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Annual Winter Carnival button unveiled

2014 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival button

2014 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival button

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2014 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival button

— “Doonesbury” cartoonist Garry Trudeau has released his button design for the 2014 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival.

Using the Winter Carnival’s designated theme “Celtic Carnival,” Trudeau’s illustration shows “Doonesbury” character Duke playing the bagpipes. Trudeau, who was raised in Saranac Lake, has been creating the Winter Carnival button design since 1981. Learn more about “Doonesbury” at doonesbury.slate.com.

The Winter Carnival buttons will be for sale at merchants throughout the Village of Saranac Lake early next week. The buttons cost $4 each.

The merchants selling buttons in Saranac Lake are Ace Hardware, Adirondack Bank, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Adirondack Liquor, Amanda’s Village Motel, Ampersound, Bear Essentials Apparel, Belvedere Restaurant, Blue Line Sports, Blue Moon Café, Captain Cook’s, Community Bank, Eco Living, First Niagara Bank, Fusion Market, Goody Goody’s, Hyde’s, K&E Enterprises, Kinney’s, Lakeview Deli, Maurice Hair Salon, McKenzie’s Grille, NBT Bank, Post Office Pharmacy, Rice Furniture, Rusty Nail, Saranac Lake Adult Center, Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce, Saranac Lake Discount Liquor, Saranac Village at Will Rogers and Waterhole. The merchants selling buttons in Bloomingdale are Blooming Market and Norman’s Store.

The buttons will also be sold during Winter Carnival on Jan. 31 – Feb. 9 at its headquarters and are available through mail order by sending a check payable to “Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee” to Barb Martin, 230 Broadway, Saranac Lake, N.Y. 12983. Past Winter Carnival buttons are also available for $5. For more information contact Barb Martin at 891-2382. There is an additional cost for shipping based on quantity of buttons ordered: 1-5 - $3, 6-9 - $5, 10 or more - $7.

Winter Carnival buttons are one of the longest-running traditions at the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. The buttons are collected by residents and visitors every year and have a devoted following of those who enjoy capturing a piece of Winter Carnival history.

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