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Lake George prepares for Winter Carnival

For those who appreciate small-town formalities, Winter Carnival opening ceremonies are scheduled for noon Saturday in Shepard Park.

And what would a Lake George Winter Carnival be without the traditional daredevil feats?

On both Saturday and Sunday there will be a Snowmobile Water Skip demonstration at 2:30 p.m., in which a sled careens across the open water - hopefully without sinking.

Scheduled for 3 p.m. both days is the Polar Plunge event, in which dozens of people of all ages dash in and out of the water - or take a lengthy swim in the chilly waters near Shepard Park.

Also, 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.

New this year is a a children's petting zoo from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Shepard Park Beach, and wood-carving demonstrations during the same time.

For those that enjoy watching aerial feats, sky divers from Duanesburg will be parachuting out of helicopters and landing on the ice all day Saturday.

On Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. family games, food and fun will be offered at the Chilly Willy festival being held nearby in Battlefield Park. This community-based event includes a dodgeball tournament, and a variety of games and activities for children and teens. Entry buttons are available at the local high school and the local municipal buildings.

Volunteers are still being sought for the event. Those who wish to donate their time and talents are urged to call 668-3065 and ask for Kathi or Ed.

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