Lake Placid High School readies for its Winter Carnival

A "Fire and Ice" snow sculpture in front of Lake Placid Middle-High School is part of the school’s 2017 Winter Carnival. (Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

LAKE PLACID — The 76th Lake Placid High School Winter Carnival will take place from Thursday through Saturday.

The opening ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the high school auditorium.

Coronation will be at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, followed by the Sno-Ball Hop at 8 p.m. This year, the coronation and Sno-Ball Hop theme is “Salute to Disney,” and they are being hosted by the Class of 2022. The Lake Placid Central School Class of 2031 will provide entertainment for the coronation.

In 1944, Romeo Proulx, supervising principal of the Lake Placid High School, along with Bob Connelly, Doris Keane, Isabelle Warner Farrell, Gertrude Powers and Howard Page, initiated the LPHS Winter Carnival with the volunteer assistance of faculty, parents and local residents. It included sculpting, ski races, coronation and the “Icicle Hop.”

Much has changed since 1944, but the high school still gathers the students and faculty together for intramural competitions among grades 9 through 12.

From pie eating to snow volleyball, the Sing-Thing (how well your class performs the LPHS alma mater) to broomball, the high school classes will compete from noon on Thursday through 2:07 p.m. on Friday.

While the high school students engage in their Winter Carnival games, middle school students will skate on Thursday afternoon and ski at Whiteface Mountain or Mount Van Hoevenberg on Friday. The state Olympic Regional Development Authority and the village of Lake Placid donate time and help coordinate activities for the middle school students.

The Winter Carnival Hockey Tournament will begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday with the Lake Placid Blue Bombers versus the Saranac Lake Red Storm. Then at 7:20 p.m. Friday is Rye versus Lake Placid, and at 12:30 p.m. Saturday is Rye versus Saranac Lake. A points system will be used to determine the champion.

Cindy Baird will serve as archbishop of the 2019 Lake Placid High School Winter Carnival. She grew up in Hamburg, New York, and moved to Lake Placid in 1985. She taught kindergarten, first and third grades at Lake Placid Elementary School for 30 years and retired in 2018 as a kindergarten teacher. She and her husband Stuart have three children who have all grown up Lake Placid. She will crown the king and queen, and she will be recognized for her dedication to the students of the Lake Placid Central School District and to the Lake Placid community at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.