winter carnival

Raquette Lake Winter Carnival

The Raquette Lake Winter Carnival will kick on Saturday, February 16th with youth activities start at 11am . Games will include a sack race, sledding, tire obstacle, balloon chase, and tug-of-war.  At noon there will be a Ladies Frying Pan Toss with cash prizes of $75, $50, $25. The Team Ice Golf Competition will be held throughout the day for teams with cash prizes of $75, $50, $25.
 
Registration for events will take place at the Raquette Lake Library.  Round out the day by warming up at the bonfire and the annual tug-o-war.
 
At 2p.m. Magicians Chris and Pete of Chris and Pete Amusements will perform in the Raquette Lake Library. The show is free.
 
Fireworks are slated for 7pm. Showcase will be weather dependent.  Check www.facebook.com/raquettelakefor schedule updates.
 
On Sunday, February 17th, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the Raquette Lake Ladies Auxiliary sponsor a $10 all you can eat Pancake Breakfast at the Raquette Lake Fire Hall.  
 
At Noon on Sunday the Cross-Cut / Chainsaw competition will be held on the Raquette Lake Village Green. In 2019 the Chainsaw Competition will be sponsored by the Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club. This long-standing tradition is a not to be missed event featuring timed men’s, women’s and mixed divisions.  Competitors must bring their own chainsaw!
 
Cookie donations are requested for Saturday, February 16th.  Please drop off at the Raquette Lake Library.  As in years past the Raquette Lake Library will be open for hot chocolate, cookies and warmth all day on Saturday.  Raquette Lake Events Coordinator Kat Forsell will be coordinating the events of the weekend.
 
For more information www.myraquettelake.com
 

Pete and Chris Magicians at 2pm on Saturday, February 16th at the Raquette Lake Library and it’s free!

Newsday Article

2019 Long Lake Winter Carnival Wrap Up

Long Lake Fire Department Serves Lunch

The Long Lake Winter Carnival was held on Saturday, January 19, 2019 despite the predictions of all things, SNOW!  Events were held throughout the day at Mt. Sabattis, located off of S80, aka The Power Line Trail for snowmobiliers. Events were slated for noon and continued throughout the day until the fireworks finale at 6:30pm. 

Families and friends gathered around four bonfires, wood generously donated by Donnelly’s Logging and fires also started by Tom Donnelly. Thanks Tom.  The Ice Farm was on site installing three sculptures including an ice sculpture selfie board, the Long Lake Little Bus and a sculpture of a hammer, sponsored by new construction business, Howe May We Help You, llc.  

Events kicked off with a snowmobile parade, coronation of King and Queen, Erik Arsenault and Kate O’Dowd.  There was a wacky hat competition and then the real centerpiece of the afternoon, the Cardboard Sled Races.  A variety of sleds were created from a tropical island theme, to a butterfly with wings, the Long Lake Little Bus and even a sled that has competed in the last FIVE sled races.  That box is well preserved!  

Special Thanks to snowmobilers who traveled to Long Lake on our groomed snowmobile trail system and stopped by our local businesses.  We’re open 7 days a week all winter!  Stop on bye! 

Other events throughout the day included the one-shot hockey, Ladies Frying Pan Toss and the Men’s Caber Toss.  Special thank yous to our prize donators including: Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club, Long Lake Diner, Long Lake Fire Department and the Town of Long Lake. 

Here is a full list of the winners.

2019 Long Lake Winter Carnival Winners
 
Goalie’s Day Off – Mathurin Griffith – $50 Cash Prize Sponsored by The Long Lake Diner
 
Ladies Frying Pan Toss – Prizes Sponsored by Town of Long Lake
1.    Hillarie Logan-Dechene – 50’ 3”
2.    Lillian Dechene – 49’
3.    Jennifer Okey – 45’ 9”
 
Men’s Feats of Strength – $150 Prizes Sponsored by the Moonlighter’s Club
1.    Matt LaPlant 24 feet
2.    Jeff Ruby – 23 Feet
3.    Daniel George – 22 ½ feet
 
Wackiest Hat Contest – Cash Prize Sponsored by Town of Long Lake
1.    Delaney Carr
 
Cardboard Sled Races – Sponsored by Town of Long Lake
12 & Under
1.    Claire Danchetz
2.    Charlie Harris
3.    The Maple Boys – Griffin Farr, Declan Farr, Morgan Delehanty
 
13-17
1.    Mason Meher
2.    Reid Waite & Annalise Penrose
3.    Garrett Clark
 
Adult
1.    Lillian Dechene & Christina
2.    Kristie Lance
3.    Sam Keller

Best in Show
1.    Reid Waite – Long Lake Little Bus
2.    Island with Palm Trees – Carissa Lance
3.    Taco – Jacob Richards
 
Best Cardboard Sled Crash – Sponsored by Stewart’s Shops
1.     Kaleb Keller
 
Bonfires Sponsored by Donnelly’s Logging & Donnelly’s Sunset Point
 
Ice Sculptures  by The Ice Farm sponsored by
 
Another Paradise Cove
Adirondack Growl & Grub
Turner’s Pizza
Motel Long Lake
Long View Lodge
Roalsvig Law
Long Lake Real Estate
Adirondack Hotel
Long Lake Rentals
Corporate Service Solutions
ADK Trading Post
Gillis Real Estate
Hoss’s Country Corner
Shamrock Motel & Cottages
Chipman Woodworks
Howe May We Help You, llc
Town of Long Lake

 

2019 Winter Carnival Events and Schedule Announced, Long Lake

Wacky Hat Contest

The Long Lake Winter Carnival WILL happen, no matter the anticipated weather event that is heading towards the northeast.  

Long Lake’s Weather Outlook from Weatherunderground as of Thurs 1/17

Friday 01/18
40% / 0.3 in
Variably cloudy with snow showers. High 28F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 40%.

Friday Night 01/18
20% / 0 in
Cloudy. Low -4F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday 01/19
50% / 0.4 in
Cloudy. Snow showers developing in the afternoon. High 9F. Winds light and variable. Chance of snow 50%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.

Saturday Night 01/19
100% / 9.3 in
Periods of snow. Low 4F. Winds light and variable. Chance of snow 100%. 8 to 12 inches of snow expected.

Sunday 01/20
100% / 5.3 in
Watching a potential winter storm. Snow during the morning will give way to lingering snow showers during the afternoon. Morning high of 8F with temps falling to near -5. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 100%. 5 to 8 inches of snow expected.

Sunday Night 01/20
30% / 0.2 in
A few snow showers scattered about the area in the evening, otherwise a good deal of clouds. Low -18F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 30%.

King of the Mountain

On Saturday, January 19th at noon, the Long Lake Winter Carnival will be held at Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center in Long Lake, NY located at 6 Pavilion Way off of Deerland Road, NYS Route 30.  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 1pm with prizes awarded for speed and overall award for Best Decoration.  Sleds can be made with cardboard, paint, wax and tape only.  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, Broomball and fireworks at 6:30pm. All events are free. Some events will require special waiver form to be signed by participants. 
 
The Ice Farm, featuring the talents of award-winning ice sculptor Stan Kolonko, will be on site carving incredible works of ice art 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 provided by the Long Lake Fire Department, Long Lake Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club and the Town Of Long Lake.
 
Schedule of Events – All times subject to change without notice. The Long Lake Fire Department will provide hot food, hot chocolate, popcorn and snacks.  This event happens snow, rain or shine.  All times subject to change without notice.
 
12pm Winter Carnival Kick off, Ice Sculptures Installation Begins, Registration opens and free lunch served by the Long Lake Fire Department
12:15pm Snowmobile Parade – conditions permitting
12:30pm Coronation of Moonlighter’s King and Queen
12:45pm Wackiest Hat Competition – 1st Place Prize Only!  $50
1:00pm  Cardboard Sled Races – Registration is required for Cardboard sled racing.  Must be present and registered no later than 12:45pm
2:00pm  (or immediately following Sled Races) Town Wide Photo
2:15pm Balloon Chase for Kids 9 and under
2:30pm One Shot Hockey aka Goalie’s Day Off – Prize Sponsored by Long Lake Diner  $50 for First Place
3:00pm Ladies Frying Pan Toss – Prizes Sponsored by Town of Long Lake $75, $50 $25
3:45pm  Men’s Feats of Strength – Caber Toss – Prizes Sponsored by Moonlighter Snowmobile Club $75, $50 $25
4:30pm  Broomball – 5 people per team, registration required.  Prize for 1st Place Team $100 Sponsored by Long Lake Fire Department
6:30pm  Fireworks
 
The Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center, Geiger Arena is located at 6 Pavilion Way across from the Long Lake Post Office on Deerland Road, NYS Route 30 in Long Lake, NY.  This event is free.  Parking available in the lower parking lot, along South Hill Road, Owls Head Lane and at the Post Office after 12pm.  There will be free shuttle service running starting at 6pm until 2am to and from the event location and pickups throughout town.  Call 518-524-3106 for a ride.  Open to the public.   Snowmobiles welcome! 
 
For more information about Long Lake, www.mylonglake.com  or FB at www.facebook.com/mylonglake

Raquette Lake Winter Carnival Schedule Planned for 2018

Raquette Lake Winter Carnival
February 17th – 18th, 2018

 

The Raquette Lake Winter Carnival will kick on Saturday, February 17th  with youth activities start at 11am . Games will include a sack race, sledding, tire obstacle, balloon chase, and tug-of-war.  At noon there will be a Ladies Frying Pan Toss with cash prizes of $75, $50, $25. The Team Ice Golf Competition will be held throughout the day for teams with cash prizes of $75, $50, $25.

Registration for events will take place at the Raquette Lake Library.  Round out the day by warming up at the bonfire and the annual tug-o-war.

At 2p.m. Magician Chris and Pete of Chris and Pete Amusements will perform in the Raquette Lake Library.  The show is free.

Fireworks are slated for 7pm. Showcase will be weather dependent.  Check www.facebook.com/raquettelake for schedule updates or last minute cancelations.

On Sunday, February 18th, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the Raquette Lake Ladies Auxiliary sponsor a $10 all you can eat Pancake Breakfast at the Raquette Lake Fire Hall.  

At Noon on Sunday the Cross-Cut / Chainsaw competition will be held on the Raquette Lake Village Green.  This long standing tradition is a not to be missed event featuring timed men’s, women’s and mixed divisions. 

Cookie donations are requested for Saturday, February 18th.  Please drop off at the Raquette Lake Library.  As in years past the Raquette Lake Library will be open for hot chocolate, cookies and warmth all day on Saturday.  Raquette Lake Events Coordinator Kat Forsell will be coordinating the events of the weekend.

For more information www.myraquettelake.com

Kids Games are a blast!  

Cross Cut & Chain Saw competition always happens on Sunday, of Winter Carnival Weekend at noon!

Create your own Memories! Long Lake Winter Carnival 2018


It all depends on the weather.  Some years the snow is flying, or frying pans or Christmas trees.  Guests trudge around Mt. Sabattis swinging golf clubs and hitting tennis balls as far as they can go.  Kids of all ages sled on toboggans and race cardboard boxes down Mt Sabattis.  Some years the frying pan goes so far and fast on the icy surface of the parking lot and spectators gasp fearing for the cars in the parking lot below.  One year the throw was so impactful the frying pan broke and organizers scrambled and improvised with a folding chair.

Winter Carnival always happens the Saturday of Martin Luther King weekend, no matter the weather.  This year its Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Mt. Sabattis Geiger Arena, 6 Pavilion Way, Long Lake NY.

What to expect for the weather?  Historically the Winter Carnival Conditions have varied from blizzard white outs, to frigid temps or the terrorizing January thaw.

2018 looks to be shaping up for a full-fledged Winter Carnival experience with the arctic cold snap breaking shortly after the Winter Bombastic Event.  Long Lake will be looking for some snow early in the week January 8th and 9th with snow Monday, Tuesday and some ice and snow rounding it up Thursday and the early forecast for Saturday the 13th looks for 20 degrees and morning snow showers.  That’s balmy by Long Lake standards.

Someone once said it’s not cold temperatures, but bad clothes. So layer up! 

One year the Cardboard Sled races were held at minus fifteen degrees. Yes, a minus in front of the 15 and we thought the polar plunge was cold at 8 degrees ABOVE zero.  Our local doctor happened to be on scene to push his son down the hill in a cardboard box and remarked we shouldn’t really be outside because it was too cold, we should at least be wearing gloves!  Funny he said that as we were frantically running brackets for the Cardboard Sled Races and the pen ink was freezing and it was practically impossible to keep up with the teams.  Turned out we had over 40 cardboard sleds participating that year and luckily we didn’t get frostbite as we took turns filling out the paperwork. 

The Geiger Arena has a warming hut. It’s amazing how many people can actually fit in the building to thaw out.  It’s almost like a clown car one person goes in and then another person goes in and then another person and another person, and one wonders, how are all those people fitting in there, with all their bulky jackets and snow pants?  It doesn’t seem possible, but it happens.  Some call it “the magic of Long Lake.”

As Winter Carnival is a community event you can always find members of the Long Lake Fire Department in the kitchen serving up hot food.  There’s hot chocolate and popcorn too.  The Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club host the coronation and sponsor some of the games and prizes.  Other businesses and organizations contribute keeping the spirit of the community bright and vibrant.

Lots of people want to know what we have going on for the youngest set.  Our favorites are definitely the Cardboard sled races, skating and sledding all day long. 

If you seek a softer, gentler commitment try your hand at fashion and join in the Wacky Hat Contest.  For gusto and fun give a shot at the Ladies Frying Pan Toss, the Men’s’ Caber Toss, Human Foosball, and Broomball.  Just want to visit and enjoy the great outdoors? Find your spot at the bonfire.  If snowmobiling is your thing, trailer your sled up, make sure you register your snowmobile with the Moonlighters Snowmobile Club (for a break on registration) and hit the trails throughout the day. Mt. Sabattis located right off of the popular Powerline trail known as C7B.  Our Long Lake and Raquette Lake Groomers will be out packing the trails while our Hamilton County Highway Crew and Long Lake Highway crew help flatten out the banks on roadsides for sled traffic.  All local roads in Long Lake and Raquette Lake are official snowmobile trails so use those to connect to C7B, C7, C8, C8B and our shorter interior loops including the Lake Eaton trail are popular too.

The whole day gets underway around “noonish”  We call that “Long Lakey Vacation Winter Time”  The event starts off with a Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club Coronation.  A snowmobile parade escorts the King and Queen down the hill with a ceremony anointing our new royalty.  Events continue on with the Wacky Hat Contest, Cardboard Sled Racing, Town Wide Photo, and a multitude of events throughout the day.  Plenty of cash prizes are provided by the Town of Long Lake, The Long Lake Fire Department, The Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club, Long Lake Real Estate, the Long Lake Diner and more. 

For 2018 the Ice Farm will be on site doing ice carving demonstrations throughout the day and the day concludes with a fireworks display at 6:30pm.  The Long Lake Little Bus (our answer to Uber) is free and available starting at 5pm.  Call 518.323-5001. 

Join us and bring your whole family.  Come for the day or stay for the weekend.  You’ll be glad you did!  Here’s a link to our available lodging in our area.  Pick your spot, rest your head and our town will do the rest! 

Schedule of Events – All times subject to change without notice. Free ice skating and sledding all day long.  The Long Lake Fire Department will provide hot food, hot chocolate, popcorn and snacks.  This event happens snow, rain or shine.  All times subject to change without notice.

 

12pm Winter Carnival Kick off, Ice Sculptures Installation Begins, Registration opens and lunch served

12:15pm Snowmobile Parade – conditions permitting

12:30pm Coronation of Moonlighter’s King and Queen

12:45pm Wackiest Hat Competition

1:00pm  Cardboard Sled Races

1:45pm  Town Wide Photo & Kids Events throughout the afteroon

2:00pm  Human Foosball  – 7 people per team

3:00pm  Ladies Frying Pan Toss

3:45pm  Men’s Feats of Strength

4:30pm  Broomball – 5 people per team

6:30pm  Fireworks

The Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center, Geiger Arena is located at 6 Pavilion Way across from the Long Lake Post Office on Deerland Road, NYS Route 30 in Long Lake, NY.  This event is free.  Parking available in the lower parking lot, along South Hill Road, Owls Head Lane and at the Post Office after 12pm.  There will be free shuttle service running starting at 6pm until 2am to and from the event location and pickups throughout town.  Call 518-323-5001 for a ride.  Open to the public.   Snowmobiles welcome! 

Long Lake Winter Carnival 2017

On Saturday, January 14th at noon, the Long Lake Winter Carnival will be held at Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center in Long Lake, NY located at 6 Pavilion Way off of Deerland Road, NYS Route 30. Events begin with a bonfire, snowmobile parade, and coronation of the King and Queen. The popular Cardboard Sled Races start at 1pm. Prizes are awarded for speed and overall award for first place, Best In Show Decoration. Sleds can be made with cardboard, paint, wax and tape only. Categories are broken up by age group and teams. Other events throughout the day include a Wackiest Hat Contest, Town-Wide Photo, Men’s Feats of Strength, the Ladies Frying Pan Toss and fireworks at 6:30pm.

Long Lake, NY Winter Carnival is Fun for All Ages and it's FREE!

Long Lake, NY Winter Carnival is Fun for All Ages and it’s FREE!

New for 2017 will be the introduction of the Long Lake Snow Kayak Races. It’s a combination of sledding, snowboarding, speed-riding and kayaking. Participants must provide their own kayaks and paddles and will be required to wear helmets.

Snow Kayaking added to the Long Lake Winter Carnival!  Photo by: https://blueberriesandbeer.wordpress.com/2014/01/07/whitewinter-kayaking/

Snow Kayaking added to the Long Lake Winter Carnival! Photo by: https://blueberriesandbeer.wordpress.com/2014/01/07/whitewinter-kayaking/

Schedule of Events – All times subject to change without notice. Free ice skating and sledding all day long. The Long Lake Fire Department will provide hot food, hot chocolate, popcorn and snacks. This event happens snow, rain or shine.

12pm Winter Carnival Kick off and registration opens.
12:15pm Snowmobile Parade
12:30pm Coronation
12:45pm Wackiest Hat Competition
1:00pm Cardboard Sled Races
1:45pm Town Wide Photo
2:00pm Snow Kayaking – New Event!
2:00pm Goalie’s Day Off
2:30pm Kids Events
3:00pm Ladies Frying Pan Toss
3:45pm Men’s Feats of Strength
6:30pm Fireworks

The Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center, Geiger Arena is located at 6 Pavilion Way across from the Long Lake Post Office on Deerland Road, NYS Route 30 in Long Lake, NY. This event is free. Parking available in the lower parking lot, along South Hill Road, Owls Head Lane and at the Post Office after 12pm. There will be free shuttle service running starting at 6pm until 2am to and from the event location and pickups throughout town. Call 518-323-5001 for a ride. Open to the public. Snowmobiles welcome!

For more information about Long Lake, www.mylonglake.com or call 518-624-3077.

Who will be the King and Queen this year?

Fireworks at 6:30pm is a great way to end the day!

Fireworks at 6:30pm is a great way to end the day!

President Weekend Events in Raquette and Long

Liz Forsell shows off her catch Mike Norris Fishing Derby in Raquette Lake.  Fish for Trout and Landlocked Salmon on Lake Eaton Feb 13th

Liz Forsell shows off her catch Mike Norris Fishing Derby in Raquette Lake. Fish for Trout and Landlocked Salmon on Lake Eaton Feb 13th

The Long Lake Fish and Game Club will be hosting the Lake Eaton Ice Fishing Derby on Saturday, February 13th. Registration and Rules. Raquette Lake is gearing up for a Winter Carnival Weekend Feb 12th through 13th. The difference for this central Adirondack location is the lack of snow. But what we lack in snow turns out to be unusual ice conditions for these communitites. (just so you know we are keeping fingers crossed for more snow on Thursday)

For a FULL overview of all the latest happenings in both Long Lake and Raquette Lake, please check out our on-line calendar.

The Northern NY Vintage Snosled Racing Circuit will be on tap to host vintage snowmobile races Saturday, Feb 13th on Jennings Park Pond in Long Lake from Noon until 4pm. The race organizers had to come to Long Lake as we already have a pre-built, plowed track and racing was canceled in New Hampshire. The Long Lake Lions Club will charge admissions and the door split will help off-set the cost of insurance for participating racers.

Ladies Frying Pan Toss returns to Raquette Lake on Saturday, Feb 13th.  Need a room, call 518.624.3077 for info on lodging for Raquette Lake Winter Carnival

Ladies Frying Pan Toss returns to Raquette Lake on Saturday, Feb 13th. Need a room, call 518.624.3077 for info on lodging for Raquette Lake Winter Carnival

Raquette Lake Winter Carnival will be boasting a return of a classic event favorite from years past, with ice skating instruction with Michael Bartow, Saturday, Feb 13th at 12pm – 2pm. The lake is skateable. While the town used to plow a rink many many years ago, it hasn’t seen a skatable surface in a long time. Kat Forsell, Raquette Lake’s event coordinator is enthusiastic about re-introducing a fan favorite to the weekend.

As far as other lake conditions on Raquette Lake Suny Cortland reports, “The ice road is 9 inches thick and gaining. It has also snowed a bit, allowing some winter activities to resume. We had the cold and ice, but no snow to speak of.” So that’s good news. More snow would be nice.

Raquette Lake Winter Carnival Schedule, February 12th – 14th

Friday 2-12
Spaghetti dinner 5pm till gone $10 to benefit the Raquette Lake Ladies Aux all you can eat, Fire Hall

Saturday 2-13
11am kid’s activities
12pm Ladies Frying pan toss $$$ prizes
12-2 Kids ice skating with instructor Michael Bartow
2 pm Penelope the Clown in the Library
2pm Golf on the ice $$$ prizes
7pm Fireworks followed by tug-of-war

Sunday 2-14
9am-noon Pancake breakfast the Fire Hall to benefit the Raquette Lake Ladies Aux $10 all you can eat
Noon- cross cut and chain saw competition $$$prizes (bring own chainsaw)

For a FULL overview of all the latest happenings in both Long Lake and Raquette Lake, please check out our on-line calendar.

Winter Update on Long and Raquette Lake

On Tuesday Feb 9, 2016, the New York Times published an article titled “In Unfrozen Northern New York, Winter Isn’t the Same” . This winter season has brought forth a variety of fluctuating conditions to the Adirondacks resulting in inconsistent ice conditions and challenges for winter recreation.

Long Lake as seen on Monday, Feb 8th with a light coating of snow.

Long Lake as seen on Monday, Feb 8th with a light coating of snow.


Skating on the lake is not recommended which is why the Town of Long Lake boasts the Geiger Arena Rink located off Deerland Road at 6 Pavilion Way (across the street from the Post Office) The Geiger Rink is manned by fan favorite Bobby Helms, an avid ice fisherman and hockey player. He’s built the ice surface two or three times this winter and he anticiaptes old-man winter is finally here for good. Look for Adult Ice Hockey coming up on Thursdays. Call for conditions and hours 518.624-3031. Bobby will be open daily during President’s Week.

If you are seeking ice skating fun in Raquette Lake, look no further. Michael Bartow will be teaching ice skating at the Raquette Lake Winter Carnival starting at noon on February 13th near the site of the Raquette Lake Winter Carnival. Bring your own skates!

Long Lake is a widening in the Raquette River and there is strong current in and around inlets/outlets, brooks and under the bridge near the Long Lake beach. Stay away from brooks, streams, inlets/outlets, shorelines and dock bubblers.

Outlook for weekend looks cold.

Long Lake Winter Carnival Winners

The offical results from the Long Lake Winter Carnival are in. Happening on Saturday, January 16th, the light rain didn’t dissuade folks from coming out to see the crowning of the royalty. Steve and Shelley Gilbert have owned property in Long Lake for many years, cherishing their family vacation home in all seasons. Avid snowmobiliers, Steve and Shelley have been members of the Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club for years. When asked how they felt to be crowned the royalty, “We were delighted to be asked. What an honor, to be part of Long Lake History. We couldn’t be happier” When asked why they missed the town – wide photo, “we’re royalty now, we had to go home and take a nap,” said Shelley, but when pushed she admited, she and Steve stopped in at a local pub to greet their adoring fans. “We had a ball! Thank you so much Long Lake!”

Royalty 2016
King and Queen-Steve and Shelley Gilbert, of Hicksville and Long Lake, NY

King and Queen of the Long Lake Winter Carnival 2016 Steve & Shelley Gilbert

King and Queen of the Long Lake Winter Carnival 2016 Steve & Shelley Gilbert

Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit
1st Jeff Glick and Eric Smeland – 40 Points

12 and Under Individual Sled Race
1st -Matthew King
2nd- Harrison Hall
3rd- tied Annalise Penrose and Daphne Seaman -tie

12 and under Team Race
1st-Brendan, Evan and Marrissa Walker
2nd-Makenzi, Luke and Kaleb Keller
3rd-Pailin Hample and Antwon Gachowski

13-17 Team Sled Race
1st-Anna and Hannah Keller
2nd-Lillian Dechene, Karlee Rochstroh, Harry Katz and Ethan Kohn

18 and up Solo
1st-Sam Keller
2nd-Paul Roalsvig
3rd-Sheri Cook

18 & Up Team Race
1st-Leslie and Ed Walker
2nd-Matt Hay and Prudence Dechene
3rd- Cathy Hunt and Debbie Clemente, Sisters Corn

The Cardboard Sled Races are always a popular favorite. It took a little longer than anticipated to get the races organized because as Events Coordinator Steph Hample explained, “We had a lot of sleds and some accidentally signed up in the wrong categories and some registered at the last minute, so we had to redo the brackets at the top of the hill and my hands were cold!” But the races went off without a hitch. No injuries, no course corrections needed and only a few sleds blew around the backside of the safety hay bales. Course conditions started out with a slow hill, slowed down by the light rain, but as the racers took multiple heats, they figured out the best place to position themselves to make it down the hill expeditiously.

There were plenty of creative sleds in the race this year. Long Lake Camp for the Arts provided a space for construction engineers to forumlate designs, ideas and plans. Seven sleds emerged from the workshops including the crowd-wowing Millenium Falcon and the replica of the trail groomer the Pisten Bully Paana, used on the Long Lake Snowmobile Trails.

Best in Show
Millenium Falcon designed by Richard Dechene, Jim Waite
Pisten Bully Groomer by Jim Waite
John Deere Tractor Christopher Pritchet

Jim Waite and Richard Dechene crafted the Millenium Falcon.  Winner Best in Show!  The Force has AWOKEN in Long Lake

Jim Waite and Richard Dechene crafted the Millenium Falcon. Winner Best in Show! The Force has AWOKEN in Long Lake

Wackiest Hat
1st-Christine Hickey
2nd-Abbie Roalsvig
3rd-Clarisse Glandon

Co-ed Golf
1st- Chuck Frost, Bree Waite, Lillian Dechene, Richard Dechene
Goalie’s Day Off- Erik Arsenault

Laura Young lifts and hurls her frying pan down the course

Laura Young lifts and hurls her frying pan down the course

Shari LaPlant has claimed her spot at the podium back when the Frying Pan toss was first introduced to Long Lake.

Shari LaPlant has claimed her spot at the podium back when the Frying Pan toss was first introduced to Long Lake.

Ladies Frying Pan Toss
1st-Jess Plumley
2nd-Bree Waite
3rd-Kelly Brown

Men’s Feats of Strength
1st-Jed Locy 23 feet 7 inches
2nd-Richard Dechene 21 feet 2 inches
3rd-Bobby Helms 20 feet 9 inches

Broomball
1st-Team Ramrod, Austin Pierce, Trevor Montayne, Branden Tokarz, Andy Snide, Bobby Helms

Over $950 in cash prizes were distributed.

Special Thanks to
Michelle and Tom Donnelly, Bonfire
Jules Pierce and Hoss’s Country Corner for mini-golf clubs, popcorn bags and volunteering her time
Kelly Brown, Michelle Donnelly, Jules Pierce and Melanie Marcone as judges
Cliff Ross and Marty Pierce as line judges for Ladies Frying Pan Toss
Gabe Farr and NYSEG for Tug Of War
Dave and Vickie Snide for running the broomball tournament
The Long Lake Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary for excellent chili and hot dogs!
Long Lake Real Estate – Sponsor of Co-Ed Team Golf
Long Lake Diner/Owls Head Pub – Sponsors of One-Shot Hockey Prizes
Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club – Sponsors of Broomball Prizes
Town of Long Lake – Cardboard Sled Races, Ladies Frying Pan Toss, Feats of Strength
Jim Swedberg, Official Event Photographer – all photos posted on this blog page by Jim Swedberg
The Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit
American Fireworks

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Long Lake Winter Carnival Makes the News Circuit

The Long Lake Winter Carnival starts the season of winter festivals all across the Adirondacks.

The Cardboard Boxes ellicit a lot of interest! Join us with your own 3-D dynamic wonder! Get creative and show us what you’ve got!

New for this year includes the Men Feats of Strength, the return of Co-Ed Three Holf Golf and a Mini-Golf Course.

Mini Golf course made out of snow at the Long Lake NY Winter Carnival

Mini Golf course made out of snow at the Long Lake NY Winter Carnival

Listen to North Country Public Radio on Friday, January 15th during the 8:30am hour to hear more about our Cardboard Sled Races.

Hamilton County Express

Watertown Daily Times

Sun Community News

Here’s the schedule for Winter Carnival.

Schedule of Events, January 16, 2016
12pm Winter Carnival Kick off and registration opens.
12:15pm Snowmobile Parade
12:30pm Coronation
12:45pm Wackiest Hat Parade
1:00pm – Cardboard Sled Race & Adk Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit
1:00pm – 3:00pm – Three Hole Golf, Teams welcome
1:45pm – Town Wide Photo
2:00pm – Awards for Cardboard Sled Racing and Wackiest Hat Announced
2:00pm – Goalie’s Day Off
2:30pm – Kids Events
3:00pm – Ladies Frying Pan Toss
3:45pm – Men’s Feats of Strength Challenge – New for 2016!
4:30pm – Broomball Tournament – Teams of 5 sign up by 3pm.
6:30pm – Fireworks

For GPS Enter 1095 Deerland Road for location.

The event is held at Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center and Skating Rink. We have a sledding hill and free ice skating on our outdoor rink. It is located 6 Pavilion Way, Deerland Road, Long Lake, NY 12847 along NYS Route 30. For GPS use 1095 Deerland Road.

Rink Conditions call 518.624.3031.

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