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Long Lake Winter Carnival promises to deliver good times

The cardboard sled races are a highlight of the Long Lake Winter Carnival. (Provided photo — James L. Swedberg)

LONG LAKE — This town will host its annual Winter Carnival next week.

The festivities kick off at noon Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center, 6 Pavilion Way off of Deerland Road.

Events begin with a bonfire, snowmobile parade, and coronation of the King and Queen.

Free activities are slated throughout the day.

The cardboard sled races start at 1 p.m. with prizes awarded for speed and best decoration. Sleds can be made with cardboard, paint, wax and tape. Racing categories are for individuals and for teams.

The ice skating rink and sledding hill will be open throughout the day.

Other events throughout the day include a wackiest hat contest, town-wide photo, kids balloon chase, goalie’s day off, men’s feats of strength, the ladies frying pan toss, and fireworks at 6:30 p.m.

The Ice Farm, featuring the talents of award-winning ice sculptor Stan Kolonko, will be on site carving ice sculptures all day long. Businesses or organizations interested in sponsoring an ice carving or race prizes are asked to contact the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Office at 518-624-3077. Cash prizes will be provided by the Long Lake Fire Department, Long Lake Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club and the Town of Long Lake.

For a full list of events, visit www.mylonglake.com.

In addition to the traditional events slated for the day, Long Lake will host the Chazen Company at Mt. Sabattis. Chazen is in the process of creating a comprehensive plan — a community-driven plan to articulate residents’ vision for the future and serve and as the Town’s official policy document. Planners from the Chazen Companies will be in attendance and seeking input at the Long Lake Winter Carnival from noon to 2 p.m. They will take comments from residents, distribute surveys and provide information about the planning process.

Parking is available in the Mt. Sabattis lower parking lot, along South Hill Road, Owls Head Lane and at the Post Office after 12 p.m. There will be free shuttle service running starting at 6 p.m. until 2 a.m. to and from the event location and pickups throughout the town. Call 518-524-3106 for a ride. Snowmobiles are welcome.

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