New Winter Carnival button features mammoth, saber-toothed cat

SARANAC LAKE — Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau has released his button design for the 2019 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival.

Using the Winter Carnival’s designated theme “Prehistoric Park,” Trudeau’s illustration shows “Doonesbury” character Zonker riding a mammoth while facing a saber-toothed cat. Trudeau, who was raised in Saranac Lake, has created the Winter Carnival button design since 1981.

The button costs $4 and will be available at the following merchants in Saranac Lake later this week: Adirondack Bank (Main Street and Church Street locations), Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Adirondack Wine & Liquor, ADK CAVU Cafe, Amanda’s Village Motel, Ampersound, Bear Essentials Apparel, Belvedere Restaurant, Blue Line Sports, Blue Moon Cafe, Coakley Home and Hardware, Community Bank (Lake Flower Avenue and Broadway locations), Eco Living, Fusion Market, Goody Goody’s, Hyde Mobil (Lake Flower Avenue and Broadway locations), Janie’s for Hair, Kinney Drugs, Lakeview Deli, McKenzie’s Grille, 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, Village Mercantile and Tops Markets.

Buttons will also be sold during Winter Carnival at its headquarters, located at the ROOST (Regional Office for Sustainable Tourism) office at 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, contact Martin at 518-891-2382. There is an additional cost for shipping based on quantity of buttons ordered: $4 for one to four, $6 for five to eight, or $7 for nine or more (prices subject to change).

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

A poster has accompanied each button design in recent years, but this year’s posters are not yet in.

The 2019 Winter Carnival will take place Feb. 1 to 10.

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee — formally known as the Society for Promotion of Winter Carnival, Saranac Lake, Inc. — is a not-for-profit 501(c)(4) organization of volunteers dedicated to planning and presenting an annual mid-winter festival. This 10-day, communitywide 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. For more information, visit www.saranaclakewintercarnival.com.

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