Arctic Golf Build-an-Obstacle Contest

To the editor:

I’m a member of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee, and I’m managing the Arctic Golf Build-an-Obstacle Contest on Feb. 2 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Prescott Park, next to the Lake Flower State Boat Launch.

I want to let the community know that I still have openings available for the contest. The contest is intended for community organizations or businesses based in Saranac Lake; however, it is open to anyone that would like to build a family-friendly miniature golf obstacle out of snow. Contestants will build the obstacle, test its functionality and complete it before 4 p.m. to be ready for the Arctic Golf event, which is open to the public the following day. Prizes will be awarded for the three most creative obstacles: First place wins $100 and a medal, and second and third place each win a medal.

Members of the Winter Carnival royalty will choose the winning obstacles on Feb. 3 before the Arctic Golf event begins. Signs announcing the winners will be placed on the obstacles, as well as the name of the organization or business that built it. The winners will also be announced on the Winter Carnival website and Facebook page, and in a local news press release.

The contest registration form is available on the carnival’s website at and must be submitted in advance of the event. The contest is a lot of fun, and we have some creative and competitive groups participating, including Adirondack Hamlets to Huts, North Country School and the Saranac Lake Youth Center. It’s a great opportunity to showcase the talent in our community, and I hope to get some more builders to join us. Have a great Carnival!

Colleen O’Neill

Saranac Lake