LAKE GEORGE The weather has been outstanding during February for all four weekends of the Lake George Winter Carnival, and more stellar conditions are expected for this Saturday and Sunday, event organizers said Tuesday.
The 2014 carnival’s concluding weekend features a signature motorsports event of the annual four-week festival, and it’s expected to draw a formidable crowd.
The Adirondack Motor Enthusiast Club is returning to hold their sanctioned sports car ice races Feb. 22 and 23 on the frozen surface of Lake George.
The races evoke spectator adrenaline, with vehicles careening around curves, inches away from each other, spewing rooster-tails of ice-shards from beneath spinning tires.
This long-standing series of races features classic sports cars in various states of modification as well as some bizarre homemade vehicles. Crowds of motor-sports enthusiasts enjoy not only the competition, but friendly chatting about the vehicles and their performance.
Both Saturday and Sunday, activities include tethered hot air balloon rides starting at 7 a.m. — weather permitting — and a variety of children’s activities and fun games for both youth and adults on the ice from noon to 2 p.m.
A variety of children’s indoor activities featuring crafts, zumba and face-painting are offered inside from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at King Neptune’s Restaurant. Pony rides are offered from noon to 3 p.m. and snowmobile rides are given mid-day.
A giant ice slide in Shepard Park is available during daylight hours over the weekend.
This year’s new popular attraction, the Lake George Dogs Got Talent show and contest, occurs both days at 2:30 p.m. on Shepard Park Beach. So far this year, some very talented canines have been showing off their tricks.
Of course, there’s the carnival’s trademark Polar Plunge event, featuring dozens of brave swimmers dashing into the frigid lake —- a favorite spectator event set for 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.