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Lack of ice doesn’t deter crowd from Lake George carnival

HOLD ON!  A team of competitors in the Lake George Winter Carnival outhouse race  Saturday lurch off the starting line, giving their rider a reason to reach for the handrails. This team, digging in to drag their custom-built craft  toward a finish line, represented Home Depot of Queensbury. The race, an annual favorite, drew a robust crowd as well as a videographer for a national cable channel.

HOLD ON! A team of competitors in the Lake George Winter Carnival outhouse race Saturday lurch off the starting line, giving their rider a reason to reach for the handrails. This team, digging in to drag their custom-built craft toward a finish line, represented Home Depot of Queensbury. The race, an annual favorite, drew a robust crowd as well as a videographer for a national cable channel. Tim Weatherwax/One Shot Photography

— The chili cookoff also was popular, with The Meat House of Saratoga taking home the honors. Winning second place was the Log Jam Restaurant , with Fort William Henry following in third place. Also competing were Mario’s Restaurant, Holiday Inn Turf of Lake George, Shepard’s Cove Restaurant, Olde Log Inn, Duffy’s Tavern, Prospect Mountain Diner, and The Barnsider.

Duffy and Carnival spokeswoman Nancy Nichols said that a carpeted slide set up in Shepard Park was a big draw, with children often lined up to take their turn on the attraction.

Duffy said the annual Carnival parade held Saturday was the largest ever, and particularly appealing to the spectators were the Shriners clowns who interacted with the children along the route down Canada St., as well as a looming monster truck which was giving rides Saturday at the Charles Wood park. Also in the procession was a trailer full of adults and children in Irish-themed getups, promoting the upcoming “Sham Rock the Block” celebration which is to be held over St. Patrick’s Day weekend in the village.

Later in the afternoon, a large crowd gathered around the Carnival bonfire, marshmallows, warming up and making their own s’mores while listening to by live musical entertainment, which included sing-alongs led by the Ortiz brothers.

Duffy said that although attendance was lighter than last year’s record crowd, she and other carnival officials were pleased.

“We’re happy with turnout, considering some people may have heard we had no deep ice on the lake — and we missed the spectators that ordinarily attend the motorcycle and ATV races,” she said. “But we had sunny day, which brought people out to enjoy the family-oriented activities, and they had a lot of fun.”

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