LAKE GEORGE - The outlook for the annual Lake George Winter Carnival is bright this year despite crimped finances and a perpetual struggle to line up volunteers, event organizers said.
This four-weekend festival of outdoor activities on the ice has been staged in Lake George for 48 years, featuring motor vehicle races on ice, children's activities, contests and sports games on the lake's frozen surface, and spectator events including the popular weekend polar plunges.
Event organizers said Monday they were enthusiastic about this year's prospects, as prevailing cold weather is building up a hefty sheet of ice so all activities proposed can be held.
The organizers, citing reduced funding from Warren County and other sources, said Monday that robust attendance at their fundraising kick-off dinner party is more important than ever.
The this annual party is set for Fri. Jan. 30 at The Inn at Erlowest on Lake George.
Cocktails beginning at 6 p.m. will be followed by dinner. Entertainment will be provided by Laura Roth, accomplished cabaret singer and comedienne who's earned her share of acclaim. Dancing will follow to music provided by deejay Mikey C.
The Winter Carnival is an all-volunteer organization, and will hold a silent auction and 50-50 raffle to help offset expenses of bringing the wide variety of events to Lake George spread over four weekends.
This year's kick-off party will honor John Strong, director of the Lake George Arts Project for his dedicated work in the community and his support of the Carnival, event organizers said.
Tickets for the dinner party are $40 and can be purchased at Mario's Restaurant, Duffy's Tavern, Prospect Mountain Diner and the Lake George Arts Project.
In the meantime, volunteers are being sought to supervise carnival events, for crowd control, for sponsored concessions and various other duties, organizers said.
Those interested in volunteering are urged to attend a volunteer recruitment meeting 6 p.m. Monday at Duffy's Tavern in Lake George. Light refreshments will be served.