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Sled dog races at Carnival

Also planned for the Carnival this weekend is a chicken wing cookoff, the last in four cooking competitions that have prompted a record participation this year.

Both Saturday and Sunday, activities include tethered hot air balloon rides starting at 8:30 a.m. - weather permitting - and a variety of children's activities and fun games for both youth and adults on the ice from noon to 2 p.m. inside King Neptune's tavern. New helicopter excursions join the ever-popular dog-sled rides and skydiving sessions over the ice - available for a fee.

There's also the carnival's longstanding Polar Plunge event, featuring dozens of brave swimmers charging into the frigid lake - a favorite spectator event set for 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The plunge is preceded at 2:30 p.m. by the Snowmobile Water Skip, in which a sled pilot careens over open waters for 100 yards or more, defying gravity.

In addition, wood- and ice-carving demonstrations are to occur intermittently Saturday and Sunday, along with Frisbee Golf demonstrations conducted by personnel of Natural Stone Bridge & Caves of Pottersville.

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

This past week, the bonfire with s'mores was a crowd favorite, including a mini-bonfire in an outdoor fireplace where children can roast marshmallows without singeing their eyebrows, Kokalas said.

Also entertaining the crowd were dozens of giant colorful kites flying above the ice of Lake George, assisted by some strong breezes. They were piloted by members of the New York Kite Flying Enthusiasts who intermittently gave bystanders some tips on the sport, kokalas said.

"It was beautiful to see the huge kites sail out over the lake Saturday and Sunday," she said. "We had a good wind."

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