SARANAC LAKE - The king and queen of Saranac Lake's 114th Winter Carnival are Ed Scharmer and Cheri Fisher, it was revealed Friday night.
Behind their thrones, a shining suit of armor stood at center stage in front of a turret-studded castle backdrop during the Coronation at Harrietstown Town Hall. This year's theme is "Medieval Times," but this traditional ceremony matches that every year.
Mayor Clyde Rabideau kicked off the ceremony and thanked the Women's Civic Chamber, which hosts the event.
2011 Winter Carnival King Ed Scharmer and Queen Cheri Fisher are celebrated at Friday’s Coronation at the Harrietstown Town Hall in Saranac Lake.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
"Let everything throughout the village be enjoyed by all," Rabideau said. "And let the festivities begin."
The event's mascot, Sara the Snowy Owl, took the stage for a bow before Women's Civic Chamber President Patti Sauvie introduced Carnival Chamberlain Joe Thill, a social studies teacher at Saranac Lake High School. Thill unsheathed a large sword and stood it next to the podium.
"They said I was going to have a sword, but this is a massive weapon," he said. "I guess it could come in handy."
Thill said he was honored to be part of an event that "brings the entire community together." Winter Carnival "is more than an antidote to winter blues and cabin fever," he said. "It's a celebration of living in Saranac Lake."
Thill introduced the members of the royal family, who were greeted with cheers as the Saranac Lake High School band played through a swinging jazz number.
Last year's king, Frank Camelo, and queen, Carol Reyell, were honored for their year on the throne and seemed reluctant to give up their crowns.
"Earlier, Frank told me the next king would have to joust him for the crown," Thill said.
Reyell expressed her gratitude for "a wonderful reign" before this year's king and queen were announced - the moment the crowd was waiting for. Both Fisher and Scharmer received standing ovations.
During the ceremony, several new awards were handed out by Winter Carnival Committee Chairman Jeff Dickson. Scharmer won one in honor of Dan Duso, who chaired the committee for 24 years, and John and Buffy Van Anden won one named for Katee Morgan Fobare, a tireless committee member who "made things happen," Dickson said. Duso died in 2009 and Fobare last year.
David Watts won the Trudeau Award for exemplary Carnival spirit.
The Carnival is something this community should be proud of, Thill said, "so let that pride swell from the mountaintops of this small Adirondack community."
Afterward the royals attended a reception at Elks Lodge to "mingle with the common folk," according to the program.