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Moonglow,' fireworks and snowmobile races at Lake George Winter Carnival this weekend

LAKE GEORGE More ice predicted and a heavy snowfall may mean this is the weekend that the Lake George Winter Carnival hits its traditional stride, event organizers said Wednesday. This weekends installment of the Winter Carnival features snowmobile races, family-oriented games -- hopefully on the ice-- and a Mardi Gras parade down Canada St. The long-standing Polar Plunge into the frigid waters of Lake George, by brave women and men clad only in bathing suits, also tops the bill. Thousands are expected to attend the Carnival, an annual festival held in Lake George Village over the four weekends in February. Childrens activities and family-oriented games are featured both Saturday and Sunday. These activities are set to begin at 11 a.m., with competitive games following at noon. Have you ever tossed a frozen turkey down the ice toward a goal? A polar golf contest, in which the ball hit closest to the pin wins a prize, will be held from noon to 2 p.m. A giant ice slide in Shepard Park is available during daylight hours over the weekend. On both days, sanctioned SnowCross Races will be held offsite at Runway Park across from Warren Countys airport on Queensbury Ave. Gates open at 7 a.m., and races will be held intermittently through the day. Also on Saturday and Sunday, tethered hot air balloon rides will be offered starting at 8 a.m. (weather permitting), plus a GPS Scavenger hunt at 9 a.m. both days. Those interested in the latter may check out details at www.trailpass.com. Chefs are urged to compete in a barbecue cook-off to be held Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. The sky will be lit up Saturday night with a fireworks display starting at 6 p.m. Sunday features a Mardi Gras Parade down Canada St., followed by the traditional Moonglow event -- the synchronized lighting up of tethered hot-air balloons, Both Saturday and Sunday, spectators will be treated to the traditional Snowmobile Water Skip demonstration at 2:30 p.m., in which a sled careens across the open water hopefully without sinking. Also through the weekend, a group of re-enactors will be portraying a mid-1700s encampment of soldiers during the French and Indian War on the shore of Lake George near Shepard Park.

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