The 2011 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival officially got under way Friday night with the coronation of carnival royalty at the Harrietstown Town Hall.
This year's king is Ed Scharmer. Cheri Fisher is queen.
Fisher was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. She moved to the Adirondacks in 1979 with her husband and son. In 1980, she served as a volunteer for the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid.
She became a member of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee in 1982 and has marched in the parade ever since - either with the local Cub Scouts or with the Adirondack Lawn Chair Ladies.
She has been involved in several community organizations including: Winter Carnival Committee for 18 years, the Methodist Church Christian Education Committee, the Community Theatre Players, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts for 25 years, the Saranac Lake High School After Prom Party Committee, the First Night Saranac Lake Board of Directors, the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, and the Veteran of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.
Several honors and awards have been bestowed upon her during these years, including the Saranac Lake Adirondack Daily Enterprise Volunteer of the Year Award.
She has been employed by the Prime Time Nursery School, the Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce, Currier Press Printing, Casa del Sol, and the Saranac Lake School District.
Her favorite activities and hobbies are camping with her family, snowshoeing, yoga, zumba, reading, cross stitching, photography, and having wine parties with her friends.
She currently lives in Bloomingdale with her husband Joe and her two "fur kids" Bear and Abby. Her children, Eric, Brent, Ian, Lee, Melissa, Tim and his wife Rachel, and their son Jake return to the Saranac Lake area as often as possible.
She says she appreciates her community and all of the support she gets when her husband is away for long periods of time for military duties. She would like to thank everyone who nominated her and thought she was worthy of being the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Queen.