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Space aliens to invade Saranac Lake

Mid-winter carnival set for Feb. 2-12

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee poses for a group photo after their Jan. 25 meeting at the Saranac Lake High School.

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee poses for a group photo after their Jan. 25 meeting at the Saranac Lake High School. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— Volunteers are still needed to help the village police direct Gala Parade entrants to their lineup positions from 12 to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. The parade begins at 1 p.m.

“You get to wear a bright, shiny (red) jacket that says, Winter Carnival,’” Dickson said.

There is still time to enter the Gala Parade, and applications are available at the chamber of commerce or on the Winter Carnival website (www.saranaclakewintercarnival.com). People in walking units and on floats are not allowed to throw candy or any object to the crowd, according to parade chairman Eric Foster, who reminded the committee that village police officers are strictly enforcing this rule.

The roller coaster weather pattern of warm and cold temperatures, rain and snow, has caused the Ice Palace workers to start and stop construction several times since they began working on Jan. 20. The Palace is the centerpiece of the Winter Carnival and the site of several events, including two fireworks displays. The lighting of the palace will start at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4.

This year, the committee is looking for volunteers to be “Ice Palace Stewards.”

“In the past, we built the Ice Palace and walked away,” said committee member and Ice Palace ice carver Robin Johnson.

Ice Palace Stewards will guard the structure from alien invaders, educate the public about the Ice Palace and the Winter Carnival, and spread EcoTraction so visitors won’t slip on the ice and snow.

While the Winter Carnival king and queen will remain a secret until their coronation Friday night, Feb. 3, at least one member of the court was announced ahead of time, the parade’s grand marshal, Ron Keough.

For more information, visit online at www.saranaclakewintercarnival.com or call the chamber of commerce at 891-1990.

Winter Carnival Schedule

Thursday, February 2

5:30 p.m. – 13th Annual Past Royalty Mixer and Dinner, Red Fox Restaurant

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