It's Carnival time! Saranac Lake Chamber readies for annual event

SARANAC LAKE - The blocks are being arranged and the schedule is being finalized.

Everything is pretty much set to go for the 2011 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, which will run from Friday, Feb. 4, through Sunday, Feb. 13.

"We start getting excited for this right after last year's event when we start thinking of the theme for the next carnival," Adrienne Relyea of the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce said. "We are pretty much just getting the ducks in a row right now. Everyone knows their jobs and things are running smooth."

The Carnival, which celebrates its 114th anniversary this year, will feature plenty of events that families and tourists have come to love, along with a couple of "new traditions."

"We are going to have an icicle-growing contest as part of the Carnival this year," Relyea said. "It will be held at Riverside Park, so people should start growing their icicles now and make sure they figure out a way to get them to the park for judging."

Another event will remember a local student who passed away in 2010, with the Casey McHugh Pond Hockey Tournament set to take place starting at 11 a.m. on Feb. 13 at the Bloomingdale rink behind the firehouse.

"We had a pond hockey tournament in the past, and this is a touching and nice way to bring the event back and it is a meaningful event for a lot of people here," Relyea said.

The festivities actually get started a day earlier than the Coronation ceremony, traditionally the official beginning of Winter Carnival, with the 12th annual Past Royalty mixer and dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 3 (place TBA).

The King and Queen will be crowned during Coronation at the Harrietstown Hall starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, followed by a reception at the B.P.O. Elks Lodge No. 1508.

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