Winter Carnival concludes this weekend

The 114th annual Saranac Lake Winter Carnival wraps up this weekend with the Gala Parade, the Kiddie Parade, and a new event - the Casey McHugh Memorial Pond Hockey Tournament.

Friday's schedule is jam-packed, with innertube races at Mt. Pisgah beginning at 10 a.m.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Saranac Lake Free Library hosts the 22nd annual Winter Book Sale in the Cantwell Community Room. This evening, the Adirondack Artist's Guild hosts the "Giving Paws" benefit for the Tri-Lakes Humane Society - that event runs from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Saranac Lake Civic Center hosts skating races at 12:30 p.m. today, and later tonight the rink will be taken over by the Firemen's Broomball tournament.

Of course, the big event today is the Rotary Club Variety Show at 7:30 p.m. at the Harrietstown Town Hall. Stop by the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce on River Street to see if tickets are still available.

There's plenty of music tonight as well. Sara Milonovich performs with Daisycutter at BluSeed Studios beginning at 7:30 p.m., while Captain Cook's Bar and Grill hosts Sutter Kain from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Music continues tonight at the Waterhole Upstairs Music Lounge with the Ominous Seapods at 9 p.m.

Saturday is one of the busiest days for Winter Carnival, beginning with breakfast with Grimace and carnival characters at 8:30 a.m. at McDonalds. Other highlights include the Paul Smith's College Woodsmen's Team exhibition, the Mountaineers snow rugby game, and a midnight dance at the Hotel Saranac.

The marquee event tomorrow, of course, is the Gala Parade. Lineup begins at noon on Lake Colby Drive - the parade starts at 1 p.m. The parade features carnival royalty, local businesses and service groups, and area schools.

Joining the parade this year is North Country Congressman Bill Owens.

The Democrat from New York's 23rd Congressional District will march alongside Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau. Last year, Owens delivered remarks at the Coronation of Carnival Royalty.

In past years, state lawmakers like Senator Betty Little and Assemblywomen Teresa Sayward and Janet Duprey marched in the parade.

A complete rundown of carnival events this weekend is available at www.saranaclakewintercarnival.com.

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