SARANAC LAKE - The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee is currently seeking nominations from the public for the 2014 Winter Carnival king and queen.
Once the nominations have been collected, all past kings and queens are invited to an assembly which will select the new king and queen from the nominations. This meeting is on Friday, Jan. 17 at a secret location.
The nominating materials are presented to the assembly exactly as they are received from the community. There is no pre-screening or editing that could influence the outcome. The assembled kings and queens are given a period of time to review the materials and then are called upon to vote. Final selection is by secret ballot.
Lee Foster and Cherie Racette, king and queen of the the 2013 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, leave the Coronation ceremony last February at the Harrietstown Town Hall.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
The king and queen selection is based upon volunteerism within the community. The assembly is looking for a long-term and broad-based commitment to making life more livable, pleasant and enjoyable - both for the people who live here and for those who visit. The volunteer activities can be organized or completely self-motivated. They can be as diverse as organizing a major community event or as seemingly minor as shoveling a neighbor's sidewalk. The assembly is seeking people who help others independently, not people who are in professions that help or care for others.
Each nomination should be submitted separately and must include the candidate's volunteer services history. It is important that each nomination be signed by the person submitting it.
Nominations must be received no later than Thursday, Jan. 16.
Send them to the Winter Carnival Committee, Attention: King/Queen Nomination, P.O. Box 829, Saranac Lake, NY 12983. They can also be dropped off at the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, 54 Broadway, or the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Office, 193 River St. No electronic nominations (email) will be accepted. If you have questions about the nominations, call Barb Martin at 518-891-2382.
The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee Inc. is a group of volunteers dedicated to organizing 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. For more information, visit the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival website at www.saranaclakewintercarnival.com.
The 2014 Winter Carnival will take place Jan. 31 to Feb. 9.