Winter Carnival to feature colorful kites, hot air balloons and family fun

One couple who parachuted out of a plane Saturday were launching their lives together, Kathi Kokalas said.

While in the air, the male parachuter voiced a marriage proposal to his counterpart, she said, noting that Saturday was Valentine's Day.

Cupid struck twice this past weekend, she said.

Another marriage proposal, she said, was shared as a couple were enjoying a dogsled ride - a family-friendly activity that will be offered again this weekend, she said.

"I feel like a matchmaker, " she said.

Kokalas said 25 to 30 brave souls participated in the traditional Polar Plunge, which occurs at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday each weekend, following a daredevil snowmobile water skip at 2:30 p.m.

This last weekend included dozens of people gathering around a chill-chasing bonfire to toast marshmallows, make s'mores and socialize. People of all ages enjoyed the fire, offered just before an array of fireworks, which packed the Shepard Park Beach with spectators, Kokalas said.

"Everybody really loved this, it was so family-oriented," she said.

Last Sunday's tavern competition featured food-service employees testing various skills related to employment - including relay races of waitstaff racing while balancing trays of beverages.

Winning the events were employees of South Glens Falls' Home Town Tavern in their first time ever competing. Second place went to Duffy's Tavern of Lake George, and third went to the perennial winner, Lake George's Prospect Mountain Diner. Placing fourth was Mario's Restaurant.

In last Saturday's seafood chowder cook-off, first place victors were chefs at JC Montana's on Canada St., with Boardwalk Restaurant in second place, followed by the local eatery Old Log Inn.

Last Sunday's Mardi Gras Parade included festive costumes, a half-dozen floats that pleased spectators.

The Best Float award was won by Adirondack Studios which sponsored a pirate ship complete with a bevy of buccaneers. A float by SunKiss Ballooning carried hot-air balloon baskets blasting jets of propane flares from atop a flatbed truck. Best Decorated Vehicle was won by Ed Kokalas and his Toyota festooned in Mardi Gras decorations and a lit-up polar bear. Best Costumed Child went to the The Fox Children, and the Best Costumed Adult award went to Allison Drake of Warrensburg, who was garbed creatively as a clown. Best In Show went to the float of Prospect Mountain Diner which included a replica of Prospect Mountain and staff dressed in costumes.

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