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Brant Lake fest on ice surpasses expectations

Two local teams, “Rustic Plumbing” (left) and another representing The Crossroads general store compete in the outhouse races held Saturday during Brant Lake Winter Carnival. A record number of 550 to 600 people attended the fest which featured a number of new events and activities.
Photo by Brandon Himoff

Two local teams, “Rustic Plumbing” (left) and another representing The Crossroads general store compete in the outhouse races held Saturday during Brant Lake Winter Carnival. A record number of 550 to 600 people attended the fest which featured a number of new events and activities. Photo by Brandon Himoff Photo by Thom Randall.

— An estimated 550 to 600 people participated in games, outdoor sports, contests, and activities of the Brant Lake Winter Carnival Saturday Feb. 8, easily surpassing the 400 or so attending the event in its debut year of 2013.

The event was sponsored by the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance, which has in recent years launched a variety of events — all considered remarkably successful — in northern Warren County.

The Carnival’s outhouse race on the ice of Brant Lake was a main attraction of the day-long event, drawing participants and spectators from as far away as the Capital Region to watch the action under sunny skies.

A new event — the ladies’ fry pan toss — attracted well over 100 participants, a number that surprised the event organizers, Alliance official Brandon Himoff said.

“We took the best events of last year and added more for this year,” he said.

The frying pans thrown by the ladies weren’t your average Farberware items — they were large, heavy steel skillets. But the female competitors had no problem propelling them long distances.

The women throwing first in the contest were at a disadvantage, as they heaved them high in the air, while those that followed attained more distance by flipping them low, letting them skid across the ice.

Winning top honors in the event’s under 45-year-old division was Kelly Talbot with 91 feet 6 inches. Capturing the over-45 honors was Rose Eddy with 85 feet, 10 inches.

Recording top times in the event were Jessica Meade, Jill Cook, Aron Maltbie, Heidi Hauchney and Heather Orber.

Horicon Town Supervisor Matt Simpson and Town Board member Bob Olson served as judges for the event. Olson said that next year, the event would include practice throws so competition would be more even-handed.

“But everyone had a lot of fun,” he continued.

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