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Lake George Winter Carnival to host car races, family fun this weekend

A canine competitor in the Lake George Dogs Got Talent contest, a new feature of the annual Lake George Winter Carnival, gets some encouragement on Saturday from its human sponsor while a crowd observes. The carnival concludes this weekend with a full lineup of family-friendly activities. The Dog Cabin, a store in Lake George Village that caters to canines, sponsors the dog talent competition.
Photo by Tim Weatherwax

A canine competitor in the Lake George Dogs Got Talent contest, a new feature of the annual Lake George Winter Carnival, gets some encouragement on Saturday from its human sponsor while a crowd observes. The carnival concludes this weekend with a full lineup of family-friendly activities. The Dog Cabin, a store in Lake George Village that caters to canines, sponsors the dog talent competition. Photo by Tim Weatherwax

— The Plunge is preceded at 2:30 p.m. by the Snowmobile Water Skip, in which a sled pilot careens over open waters for 100 yards or more, defying gravity that could sink his snowmobile into the icy waters.

In addition, wood- and ice-carving demonstrations are to occur intermittently Saturday and Sunday.

Activities include a bonfire on Shepard Park Beach from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, featuring marshmallow roasting and participants creating their own tasty s’mores with the savory ingredients provided. This heartwarming family activity includes musical entertainment, followed by fireworks over the lake at about 6:30 p.m.

Saturday also features a chicken wing cook-off at noon.

On Sunday the raffle drawings for a Polaris Indy 550 snowmobile trailer — as well as a Kawasaki Mule ATV — are to be held at 3:30 p.m. at Shepard Park Beach.

Carnival spokesperson Nancy Nichols said Tuesday the weather was ideal on Saturday Feb. 15 and Sunday Feb. 16.

“We had another phenomenal weekend,” she said, noting the robust crowd, including a record number of people taking the polar plunge — about 120 over the two days — and a crowd of people of all ages enjoying a golf tournament on the ice.

One new event embraced by the crowd was the mass release of Chinese Wish Lanterns — miniature paper hot-air craft which floated into the sky after they were ignited on Saturday at about 6 p.m.

Nichols said the carnival’s attendance was outstanding, boosted by the President’s Day weekend and the start of students’ mid-winter breaks. She said it was one of the most popular winter carnival weekends in recent history.

“The village was packed,” she said noting that parking spaces were difficult to find. “Every motel was filled and there wasn’t a room to be found — It was amazing!”

She predicted that the upcoming weekend, with the conclusion of the Carnival for 2014, crowds would be similarly large.

“We invite everyone to come to Lake George this weekend and have a blast!” she said.

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