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Winter Carnival Committee ramping up

Fireworks display at the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Feb. 4

Fireworks display at the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Feb. 4 Photo by Andy Flynn.

—  In just under three weeks, the King and Queen will be named and the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival will be under way.

Until then, members of the organizing committee will be in high gear to make sure that everything is in place for the 10 days of “Under the Sea,” celebrations that run from Feb. 1 through Feb. 10.

Through the month, the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee will meet each Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. in the large group instruction room of the Saranac Lake High School.

Currently, the committee is seeking vendor applications, which can be found at the Winter Carnival website (saranaclakewintercarnival.com) or the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, 193 River St. All vendors are required to fill out and return a vendor agreement to the Chamber of Commerce by Friday, Jan. 25. Any vendor serving food or beverages will also be responsible for securing an operating permit from the New York State Department of Health at least 30 days before the event. For more information about vendors, contact Rob Johnson at 327-3071.

The committee has also announced the sale of collectible posters designed by “Doonesbury” cartoonist Garry Trudeau. Trudeau’s illustration shows “Doonesbury" character Zonker Harris dressed in blue trunks swimming underwater with a school of fish. Trudeau has been creating the Winter Carnival button design since 1981 and offered his first poster design in 2012.

“We have 100 posters signed and numbered by Garry as well as unsigned ones,” said Carnival Committee Chairman Jeff Dickson. “Anyone who purchased a signed poster last year can claim the same poster number this year if they wish.”

For posters, contact Dickson at 891-4344 to be added to the list to obtain an unclaimed poster. Signed posters are $50, and unsigned ones are $15. Shipping is $5 per poster. There will also be a raffle for poster No. 1, with 100 raffle tickets be sold for $5 each. All proceeds benefit the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival.

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