With temperatures hovering around 11 degrees all day long, new visitors, second homeowners and local residents turned out for the Long Lake 18th Annual Winter Carnival at the Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center.
As the day progressed the snow started to fall, adding to the collective outdoor wintry experience for the visitors. The Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department hosted the event and coordinated all the races and activities.
Events kicked-off with the coronation of the Moonlighters Snowmobile Club King and Queen, Eddie and Kitsy Rockstroh from Clifton Park and Long Lake. Other events played out throughout the day including an ice sculpture park by the Ice Farm of Auburn, NY installing a variety of pieces, including the Long Lake Selfie Board featuring fur trappers and a carving of Owls Head Mountain and the iconic Fire Tower.
The Long Lake Fire Department served a complimentary lunch throughout the day from inside the Geiger Arena warming hut.
The day ended with a bonfire and fireworks, followed up with Live Music at area venues.
2020 Long Lake Winter Carnival Winners
Moonlighters Snowmobile Club King and Queen
Eddie and Kitsy Rockstroh of Clifton Park and Long Lake, NY
Goalie’s Day Off 1 st Jeff Ruby
Ladies Frying Pan Toss – Prizes Sponsored by Town of Long Lake
1st Lillian Dechene – 53’ 3”
2nd Hillarie Logan-Dechene – 53’
3rd Anna Dechene – 49’
Men’s Feats of Strength – Prizes Sponsored by Town of Long Lake
1st Dan Gereau 34’ 3” feet
2nd Matt LaPlant – 31’ 9” feet
3rd Jeff Ruby – 26’ 9” feet
Wackiest Hat Contest – Cash Prize Sponsored by Town of Long Lake
1st Maria Clark
2nd Lorrie Gambino
3rd Axel Lewis
Cardboard Sled Races – Sponsored by Town of Long Lake
12 & Under
1st Quinn Giordano
2nd Kaleb Keller
3rd Charlotte Harris
1st Sara Kallfelz – Winter Cat
2nd Carissa & Carrera Lance – Ralphies Revenge
3rd Harrison Hall – Jaws
1st Sam Keller
2nd Lillian Dechene, Madi Holmes, Christian Fisher
3rd Kelsie Adams
Best in Show – Prizes Sponsored by the Long Lake Fire Department
1st Carissa and Carrera Lance – Ralphie’s Revenge
2nd Harrison Hall – Jaws
3rd Griffin and Declan Farr – Cool Runnings
Best Cardboard Sled Crash – Sponsored by the Long Lake Diner
Team Loonie Bin – Mary Dery, Maddie Dery, Jenny Jurczak, Walter Juzukonis, Donna Umpenour, Scott Umpenour
Chazen Companies was on site meeting with the public about the Long Lake/Raquette Lake Comprehensive Plan throughout the afternoon. Survey’s were available and people offered their feedback on what they loved about the community and what they’d like the future to look like.
Photo of Carnival King and Queen Eddie and Kitsy Rockstroh.