Raquette Lake Winter Carnival Feb 13-15th

The Raquette Lake Winter Carnival happens February 13th – 15th. A age old tradition that brings generations of families together. Fun games, warm up in the Raquette Lake Library with cookies and hot chocolate. Tug o War – bonfire.

2015 59th Raquette Lake Winter Carnival Schedule

Friday, Feb 13th – 5pm, All you Can Eat Pasta Dinner, $10, RL Fire House by the RL Ladies Softball Team

Saturday, Feb 14th
11am Kids Games near the Library, Library open for warmth. Please drop off cookies!

12pm – Ladies Frying Pan Toss, RL Village

1pm – Snowshoe Trek, Great Camp Sagamore

2pm – Ice Golf, register at the library

2pm – Bob Shelley, Magician, RL Library

7pm – Tug-O War, Fireworks, Bonfire (started earlier if its cold!)

Sunday, Feb 15th
9am – 12pm RL Ladies Auxiliary, $7 all you can eat Pancake Breakfast, RL Fire Hall

12pm – Cross-cut & Chainsaw Competition, Timed Men’s, Women’s & Mixed Divisions

Raquette Lake Winter Carnival now in its 59th year

Raquette Lake Winter Carnival now in its 59th year

A Walk Down Raquette Lake Carnival Memory Lane



Actually I was looking through the Long Lake Parks and Recreation historical filing cabinet and it was filled with fun facts and tidbits about carnivals from yester-year.

One such event happened in February of 1989, there was the Wacky-Tacky Quadathalon found described in an I Love NY Winter in Hamilton County Brochure. So the Wacky-Tacky Quadathon was a long race. Participants started in Long Lake on Snow-shoes to the shore of Raquette Lake where a Hovercraft met them and contestants floated on a cushion of air to the Raquette Lake Village. The next leg folks zipped onto snowmobiles to travel part way down Uncas road and finished of the race on cross-country skis to the finish line in Inlet. Participants had to paricipate in feats between legs of the journey. If anyone knows anyone that may have participated in this Wacky-Tacky Quadathalon, please let us know! email info or pictures to longlakeinfo@yahoo.com Thanks!

Also in the dusty files, I found a clipping from the Hamilton County News from Tuesday, Feb 27th 1990 written by Mari Wilson. So after getting out the handy dandy caluclator determination was made that he Carnival started in 1956 (fun facts – As The World Turns premiered on CBS in 1956, Dick Clark took over American Bandstand, Liquid Paper was inventedand the Great Pretender by the Platters was the number one song from Feb 18th – March 2nd) that said RL was in it’s 34th year, so that makes this years th 59th Anniversary!

The Carnival has evolved over the years, from a volunteer driven event to now an event spear-headed by Raquette Lakes Winter Events Coordinator, Kat Forsell. In 1990 Joanna Darling helped coordinated much of the carnival and Rachel Pohl, then age 11, was interviewed by phone and she emphasized that the carnival was still on inspite of the foul weather outlook. In 1990 Don Hicks, Lou Burke and Warren Reynolds prepped meals at the RL Firehouse. One of the events of yesteryear (which we no longer have probably due to ….. insurance? Fear of injury?) was the ice-auger races. Blocks of ice were assigned to participants and with peaveys – wooden levers with metal point and hinged hook (used to handle logs) and the ice was moved along to the finish line. In 1990 the King and queen were Nicholas Meade, Glens Falls and Allison Jones, Balwinsville.

A float entitled “Sesame Street,” created by Liz Forsell, Cheryl and Charlie Morales-Freese adn George McCane took first prize.

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