Thursday, February 18, 2016

Brant Lake Winter Carnival: Outhouse Races, Music, More

12742643_1003139253087073_6336187608282204716_nLast year my family attended the annual Brant lake Winter Carnival at Jimbo’s Club at the Point. It was a fun-filled day of activities from snowshoe softball to outhouse races. According to the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance’s Cindy Meade, this year’s event is still offering all those same events on the shoreline of beautiful Brant Lake.

“This is the fourth [year] for the winter carnival,” says Meade, who noted the lake now has over 10 inches of ice. The Lake Placid Curling Club will be offering demonstrations and there will be a $1,000 in cash prizes for the outhouse races. The rules are posted on the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance Facebook page. The winners also received an outhouse birdhouse donated by McCluskey’s Hardware in Chestertown.

In addition to the outhouse races, the schedule includes skating, a hockey shoot-off, a womens’ frying pan toss, a vintage snowmobile display, food vendors and music. All the events are free to enter, except the outhouse race (there is a $25 entry fee to participate).

Meade is encouraging anyone with a drone to bring it out on the lake. She hopes people will post their footage and then the Winter Carnival Committee would be able to incorporate the drones into a competitive event the next year. The Fourth Annual Brant Lake Winter Carnival is this Saturday, February 20th from 11 am until 8 pm.

“I also want to thank the Town of Horicon,” says Meade. “I want to acknowledge all the hard work the town gives to the event from arranging for advertising to providing the fireworks. They do so much for this event.”

Outhouse race photo provided.

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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

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