Long Lake is ready to celebrate the snowy season with its annual Winter Carnival this Saturday, January 17. The town will be flooded with royalty, bonfires and fireworks, with other events tucked in between. The Long Lake Winter Carnival also kicks off the first leg of the Adirondack Cardboard Sled Race.
According to Indian Lake’s Events Activities Coordinator Vonnie Liddle , the Adirondack Cardboard Sled Circuit is in its third year. Participates need to race in three out of the five local venues with a trophy going to the overall winner. The races are free to all and the sleds can be assembled ahead of time. Please check each venue for rules and regulations.
“People can get a scorecard at the first event this weekend in Long Lake, “ says Liddle. “They use the same sled in all races made out of just cardboard and duct tape. There is also someone that checks the sleds for safety.”
“The cardboard sled races are exciting for all ages. It’s a different experience than sledding on plastic or an expensive sled,” says Liddle. “We always have at least 40 people competing. There are a variety of categories, but the most competitive is the 9-12 age group. We even have an event for the local contractors. The race is a great way to get families involved together.”
My family once duct-taped together a masterpiece of a cardboard sled for a similar event. We didn’t win, or even receive one of consolation prizes such as “Most Attractive” or “Most Spirited”, but we did get is a morning full of laughter.
The Adirondack Cardboard Sled Race Circuit
January 17 at 1 pm – Long Lake Winter Carnival
February 15 at 1 pm – Indian Lake Winterfest
February 15 at 3pm – Old Forge McCauley Mountain
February 28 at 1 pm – Inlet’s Frozen Fire and Lights
February 28 at 1 pm – Oak Mountain’s Famous Cardboard Race
Photo by Alexandra Roalsvig, Town of Long Lake