Let it Snow – Winter Carnival Weekend 2011

Long Lake celebrates winter in style the weekend of January 15th and 16th 2011 with the 10th Annual (or maybe 11th, the bean counters are checking) Winter Carnival on Saturday and the Vintage Snosled Races on Sunday, January 17th.

This year winter carnival kicks off at Noon with a celebratory Snowmobile Parade.  The idea emerged after last years winter carnival where the ideas flew from installing a chairlift to the top of Mt. Sabattis, inviting clowns, hiring a band, renting a tent and having a radio station broadcast live from the mountain.  Among the ideas included the concept of a snowmobile parade.

Starting at Noon snowmobiles will gather at the top of Mt. Sabattis in the parking lot of the Pavilion.  Participants will proceed in formation down the hill in a single line showcasing their sleds.  Once all the sleds and riders have gathered the Moonlighter’s will regale the crowd with the traditional  coronation of the King and the Queen of Winter Carnival.

Events including the popular Cardboard Sled Box Race, Golf, One-Shot Basketball, the Ladies Frying Pan Toss, Goalie’s Day Off and Broom Ball round out the day followed by a fantastical display of fireworks.  Warm your hands by the bonfire.  As nightfalls check out the illuminated human size snow sculptures around Mt. Sabattis, the Ball Field and the area by the Long Lake Town Beach featuring images of local Long Lake lore and celebrating winter.

The Little Bus will be shuttling residents and visitors around town starting at 6pm from the Geiger Arena Parking Lot to anywhere within Long Lake until 11pm.  Make your reservations, take your family out and have a great time.    We’re hoping visitors take in the nightlife at the Long Lake Diner, The Cellar or The Adirondack Hotel and we’re all about promoting safety, so please call if you need a ride.  Make calls to the Geiger Arena until 10pm.  After that the bus will shuttle around to area businesses to collect riders until 11pm.  Geiger Arena phone is 518.624.3031

Sunday boasts the Vintage Snosled Races at Jennings Park Pond.  Registration starts at 11am and the races commence at noon.  Check out local riders hitting the track.  Admission is $10 to benefit a local Long Lake Charity.

Special thanks to the Moonlighters, The Long Lake Lions Club and Jim and Paula Piraino for being instrumental in continuing to make this weekend one for the record books.  Think SNOW!