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Lake George Winter Carnival kicks off this weekend with parade, outhouse races

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There is plenty of ice and snow around Lake George this year for the 53rd Winter Carnival, which begins this Saturday, Feb. 1, with opening ceremonies at noon on Shepard Park Beach. Local ice fishermen are reporting nine inches of ice in the Southern Basin, which will provide a sturdy base for the Carnival’s ice events.

Opening ceremonies will be followed by the Carnival’s signature event, the outhouse races. Teams of five – two to push, two to pull, and one to sit on the pot — will race their outhouses-on-runners in this popular event.

Also scheduled for opening day is a chili cook-off in Shepard Park at 12:30 p.m., a dog talent show sponsored by The Dog Cabin and snowmobile water skip at 2:30. The Carnival Parade steps off at 4 p.m. and will proceed up Canada Street to Shepard Park. The parade will be followed by a bonfire on the beach with the makings for S’mores available. The day’s events will culminate with fireworks over the lake at 6:30 p.m.

King Neptune’s Pub will host children’s activities from 11 a.m. through 2 p.m., which will include Zumba and face painting. Tubby Tubes of Lake Luzerne is operating a giant snow slide in the park both Saturday and Sunday. Each day of the Carnival features a 3 p.m. polar plunge at Shepard Park Beach, so attendees are encouraged to wear bathing suits.

The Lake George Winter Carnival continues every weekend through February with 4 x 4 truck races, ATV and motorcycle ice races, ice diving demonstrations and cook offs.

For a full schedule of activities, visit the Lake George Winter Carnival web site.

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