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Winter Carnival offers new sled dog races, skydiving competition

LAKE GEORGE - This year's Lake George Winter Carnival will have some new attractions, along with traditional activities that have earned it popularity - plus sufficiently thick ice to make it all a success, event organizers said Tuesday.

In addition to a full slate of both family activities and vehicular sports, the Carnival offers two substantial new offerings: Radio Disney on the opening weekend, and sanctioned sled dog races on the closing weekend, Carnival treasurer Kathi Kokalas said.

"We strive to add a few new attractions and bring back as many of the traditional events as possible, so families will come back and enjoy new activities every year," she said.

Radio Disney, aimed at youth, will include group dancing, karaoke and games for two early-afternoon hours on Feb. 6.

The sled dog races, likely to offer memorable action for both spectators and participants, are scheduled to occur Feb. 27 and 28.

These and other new attractions join the full slate of vehicular races - sports car and motorcycle ice racing - that have pleased crowds for decades. This year, Kokalas said, the motorcycle races have been expanded to include an ATV division, and they are now bear state championship status.

The many family-oriented attractions of recent years that have proven so popular, will also be back.

These include the bonfire and fireworks, snowmobile and sled-dog rides, non-competitive active games for children, and the ever-popular tavern competitions, Mardi-Gras Parade and outhouse races. The latter, providing zany entertainment for the post-college-age set, occur Saturday Feb. 6 this year.

Kathi's spouse Ed Kokalas predicted the ice would be sufficiently thick for all the activity. Last week, it was 3 inches thick off the Shepard Park pier, and with the upcoming temperature in the teens, the ice should be at least 10" thick by Feb. 13 for the motorcycle and ATV racing, he said.

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