The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is a 10-day, community-wide event that traces its roots to a one-day Winter Carnival held in 1897 by the Pontiac Club. The Carnival honors this heritage by building an Ice Palace from blocks of ice harvested from Lake Flower’s Pontiac Bay, where carnival events have been traditionally held for generations.
Winter Carnival buttons are one of the longest-running traditions at the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. The buttons are collected by residents and visitors every year and have a devoted following of those who enjoy capturing a piece of Winter Carnival history. Proceeds from button sales benefit the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. The button costs $4.
The merchants selling buttons in Saranac Lake are Ace Hardware, Adirondack Bank, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Adirondack Liquor, Amanda’s Village Motel, Ampersound, Bear Essentials Apparel, Belvedere Restaurant, Blue Line Sports, Blue Moon Café, Captain Cook’s, Community Bank, Eco Living, First Niagara Bank, Fusion Market, Goody Goody’s, Hyde’s, K&E Enterprises, Kinney’s, Lakeview Deli, Maurice Hair Salon, McKenzie’s Grille, NBT Bank, Post Office Pharmacy, Rice Furniture, Rusty Nail, Saranac Lake Adult Center, Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce, Saranac Lake Discount Liquor, Saranac Village at Will Rogers and Waterhole. The merchants selling buttons in Bloomingdale are Blooming Market and Norman’s Store.
The buttons will also be sold during Winter Carnival on Jan. 31 – Feb. 9 at its headquarters and are available through mail order by sending a check payable to “Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee” to Barb Martin, 230 Broadway, Saranac Lake NY 12983. Past Winter Carnival buttons are also available for $5. For more information contact Barb Martin at 518-891-2382. There is an additional cost for shipping based on quantity of buttons ordered: 1-5 – $3, 6-9 – $5, 10 or more – $7.
For more information, visit the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival website at www.saranaclakewintercarnival.com.
Photo below: The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival parade in about 1918-1919. Note the World War One veteran float being pulled by an early snowmobile.