The 52nd annual Lake George Winter Carnival drew several hundred to the lakeshore yesterday, February 2, for opening ceremonies and a full schedule of events. Although Punxsutawney Phil had prognosticated an early spring, temperatures in Lake George, which barely broke 20 degrees, and swirling snow flurries spoke differently, bringing true Adirondack winter weather to this festival that embraces the ice, snow and cold.
Opening ceremonies, which were held at Winter Carnival Headquarters in Shepard Park at noon, brought out local dignitaries to comment on the importance of the winter celebration to the area. Businesses in this community that thrive primarily on summer tourism opened their doors to welcome winter visitors as a steady stream of foot traffic filled the snowy sidewalks.
Carnival events, both indoors and out, were held at venues throughout the village. Many took to the lake, supported by a solid five inches of ice, for skating, fishing and playing in the snow.
The Winter Carnival continues each weekend through February.