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Family fun featured at concluding Carnival weekend

Snowmobile racers go airborne during a race held by East Coast Snocross recently in conjunction with the Lake George Winter Carnival. Top snocross racers from the U.S. and Canada competed over two days in the series of sanctioned snowmobile races. The 2013 edition of the Winter Carnival, to be held Saturday Feb. 23 and Sunday Feb. 24, will be featuring a long list of family-friendly events, although the sports car ice races have been cancelled due to the lake ice not attaining the minimum thickness for motor vehicle racing.

Snowmobile racers go airborne during a race held by East Coast Snocross recently in conjunction with the Lake George Winter Carnival. Top snocross racers from the U.S. and Canada competed over two days in the series of sanctioned snowmobile races. The 2013 edition of the Winter Carnival, to be held Saturday Feb. 23 and Sunday Feb. 24, will be featuring a long list of family-friendly events, although the sports car ice races have been cancelled due to the lake ice not attaining the minimum thickness for motor vehicle racing. Tim Weatherwax/One Shot Photography

— As the final weekend of the 2013 Lake George Winter Carnival approaches, event organizers said they're expecting a large crowd for their long lineup of events featuring outdoor family fun.

Although the headline event for the weekend — sports car ice racing has been cancelled due to insufficient ice on Lake George — all other activities are going forward, event organizer Nancy Nichols said.

"We're expecting a large crowd, and there will be plenty do do, whether it's outdoor games, snowmobile rides, demonstrations, fireworks, or the very popular bonfire on the beach," she said.

Both Saturday and Sunday, activities include a variety of children's activities and games on the ice from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A giant ice slide in Shepard Park is available during daylight hours over the weekend.

Saturday features a Chicken Wing Cook-off, noon to 2 p.m. at Shepard Park Beach.

The popular bonfire on the beach, complete with s’mores and musical entertainment is to begin at 4 p.m. in Shepard Park. Fireworks over the Lake follow at about 6:30 p.m. All day, young children are likely to enjoy the alpaca petting zoo.

Snowmobile rides will be offered both days from noon to 2 p.m. and tethered hot air balloon rides will be starting at 8 a.m.,weather permitting — these two will be available for a fee.

On both Saturday and Sunday will be a snowmobile water skip demonstration at 2:30 p.m., in which a sled careens across open water.

With a temperate, above-freezing forecast — combined with various schools’ mid-winter break, Nichols said she expected a robust turnout for the Carnival this weekend. She added that the same two factors made last weekend a record-breaker.

“Despite cancellation of the motorcycle races, Saturday was outrageous,” she said. “I’ve never seen so many people in the village except for the Fourth of July.”

Carnival attendees particularly enjoyed kite flying on the ice, and a scavenger hunt conducted through town, involving village merchants, she said, extending an invitation for people to return for the final Carnival weekend of 2013.

“This is a weekend not to be missed, because the carnival won't be back until next year,” she said.

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