Winter Carnival button features ranger Zonker

SARANAC LAKE — Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau has released his button design for the 2017 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. Using the Winter Carnival’s designated theme “Adirondack Wildlife,” the illustration shows Doonesbury character Zonker holding a canoe paddle and wearing a ranger hat, with a wildlife scene in the background.

Trudeau, who was raised in Saranac Lake, has created a button design every year since 1981 to benefit the Winter Carnival.

The button costs $4 and will be available at merchants throughout Saranac Lake and in Bloomingdale beginning this week.

The merchants selling buttons in Saranac Lake are Coakley High Peaks Ace Hardware, Adirondack Bank (Main Street and Church Street), Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Adirondack Wine & Liquor, Amanda’s Village Motel, Ampersound, Bear Essentials Apparel, Belvedere Restaurant, Blue Line Sports, Blue Moon Cafe, Community Bank (Lake Flower Avenue and Broadway), Eco Living, Fusion Market, Goody Goody’s, Hyde’s Nice ‘N’ Easy (Lake Flower Avenue and Broadway), Janie’s for Hair, K&E Enterprises, Key Bank (Main Street), Kinney Drugs, Lakeview Deli, McKenzie’s Grille, Moose Maple Books & More, NBT Bank, Post Office Pharmacy, Rice Furniture, Saranac Lake Adult Center, Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, Saranac Lake Wine & Liquor, Saranac Village at Will Rogers, Tops Friendly Markets (Church Street and Lake Flower Avenue).

Bloomin’ Market is selling buttons in Bloomingdale.

Buttons will also be sold during Winter Carnival at its headquarters located at the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce (193 River St.) and available through mail order by sending a check payable to Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee to Barb Martin, 230 Broadway, Saranac Lake, NY 12983. Past Winter Carnival buttons are also available for $5. For more information, call Martin at 518-891-2382. There is an additional cost for shipping, based on quantity of buttons ordered: $3 for one to five, $5 for six to nine, $7 for 10 or more.

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.

The 2017 Winter Carnival will take place Feb. 3 to 12.

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee, formally known as the Society for Promotion of Winter Carnival, Saranac Lake, Inc., is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) organization of volunteers dedicated to planning and presenting an annual mid-winter festival. This 10-day, community-wide event traces its roots to a one-day Winter Carnival held in 1897 by the Pontiac Club. The carnival honors its heritage every year by building an Ice Palace from blocks of ice harvested from Lake Flower’s Pontiac Bay, where carnival events have been traditionally held for generations.

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