Winter Carnival features frying pan toss, vintage snowmobile races

LONG LAKE - Winter in the Adirondacks is anything but predictable. That's why the masterminds behind the fifth annual Long Lake Winter Carnival have created a festival that promises fun and excitement tailored for any weather.

This year's Carnival is hosted - and sponsored - by the Moonlighter Snowmobile Club, and will take place at the Mt. Sabattis Recreation Area and the Geiger Skating Rink.

According to Theresa Taylor of the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department, past carnivals have seen rain, snow, sleet and hail. So, this year's event was planned with Mother Nature in mind.

"It's the Adirondacks, so you never know," said Taylor. "It could rain, and then suddenly it's not much of a 'winter' carnival anymore. So we decided to schedule activities that can take place no matter what."

The fun kicks-off Saturday, Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. with activities for all ages at Mt. Sabattis and the skating rink. The morning features games, skating races, and the famous Ladies Frying Pan Toss.

Daytime activies will wind down around 5 p.m., to be followed by an entertaining evening at the Long Lake Town Hall. The Christmas Tree Bonfire starts at 7 p.m., preceeding the square dance with special guest "The Bear Strings." Both events are free.

The night concludes with a fireworks display.

"It's a lot of fun," said Taylor. "And if it rains or the weather turns bad, we just move inside and dance."

Sunday features the Northern New York Vintage Snowmobile Racing (NNYVSR) series on Jennings Pond. Registration starts at 11 a.m. and the racing gets under way at noon. For more information about vintage snowmobiles and NNYVSR, visit www.nnyvsr.com.

After the excitement at Jennings Pond wraps up, head over to Geiger Arena for Kids Nights, for children 10 and over. Families can enjoy pizza and a movie, or hit the skating rink or sledding hills for some outdoor recreation.

For more information about the fifth annual Long Lake Winter Carnival, call 624-3077.

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