Sunday, January 29, 2012

Upcoming Adirondack Winter Carnivals

This February, local revelers and from those from around the world will take part in the Adirondack region’s Winter Carnival season. Events like the Ladies’ Fry Pan Toss, Polar Bear Plunges, Outhouse Races, Parades, and a Hot Air Balloon Fly-Off make these events not to be missed.

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is touted by National Geographic Traveler as one of the “Top 10 Winter Carnivals” in the world. For 115-years, this annual winter celebration has transformed the Village of Saranac Lake. On February 3, the carnival kicks off with a bang as the opening Fireworks signal the start of the 10-day festival. Enjoy fun for the whole family and special carnival events. Watch the Curlers toss stones, join in local ski races, toss a cast-iron pan, and snag a front row spot for the Gala Parade. Don’t miss a tour through the Carnival’s crowned jewel – the Ice Palace. Constructed from ice blocks quarried in nearby Lake Flower, the palace is the perfect place to watch the Carnival’s opening and closing fireworks.

Lake George Winter Carnival offers festivities throughout February. Every weekend, the village of Lake George heads outside to revel in the snow. Dive in during the Polar Bear Plunge, play ice golf, enjoy fireworks, a giant snow slide and ice castle. Take a ride in a hot air balloon and don’t miss the “Moon Glow” and “Fly Off,” where hot air balloons will rise into the wintry sky.

Old Forge Winter Carnival is slated for February 3 and 4 at McCauley Mountain. Enjoy a parade, music, bonfire, snowshoe and ski events, fireworks, a cardboard sled race, and more.

WinterXCape Winterfest in Lowville is slated for February 4. Enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides, dogsled rides, a petting zoo, geo-caching, cross-country skiing, a snowman contest, refreshments and more.

WinterFest in Indian Lake, slated for February 17-19, promises a jam-packed weekend of Adirondack events. Enjoy ski and snowboarding races, a craft fair, the annual snowmobile poker run and organized snowshoe outings.

Raquette Lake Winter Carnival kicks off February 18-19. Celebrate winter and enjoy winter sports events, a bonfire and fireworks in this idyllic Adirondack village.

Inlet’s Frozen Fire & Lights on February 25 offers a full day of family fun with free sledding, ice-skating, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Enjoy fireworks, a bonfire and complimentary refreshments.

Tri-Town Winterfest in the St. Lawrence River Valley kicks off the second weekend in February and lasts all week long. Enjoy outdoor concerts and theatrical shows, scrapbooking demos and workshops, a chili cook-off and the Polar Bear Golf Tournament.

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3 Responses

  1. Paul says:

    John, this is a great picture. Where is this from. IT looks like about 1980?

  2. Editorial Staff says:

    Paul, I don’t remember. I believe it’s from the Lake Placid Library. If it wasn’t for the sled coming at us in the top right, I’d say 1975. I’ve got a box full of old Super 8mm films from about 1969 to 1973 of snowmobile races, some dragging on grass – they’re really cool. I used to race in the early 1980s, and I love to go to the vintage races when I hear about them. If you haven’t seen it already, I wrote a series on the history of snowmobiles here back in 2007, the link to it is in the sidebar. – John

  3. Paul says:

    Thanks John. We had a ski-doo just like that one in the picture when I was a kid so it brought back memories.