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Crowd expected for Winter Carnival

IT’S CARNIVAL TIME! Competitors in the 2009 Lake George Winter Carnival outhouse race drag their custom-built craft across the lake ice toward a finish line. This year’s competition, to be held in the Fort William Henry parking lot due to lack of lake ice, is to be filmed by a national cable television channel.

IT’S CARNIVAL TIME! Competitors in the 2009 Lake George Winter Carnival outhouse race drag their custom-built craft across the lake ice toward a finish line. This year’s competition, to be held in the Fort William Henry parking lot due to lack of lake ice, is to be filmed by a national cable television channel.

— New this year are Monster truck rides around a course on the former Gaslight Village property.

A high-powered, jacked-up giant pickup, no less than nine feet tall, is to be transporting 10 people at a time around a course of about an acre.

“All ages should enjoy this new Carnival event,” Nichols said.

Helicopter rides, put on hold a week ago, will indeed be offered, Nichols said, along with tethered hot-air balloon rides.

Children’s activities will be held both Saturday and Sunday, whether it’s the Children’s Olympics at 2 p.m. Sunday or the indoor craft activities and zumba at King Neptune’s Restaurant. A petting zoo is to be offered near Shepard Park at about noon both days, featuring alpacas on Saturday and mini-donkeys on Sunday.

A full schedule of events can be found at www.lakegeorgewintercarnival.com.

“The Carnival is ‘100 percent go’ at this point,” Tokos said.

“And to have national television coming to Lake George is a wonderful experience for everyone,” Nichols added.

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