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Car races, kite flying at Lake George Carnival

In addition, wood- and ice-carving demonstrations are to occur intermittently Saturday and Sunday.

Carnival activities include a bonfire on the Shepard Park Beach from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, featuring marshmallow roasting and participants creating their own tasty s'mores with the savory ingredients provided. This heartwarming family activity includes Ritchie Ortiz leading campfire songs, Carnival official Kathi Kokalas said.

"Everybody's been really enjoying the bonfires and songs we're holding each week this year," she said.

Family games on the ice, from noon to 2 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, include turkey bowling, hockey shoot, bean bag tosses and Frisbee throws, each for $1 which goes to support the Carnival, event official Kathi Kokalas said.

Sunkiss Ballooning will have a "Fly Off" on Saturday and Sunday at 8:30 a.m., weather permitting. A Hot Air Balloon MoonGlow event is also tentatively scheduled at dusk Saturday on the Lake, weather permitting. Rich Moran's Professional Scuba Center personnel will be performing ice diving demonstrations both days.

Kokalas said the crowds the past two weekends have been appreciative of the expanded range of activities, as well as the weather, which has been ideal for the Carnival events. She added the ice castle in Shepard Park has not only endured, but it's prompted a lot of compliments, along with ice sculptures that Lake George resident Tony Stratis donated.

"We have a very good crowd, way up from last year," she said. "Both attendance and attitudes are 'up.'"

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