Winter Carnival opening weekend is a blast

Fireworks burst above the Lighting of the Ice Palace Saturday night at the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
From the left, Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Queen and King Nancy LaBombard and Clyde Baker, Chamberlain Drew Benware and Princess Victoria Smith are poised and ready at the start line of Saturday’s Ice Palace Fun Run. The king and queen only ran a few yards before dropping out to greet visitors to the event while the rest of the field continued on with the run, which followed a four-plus mile course. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
A young participant in the Winter Carnival Frying Pan Toss chucks the kitchenware as hard as she can Saturday in Riverside Park. The event was well attended by families, friends and passers-by who wanted to watch the girls launch the pans as far as possible. (Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)
Winners of the Ladies Fry Pan Toss line up with their medals, from left, Kathy Frizzell, Michelle Raville, Janet Swentusky, Hannah Pelkey, and Amanda Galway. (Enterprise photo — Glynis Hart)
Jordan Hosmer, of Buffalo, checks out a plane parked on the ice of Lake Flower off the shore from the Ice Palace Saturday. Several minutes later, the pilot started up the engine and took off down the lake. (Enterprise photo -- Aaron Cerbone)
In addition to the Ice Palace, Saranac Lake Winter Carnival volunteers built an ice outhouse on the shore of Lake Flower. A graffiti wall and a magazine complete the scene. (Enterprise photo — Peter Crowley)
The Chocolate Festival, put on by NYS Women Inc. and Paul Smith’s College, is one of two bake sales in the Harrietstown Town Hall Saturday during the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. (Enterprise photo — Peter Crowley)