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Winter Carnival

McHugh tourney crowns new champion

BLOOMINGDALE — An eight-year tradition and counting. On Sunday, the Bloomingdale Volunteer Fire Department hosted the Casey McHugh Pond Hockey Tournament for the eighth season as part of Winter Carnival, and for the first time, the championship game went into overtime. Not only did the ...

Winter Carnival Gala Parade winners

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Gala Parade results are as follows for the winners of first and second place trophies in various categories, as well as the Louis Fobare Memorial Trophy for Best of Show. --- Louis Fobare Memorial Trophy Best of Show Bucket Ruckus and ...

Rotary show brings Saranac Lake’s best

SARANAC LAKE — The Rotary Club held its annual Winter Carnival Variety Show Friday night, putting some of its most talented, selfless and entertaining individuals on stage. The night started with the introduction of the carnival royalty and court, led by King and Queen Clyde Baker and ...

Rotary Club hosts its 67th annual Variety Show

If you go... What: The Rotary Club of Saranac Lake Variety Show When: Friday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Where: Harrietstown Town Hall, 39 Main St., Saranac Lake How much: $15 in advance, $20 at the door --- There’s singing; there’s dancing; there’s comedy; there’s lumberjacks ...

Fun runners brave cold temps

SARANAC LAKE — The annual Winter Carnival Fun Run drew its largest crowd ever Saturday, as 65 hardy participants took on the 4-mile course with the temperature hovering around 5 degrees. Eric Holmes was the first runner to cross the finish line with a time of 27 minutes, 5 seconds. Joe ...

Top in Fry Pan Toss

SARANAC LAKE — The Ladies and Little Ladies Fry Pan Toss Contests at Winter Carnival gave participants a chance to practice the little-known art of throwing a cast-iron pan as far as possible. The popular event drew a heavy crowd in below-freezing temperatures, as families and friends ...

Arctic Golf Build-an-Obstacle Contest winners announced

SARANAC LAKE — The Arctic Golf Build-an-Obstacle Contest was held Saturday and challenged contestants to build miniature golf obstacles out of snow and ice for the Arctic Golf event held the following day. The three most creative obstacles, out of six in total, were chosen by members ...

Clyde Baker, Nancy LaBombard crowned as Coronation kicks off Winter Carnival

SARANAC LAKE — In a packed town hall, Clyde Baker and Nancy LaBombard were proclaimed King and Queen of Winter Carnival Friday night. As temperatures swung below zero, village residents hurried along the snowy sidewalks for the annual ritual of coronation. Emceed by Patti Sauvie of the ...

Annual building of the Ice Palace

The weather cooperated, the ice froze and many hands came together to build Saranac Lake’s famous Ice Palace in the week before Winter Carnival. Dean Baker, who’s in charge of the project, said there are between 100 and 110 steady volunteers who help build the palace. Two crews from ...

Meet the king

Clyde Baker was born in Saranac Lake and is a fourth-generation Saranac Laker. He and his wife of 26 years, Sue, have one son, Sam. He is the co-owner of a downtown business, Rice Furniture. Baker went to St. Bernard’s School and graduated from Saranac Lake High School, after which he ...

Meet the queen

Nancy LaBombard was born in Niagara Falls, the first child in her family, but raised in the North Country. She and her husband Richard have two children, Sarah and Michael. LaBombard attended Beekmantown Central School and graduated in 1975. Her first visit to Saranac Lake was as a high ...

Ladies dancing and lords a-leaping

SARANAC LAKE — For the 14 high school seniors who comprise the Winter Carnival Court, carnival began four months ago. First, they were voted into the court by their classmates at the high school: seven guys and seven girls to represent Saranac Lake youth during the festivities. Next, ...

Cupids hope to break Guinness record during Carnival

SARANAC LAKE — The world’s largest gathering of people dressed as Cupid may take place on the final Saturday of Winter Carnival. Guinness Book of World Records personnel will be on hand to verify the fact, if indeed Saranac Lake beats the world record. It may depend on you. How many ...

Winter Carnival Headquarters at ROOST office

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Headquarters opens for the season on Feb. 2 at the ROOST office at 193 River St. The headquarters offers a gift shop, maps and information about the various events of the 10-day festival, and serves as a central planning resource for ...