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Saranac Lake to be invaded this winter during Winter Carnival

Curling, snowshoe races and other sports are part of the festivities at the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival.

Curling, snowshoe races and other sports are part of the festivities at the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival.

— “Zonker” has been looking to the skies in anticipation for the coming weeks.

That is because a Space Alien Invasion is coming to the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, Feb. 3-12, in the village of Saranac Lake.

Members of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee have been finalizing plans for the the 10-day festival, complete with sports, dances, performances, two parades, three fireworks shows and, of course, the Ice Palace.

The committee will next meet on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 6 p.m. in the Large Group Instruction Room at the Saranac Lake High School.

As for “Zonker,” his likeness will again grace the front of the 2012 Winter Carnival button, as drawn and designed by Garry Trudeau.

Buttons are $3 and are available at the following locations: Ace hardware, Adirondack Bank Main St., Adirondack Bank Branch, Adult Center, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Adirondack Wine and Liquor, Amanda’s Village Motel, Ampersound, Bear Essentials, Belvedere, Bloomin Market, Blue Line Sports Shop, Blue Moon Café, Captain Cooks, Chamber of Commerce, Community Bank Main St., Community Bank Branch, Eco Living, Fusion Market, Goody-Goody’s, HSBC Bank, Hyde’s Mobile Nice and Easy, Hyde’s Mobile Broadway, Kinney Drug Store, K&E Enterprise, Lake View Deli, Maurice’s, McKenzie’s Restaurant, NBT bank, Norman’s Store, Post Office Pharmacy, Rice Furniture, Saranac Lake Discount Liquor, Vets Club, The Waterhole, and Saranac Village at Will Rogers.

Also, mail orders can be made to Barbara Martin, 230 Broadway, Saranac Lake, N.Y. 12983. Shipping costs are $2 for 1-5 buttons, $5 for 6-9, and$ 7 for 10 or more.

Events kick off on Thursday, Feb. 2 with the 13th annual Past Royalty Dinner at the Red Fox Restaurant, followed by the coronation of the 2012 carnival royalty at the Harrietstown Hall at 7:30 p.m.

The Ice Palace Fun Run takes place on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 10 a.m., with other events including the 19th Annual Business & Professional Women Chocolate Festival; Lutheran Church Women’s Craft Sale; Petrova Elementary School Winter Carnival; The Curling Exhibition near the State Boat Launch site on Lake Flower, Paul Smith’s College Woodsmen’s Exhibition; White Stag Downhill Ski Races; NBT Bank Ladies’ Fry Pan Toss; 14th annual Saranac Lake Figure Skating Spaghetti Dinner: and the Lighting Of Ice Palace, followed by the Guide Boat Realty Fireworks Display.

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