Lots of smiles at Long Lake Winter Carnival

Kitsy and Eddie Rockstroh, of Clifton Park and Long Lake, are crowned Moonlighters Snowmobile Club queen and king of the Long Lake Winter Carnival. (Provided photo — James L. Swedberg)

LONG LAKE — With temperatures hovering around a brisk 11 degrees all day Saturday and snowfall adding to the ambiance, Long Lake’s 18th annual Winter Carnival saw what organizers called “an expansive turnout” of new visitors, second homeowners and local residents.

Events kicked off with the coronation of the Moonlighters Snowmobile Club king and queen, Eddie and Kitsy Rockstroh of Clifton Park and Long Lake. Other events included an ice sculpture park by the Ice Farm, of Auburn, complimentary lunch by the Long Lake Fire Department, a bonfire and fireworks. Local bars extended the festivities into the night by hosting live music.

The Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department coordinated all the races and activities and hosted the event at the Mount Sabattis Recreation Area. The event was sponsored by businesses and nonprofit organizations from around the area, as well as the Long Lake town and fire department.


Long Lake Winter Carnival attendees gather for a group photo with cardboard sleds used in the annual races. (Provided photo — James L. Swedberg)

Goalie’s Day Off hockey shootout

1st, Jeff Ruby

Ladies Frying Pan Toss

Matt LaPlant throws the caber in the Feats of Strength competition at the Long Lake Winter Carnival. He placed second. (Provided photo — Alexandra Roalsvig)

1st, Lillian Dechene — 53 feet, 3 inches

2nd, Hillarie Logan-Dechene — 53 feet

3rd, Anna Dechene — 49 feet

Men’s Feats of Strength

The Cardboard Sled Races Best in Show award went to Carissa and Carrera Lance, left, while second place went to Harrison Hall at the Long Lake Winter Carnival. (Provided photo — Alexandra Roalsvig)

1st, Dan Gereau — 34 feet, 3 inches

2nd, Matt LaPlant — 31 feet, 9 inches

3rd, Jeff Ruby — 26 feet, 9 inches

Wackiest Hat Contest

The Long Lake Winter Carnival Cardboard Sled Races’ 12-and-under winners are, from left, Quinn Giordano for first place, a disappointed-looking Kaleb Keller in second place, and Charlotte Harris, third place. (Provided photo — Alexandra Roalsvig)

1st, Maria Clark

2nd, Lorrie Gambino

3rd, Axel Lewis


Winners of the best cardboard sled crash award, at the Long Lake Winter Carnival Saturday, are Mary Dery, Maddie Dery, Jenny Jurczak, Walter Juzukonis, Donna Umpenour and Scott Umpenour. (Provided photo — Alexandra Roalsvig)

12 and under

1st, Quinn Giordano

2nd, Kaleb Keller

3rd, Charlotte Harris


1st, Sara Kallfelz — Winter Cat

2nd, Carissa & Carrera Lance — Ralphie’s Revenge

3rd, Harrison Hall — Jaws


1st, Sam Keller

2nd, Lillian Dechene, Madi Holmes, Christian Fisher

3rd, Kelsie Adams

Best in Show

1st, Carissa and Carrera Lance — Ralphie’s Revenge

2nd, Harrison Hall — Jaws

3rd, Griffin and Declan Farr — Cool Runnings

Best Cardboard Sled Crash

Team Loonie Bin — Mary Dery, Maddie Dery, Jenny Jurczak, Walter Juzukonis, Donna Umpenour, Scott Umpenour


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