Saranac Lake Winter Carnival ramping up

The 2013 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival button, created by artist Garry Trudeau.

The 2013 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival button, created by artist Garry Trudeau.

— The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee is feverishly making last-minute preparations for the 2013 event to be held Feb. 1-10 so the entire community can enjoy some time “Under the Sea.”

Committee members meet at 6 p.m. every Wednesday in January in the large group instruction room of the Saranac Lake High School and have a variety of topics to discuss at each meeting.

“Meanwhile, members of the Ice Palace Workers 101 have been dropping off equipment at Pontiac Bay so they're ready to cut ice blocks when Mother Nature is ready to give them the ice,” said Winter Carnival Committee Chairman Jeff Dickson. “We're confident that the 'Under the Sea' theme will be a huge success with 10 days full of family-oriented events and a beautiful Ice Palace on the shore of Lake Flower.”

The updated schedule of events has been posted on the Winter Carnival website, www.saranaclakewintercarnival.com.

•Carnival Court: High school, elementary school and college members of the Carnival Court have already been chosen and can be seen on the Winter Carnival website. The archbishop is Kristaps Meimis and chamberlain is Chris Kollmer. The prince is Eric Stender and princess is Anastasia Hull. Attendants to the king and queen are Vanessa Salamy and Nicholas Bayruns. The other court couples are: Emily Fountain and Taylor Pellerin; Megan Kilroy and Quinn Urquhart; Annie Frenette and Hajro Cecunjanin; Kylie Sapone and TJ Monroe; Kaileigh Woodruff and Michael Burpoe; Regan Kieffer and Kellen Munn; and Zoe Tyler and Craig Leahy. A grand marshal will be announced soon.

•King and queen: Former kings and queens have set a meeting on Jan. 18 to pick 2013 replacements for 2012 King Tim Fortune and Queen Kelly Morgan. They will be announced at the Coronation Ceremony Feb. 1 at the Harrietstown Town Hall.

•13th annual Winter Carnival Past Royalty Dinner: This event will be held on Thursday, Jan. 31 at The Red Fox Restaurant. All past royalty members (kings, queens, princes, princesses, high school court, pages, chamberlains and archbishops) and their guests are invited to attend. A congeniality hour will start at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Dinner choices are prime rib $30, stuffed sole or chicken parm at $25. Make reservations by Jan. 28 by calling 891-1286.

•Parade applications: Applications for the Gala Parade on Feb. 9 are now available online at www.saranaclakewintercarnival.com and at the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, 193 River St. in Saranac Lake. Completed applications should be mailed to PO Box 1142, Saranac Lake, NY 12983. There will be first- and second-place trophies for both Floats and Walking Units in six different categories (Business, Civic or Volunteer Group, Youth Group, School Group, Independent Group, Animal Unit) as well as the Louis Fobare Trophy for Best in Parade.

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