The Lake George Winter Carnival kicks off tomorrow with opening ceremonies in Shepard Park at noon. The temperature of the lake’s water today is measuring in at 39 degrees, chilly, but not cold enough to build a solid foundation for on-lake activities. This is not stopping the full schedule of events planned for the carnival, which is held each weekend in February.
Opening ceremonies will be followed by the famous outhouse races. Traditionally these are held on the frozen lake but have been moved to the shore for the 2016 edition. Outhouses in the parking lot of Duffy’s Tavern have sprouted wheels, an indication of how this year’s races will roll. The chili cook-off runs from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. next to the Winter Carnival Headquarters by Shepard Park Beach. Local eateries will compete for bragging rights as carnival attendees cast votes for their favorite chili.
King Neptune’s Pub will be a hub of activity with face painting and arts and crafts for children noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and Zumba noon to 1 p.m. Saturday. Although the lake is free of ice, the same can’t be said for the patio at Neptune’s. Winter 2016 will see the return of King Neptune’s ice bar.
The lakeside restaurant and pub accepted delivery of a large block of ice yesterday — “The famous Glenn Durlacher will be assembling and carving it soon,” Terri Allen of King Neptune’s tells the Lake George Examiner. Durlacher is the artist who annually creates ice structures for the carnival and is last year’s winner of the Lake George snow sculpture competition.
Dogsled rides will be offered at the Wood Festival Space. For $20, you can get an Iditarod experience. If you are seeking an aerial view of the lake, a helicopter will be taking on passengers from the Fort William Henry Saturday and Sunday. Contact Bruce at (518)361-1380 for more information on helicopter rides. ATV rides for children, fee $3, will depart from Duffy’s parking lot on Lower Amherst Street.
Once again, The Dog Cabin will be hosting the Lake George Dogs Got Talent dog show. Sign up your pooch by 1:45 p.m. for the 2 p.m. shows, which will be held both Saturday and Sunday. There is no entry fee for the dog show. All “Pawticipants” get a free prize and a 10-percent discount off anything at The Dog Cabin pet accessories shop on Montcalm Street.
The Lake George Winter Carnival parade steps off at 4 p.m. Saturday at the southern end of the Village and proceeds north up Canada Street to Amherst Street. The parade will be followed by a bon fire on the beach with the makings for s’mores provided. At 5 p.m., festival goers will launch wish lanterns, which are available for purchase at the Carnival souvenir table. For the complete schedule of events and updates, visit the Lake George Winter Carnival Facebook page.