The Long Lake Winter Carnival has been set for Saturday, January 19th, at the Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center, located at 6 Pavilion Way off of Deerland Road, NYS Route 30.
Events begin at noon, and include a bonfire, snowmobile parade, and coronation of the King and Queen. Free activities are slated throughout the day. The Cardboard Sled Races start at 1 pm with prizes awarded for speed and overall award for best decoration.
Cardboard sleds can be made with cardboard, paint, wax and tape only. Racing categories are for individuals and for teams. The ice skating rink and sledding hill will be open throughout the day.
Other events throughout the day include a Wackiest Hat Contest, Town-Wide Photo, Kids Balloon Chase, Goalie’s Day Off, Men’s Feats of Strength, the Ladies Frying Pan Toss, Broomball and fireworks at 6:30 pm. All events are free. Some events will require special waiver form to be signed by participants. The Ice Farm, featuring the talents of award-winning ice sculptor Stan Kolonko, will be on site carving works of ice art all day.
The Long Lake Fire Department will provide hot food, hot chocolate, popcorn and snacks. This event happens snow, rain or shine, though times are subject to change without notice.
12 pm Winter Carnival Kick off, Ice Sculptures Installation Begins, Registration opens and free lunch served by the Long Lake Fire Department
12:15 pm Snowmobile Parade – conditions permitting
12:30 pm Coronation of Moonlighter’s King and Queen
12:45 pm Wackiest Hat Competition
1:00 pm Cardboard Sled Races – Registration is required for Cardboard sled racing. Must be present and registered no later than 12:45 pm
1:45 pm Town Wide Photo
2:00 pm Balloon Chase for Kids 9 and under
2:30 pm One Shot Hockey aka Goalie’s Day Off
3:45 pm Men’s Feats of Strength
4:30 pm Broomball – 5 people per team, registration required.
6:30 pm Fireworks
Parking available in the lower parking lot, along South Hill Road, Owls Head Lane and at the Post Office after noon. There will be free shuttle service running starting at 6 pm until 2 am to and from the event location and pickups throughout town. Call (518) 524-3106 for a ride. Open to the public. Snowmobiles welcome.
Businesses or organizations interested in sponsoring an ice carving or race prizes are asked to contact the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Office at (518) 624-3077. Cash prizes provided by the Long Lake Fire Department, Long Lake Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club and the Town Of Long Lake.
For more information about Long Lake, click here or call (518) 624-3077.
Photo of cardboard sled racing by Jim Swedberg.