Wednesday, January 12, 2022

20th Long Lake Winter Carnival set for Jan. 15

ice sculptureOn Saturday, January 15th at noon, the 20th Long Lake Winter Carnival will be held at Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center in Long Lake, NY. Events begin with a coronation of the King and Queen of the Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club followed by a slate of fun family friendly events. The Cardboard Sled Races start at 1 p.m. with prizes awarded for speed and overall award for Best Decoration.

Sleds can be made with cardboard, paint, wax and tape. 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 Fashion Competition with prizes for the Best Winter Carnival Outer Gear. Don your best and most creative winter outfits, team themes are encouraged!

Other events include a Town-Wide Photo, Kids Balloon Chase, Goalie’s Day Off, Men’s Feats of Strength, the Ladies Frying Pan Toss, and fireworks at 6:30 p.m. All events are free. The Ice Farm will be carving ice sculptures all day long. There are 11 businesses and organizations who will be featured in the Sabattis Ice Sculpture Garden.

There will also be a sculpture installation at the Long Lake Town Beach and a sculpture installed adjacent to the Raquette Lake Tap Room. New for 2022, there will be 20th Anniversary Winter Carnival T-shirts available for $20 each. All proceeds from the sales will benefit the 2022 Long Lake Healthy Living initiative emphasizing support for our outdoor parks and recreation trails.


The Long Lake Fire Department will provide complimentary hot food from their outdoor serving area. This event happens snow, rain, or sunshine. We ask all guests to wear masks inside the
Geiger Building, when less than six feet apart from others and on the Long Lake Little Bus.

Schedule of Events: (All times subject to change without notice.)

12 p.m. Winter Carnival Kick off, Ice Sculpture Installation Begins, Registration opens, and outdoor

lunch served by the Long Lake Fire Department and T-Shirt Sales open!
12:15 p.m. Coronation of Moonlighter’s King and Queen
12:30 p.m. Winter Fashion Competition – ANYTHING GOES
1 p.m. Cardboard Sled Races
1:45 p.m. Town Wide Photo
2 p.m. Balloon Chase for Kids 9 and under
2:15 p.m. Goalie’s Day Off
2:30 p.m. Men Feats of Strength Caber Toss
3 p.m. Ladies Frying Pan Toss
4 p.m. Free skating and sledding and bonfire
5 p.m. LITTLE BUS Free Transportation, please call 518-524-3106 *MASKS REQUIRED
6:30 p.m. Fireworks

cardboard sled race

These youngsters are all ready for Long Lake’s Winter Carnival cardboard sled races during last year’s event. Photo submitted by Long Lake Parks and Recreation as provided by Alex Roalsvig.

Event Friendly Reminder – Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, masks are required while guests are anywhere inside the Geiger Arena Building, on the Little Bus, and when less than 6 feet from others.

The Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center, Geiger Arena is located at 6 Pavilion Way across from the Long Lake Post Office on Deerland Road, New York State Route 30 in Long Lake, NY. Parking will be available in the lower parking lot, along South Hill Road, Owls Head Lane and at the Post Office after 12 p.m.

There will be a free shuttle service running starting at 5 p.m. until 2 a.m. to and from the event location and pickups throughout town. Call 518-524-3106 for a ride. Open to the public. Snowmobiles welcome! For more information about Long Lake please visit or call 518-624-3077.

Top photo: Long Lake Bear Ice Sculpture. Photo taken by Kate Slentz as provided by Alex Roalsvig. 

cardboard sled race

A slew of last year’s Long Lake Winter Carnival’s cardboard sled racers prepare for take off. Photo submitted by Long Lake Parks and Recreation as provided by Alex Roalsvig

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Alexandra Roalsvig has been the Director of Parks, Recreation and Tourism for her native Town of Long Lake since 2009. Prior to returning to Long Lake worked 17 years in production for the CBS daytime serial "As The World Turns". She and her husband Paul are raising their two children in Long Lake.

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