LAKE GEORGE - Thick ice, fair skies, large enthusiastic crowds. Mix them up with a generous lineup of activities, and it's a recipe for a great Lake George Winter Carnival.
This last Saturday and Sunday, these ingredients were all in play, and the opening weekend of the Lake George was a tremendous success, Carnival official Kathi Kokalas said Tuesday.
"We had soooo many people out on the ice, it was great," she said."We had an incredible weekend, with the biggest crowd in recent years."
This coming weekend offers just as much family fun, if not more, she said. The Lake George Winter Carnival is held annually each weekend in February.
Headlining this weekend's activities are motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle races, both Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 14 and 15, starting at 11 a.m.
Folks who have never watched motorcycles careening around a track on ice - with rooster-tails of ice chips flying from behind their spinning wheels - are in for an exciting spectator experience.
Competitors are welcome, and can get more information on registering at: www.electriccityriders.com. Registration is also set for 9 a.m. each day at Duffy's Tavern.
The other standout event during the weekend is Sunday's Tavern Competition, which features waitresses, waiters, and restaurant and tavern employees competing in teams of four in various skills of their trade. These contests start at 1 p.m.
There are races including waitstaff relaying trays of beverages back and forth to each other, and a "Flinging of the Haggis" contest, in which competitors toss a notorious sausage-like concoction to each other over a distance.
Both Saturday and Sunday, activities include tethered hot air balloon rides starting at 8:30 a.m. (weather permitting), and a variety of children's activities and games on the ice from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Frisbee golf, "ladder ball" or turkey bowling may be among the games offered. A giant ice slide in Shepard Park is available during daylight hours over the weekend.