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Carnival wraps up this weekend, features sled dog and car races

LAKE GEORGE - This weekend the annual Lake George Winter Carnival will be wrapping up its 2010 month-long run with a brand-new signature event and a host of family oriented activities, Carnival organizers said Monday.

Headlining the two-day winter festival - as long as there's enough snow on the ground - will be the first annual Lake George Sanctioned Sled Dog Races, in which competitors earn points towards national and international championships.

The races will be conducted both Saturday and Sunday by the New England Sled Dog Club, beginning at 9 a.m. both days, according to NESDC member Rainer Wischinski of southern New Hampshire.

That is, if there's 8 inches of snow accumulated on the ground by Wednesday mid-afternoon, he said. Tuesday at the same time, forecasts predicted that snowfall would make it happen, Carnival official Kathi Kokalas said.

"At this point, I think it's definitely a 'go'," she said.

Wischinski said he looked forward to his club's debut at Lake George, recalling a race his group held about eight years ago in Warrensburg. The club attends races all over the Northeastern U.S. and across Canada.

If snow falls as predicted, 30 or more sled dog teams will be competing in a dozen or so classes, Wischinski said. The races are to be held on the Warren County snowmobile trails in Lake George off Transfer Rd. and Rte. 9 near Northway Exit 21, Wischinski said.

"We have quite some interest from competitors in coming to Lake George," he said. "It's a great area, and a great trail."

Also, Adirondack Motor Enthusiast Club will be back to hold their sanctioned sports car ice races Saturday and Sunday on the surface of Lake George.

The races evoke spectator adrenaline, with vehicles careening around curves, inches away from each other, spewing rooster-tails of ice-shards from beneath spinning tires.

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