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Lake George outhouse race pitted 'newbies' against veteran competitors

In the annual outhouse race at the Lake George Winter Carnival Saturday, Lake George Fire Department members pulling their hydrant-shaped outhouse are surpassed in a preliminary heat by members of the Out of Control Ski Club of Albany (foreground). The Lake George firefighters were hampered by the constrictions of their firefighting gear and the weight of their fireplug-on-skis.

In the annual outhouse race at the Lake George Winter Carnival Saturday, Lake George Fire Department members pulling their hydrant-shaped outhouse are surpassed in a preliminary heat by members of the Out of Control Ski Club of Albany (foreground). The Lake George firefighters were hampered by the constrictions of their firefighting gear and the weight of their fireplug-on-skis. Photo by Thom Randall.

— She discovered a Fiberglass outhouse shell offered for free on Craigslist, hauled it home, decorated it in camouflage colors, and named it “Dump Dynasty” as a take-off on the popular A&E cable-television reality show. Her team was dressed in hunters’ camouflage and sported long beards, both real and fake.

“I was surfing Craigslist, saw this outhouse, and I thought ‘What the heck, why not,’” she said. Sabattis’ brother Steven organized the team: Ike Allen of Warrensburg, Will Davis of North River and Brian Hammond of Chester, Sabattis explained.

“My brother took over and got this team together when my co-workers bailed out on me,” she said.

Other competitors in the race included a real bride, Kerry Demarest of Ithaca, sitting garbed in her wedding dress and holding her bouquet of roses in a 550-pound plywood outhouse built by her stepfather. She and her new husband Jason had been married the prior day at the Inn at Erlowest. Well-wishers signed sentiments on the wall of the white-outhouse in lieu of a wedding guestbook.

Nearby, a group of competitors surrounding a outhouse shaped like the bow of a rowboat were brushing off the ice studs on their sports shoes. The craft was sponsored by Hall’s Boat Corp. of Lake George. Inside the craft was Sean Lamando, son of the firm’s manager Nick.

In the 2013 outhouse race, Hall’s Boat was a runner-up in the competition, and for 2014, they installed thinner, faster runners and removed a floor to eliminate dead weight, Nick Lamando said.

“We got ‘psyched’ about this race last year and decided to have a good comeback for 2014,” he said. Pushing their rig were Cassisus Allen, Robbie Ford and Dylan Stein, all teenagers from Lake George.

A new entry in the outhouse race for 2014 was a team from the Lake George Fire Department. The firefighters pushed a bulky outhouse, fashioned to resemble a giant red fire hydrant down the ice. Paul Sullivan, Mike Berry, Matt Oswald, Joe Oswald and Alan Moon had a considerable disadvantage, pushing their heavy creation down the ice while wearing full turnout gear.

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