Car races, family fun featured at Carnival

LAKE GEORGE - As the last weekend of the 2009 Lake George Winter Carnival approaches, event organizers said they're expecting more good weather for their long lineup of events.

Headlining the weekend are the ice races of the Adirondack Motor Enthusiast Club.

Scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday, the races are a carnival tradition, drawing thousands of spectators, carnival official Linda Duffy said Monday.

"Its a great group of people that put on an exciting race each year," she said.

The races feature a wide variety of modified sports cars, whether its a 1960s Triumph or a vintage Saab, careening and skidding on ice around a convoluted race track off Million Dollar Beach.

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 2 p.m. A giant ice slide in Shepard Park is available during daylight hours over the weekend.

Snowmobile rides will be offered both days from noon to 2 p.m. Also planned are dog-sled rides all day, both days.

Saturday features a Chili Cook-off, noon to 2 p.m. at Shepard Park Beach.

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

And then there are the traditional daredevil feats that have been associated with the Lake George Winter Carnival for decades.

On both Saturday and Sunday will be a snowmobile water skip demonstration at 2:30 p.m., in which a sled careens across the open water - with spectators in suspense over whether the speeding sled will sink.

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.

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