been creating the Winter Carnival button design since 1981 and offered his first poster design in 2012.
“We have 100 posters signed and numbered by Garry as well as unsigned ones,” said Carnival Committee Chairman Jeff Dickson. “Anyone who purchased a signed poster last year can claim the same poster number this year if they wish.”
For posters, contact Dickson at 891-4344 to be added to the list to obtain an unclaimed poster. Signed posters are $50, and unsigned ones are $15. Shipping is $5 per poster. There will also be a raffle for poster No. 1, with 100 raffle tickets be sold for $5 each. All proceeds benefit the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival.
Unsigned posters are available by contacting Dickson or at Ampersound.
As the carnival approaches, the committee will be hosting a Carnival Court Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser Monday, Jan. 14, at Belvedere Restaurant. Those interested in attending are asked to call 891-9873 for reservations.
Also, 2013 Winter Carnival calendars are for sale at $13 each or two for $25. For more information, call Rob Johnson at 327-3071.
Events gear up with the 14th Annual Past Royalty Mixer and Dinner Thursday, Jan. 31, at 5:30 p.m. at the Red Fox Restaurant (call 891-1286 for reservations), then begin in full with the Coronation of Carnival Royalty Ceremony and opening of the Winter Carnival Friday, Feb. 1, at the Harrietstown Town Hall and sponsored by the Women’s Civic Chamber. A post-coronation reception will follow.
Winter Carnival buttons are on sale at 37 locations throughout Saranac Lake. They are $3 each. Anyone interested in ordering buttons by mail should contact Barbara Martin, 230 Broadway, Saranac Lake NY 12983, 891-2382. The cost for postage is: 1-5 buttons, $3; 6-9 buttons, $6; and 10 buttons or more, $8. Checks should be made out to the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee.