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Winter Carnival to feature colorful airborne spectacle, family fun

Also planned is the ever-popular humorous tavern competition, which includes events like relay races with waitstaff balancing trays loaded with beverage glasses.

In addition, a sanctioned sled dog weight-pull competition is planned for the Beach Road parking lot, and watching the action is free.

Snowmobile, ATV riders welcomed

The weekend won't be devoid of motorsport activities, Kathi Kokalas said.

Saturday, King Neptune's is also sponsoring snowmobile and ATV poker runs. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Lake George Village has been popular this year among snowmobile and ATV riders, because a variety of streets have been opened up to their vehicles. Maps of the streets that are sanctioned ATV and sled routes are available from Carnival organizers and at the Village Hall.

Village busy for Presidents Weekend

Speaking of popular, this last week the village was jammed with people, Kathi and Ed Kokalas said. For the Polar Plunge, which begins at 3 p.m., Shepard Park Beach was full of people, elbow-to-elbow, Kathi said.

Several hotels in the region reported they were booked solid, perhaps for the concurrence of Presidents Weekend and Valentine's Day, Kokalas said.

"Last week we were really slammed," she said. "I met a lot of couples who said they left the kids at home and were out alone for Valentine's Day weekend."

The State Championship Motorcycle Ice and ATV Races also were a big draw, she said.

"People came from all over to see the action," she said.

The Carnival's annual Mardi Gras Parade held Sunday afternoon was also a big attraction, drawing many spectators.

The float awarded "Best in Show" was a mockup of Prospect Mountain Diner's interior, complete with waitresses and a cook impersonating Emeril the television chef. Both waitstaff and spectators lining the streets danced to the music emanating from the float's jukebox. Afloat by Sunkiss Ballooning, also an award winner, carried hot-air balloon baskets blasting jets of propane flares. Dressed as a Mardi Gras King, local resident Tito Montalvo led the parade, which drew many more spectators than in recent years, Kokalas said. Terry Mitchell, garbed as the Tooth Fairy, charmed the children, Kokalas said.

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