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Winter Carnival opens this weekend with new family events

Saturday also offers a Chicken Wing cook-off, with tasting and subsequent judging from noon to 2 p.m at Shepard Park Beach.

Registration for the outhouse races are held at Duffy's Tavern beginning at 10 a.m. Race officials can be reached at 668-5323.

And what would Winter Carnival be without its trademark Polar Plunge? The event features dozens of brave swimmers dashing into the frigid lake - a favorite spectator event set for 3 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday. The Plunge is preceded at 2:30 p.m. by the Snowmobile Water Skip, in which a sled pilot careens over open waters for 100 yards or more, defying gravity that could sink his snowmobile into the icy waters.

Those who are interested in formalities can attend the Carnival's opening ceremonies, set for noon at Shepard Park beach, complete with a skydiving patriotic salute.

In addition, a wood carving demonstration is held both Saturday and Sunday, noon to 2 p.m. Also featured is an encampment of military re-enactors, assuming roles of soldiers from the French & Indian War and wearing clothes and preparing food from the 1700s.

To find out more details about the events, see: www.lakegeorgewintercarnival.com

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