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Zany contests, games slated for Lake George Winter Carnival this weekend

Contestants in the Lake George Winter Carnival's outhouse race held last weekend drag their creation towards the finish line. This weekend's carnival action promises a wide range of family activities.

Contestants in the Lake George Winter Carnival's outhouse race held last weekend drag their creation towards the finish line. This weekend's carnival action promises a wide range of family activities.

— “I saw an experienced golfer last year who could not sink his shots,” she said noting that prizes include cash and rounds of golf. “This competition levels the playing field.”

Also featured this weekend is two scavenger hunts, one for children and another for adults. The contest includes challenges prompting participants to discover details of public landmarks around the village.

Registration for the event can be accomplished at any time through the weekend, for adult competitors, at Duffy’s Tavern on Amherst St.; or for child contestants, at the Winter Carnival souvenir stand at Shepard Park beach.

Saturday’s event lineup includes a barbecue cookoff at noon on Shepard Park Beach, and a bonfire on the beach, followed by fireworks. This latter gathering includes marshmallow roasting and free s’mores, plus live musical entertainment.

New this year on both days are Monster truck rides around a course on the former Gaslight Village park. Helicopter rides will take off from the Fort William Henry property. Tethered hot-air balloon rides may be available if weather permits.

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.

Of course, the carnival’s trademark event — the polar plunge — will be held each day at 3 p.m., with carnival-goers dashing into the lake for a frigid swim.

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

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