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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 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

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

Newsday Article

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

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

The Town of Long Lake can be found on Twitter,

Proof of Life!  The Long Lake Town Wide Photo!  Did you make it in the photo in 2016?

Proof of Life! The Long Lake Town Wide Photo! Did you make it in the photo in 2016?

For More Photos click on our Long Lake Facebook Page

Raquette Lake Winter Carnival to be held Saturday, February 16th.

Unlike any Winter Carnival you’ve ever attended, Raquette Lake boasts a sense of community and true Adirondack pride with this Winter themed traditional event.

Youth participate in Winter games such as snowshoe relay, goalies day off puck shot contest, snow dodgeball and a Winter Carnival first; an afternoon envelope making craft class held at the Raquette Lake Union Free School. Adults can have their turn at envelope making with a separate evening class. Stan Kolonko from The Ice Farm will be joining us back in Raquette Lake to construct an ice fire tower to be lit immediately following the Fireworks.

There’s plenty to do for kids and adults alike. Adults let loose and participate in the ice golf tournament, a Winter Carnival favorite! Ladies can take out some aggression with the annual famed Ladies Frying Pan toss. Ladies gather from miles around to send our custom griddle flying! But be sure to sign up fast, because only the first 50 ladies get a chance at the coveted title of Frying Pan Toss champion.

When the street lights come on we are bringing back an old Raquette Lake Winter Carnival tradition, tug of war battle in the street beside the Raquette Lake Library! Worried about the chill? Worry no more, we’ll have the bonfire blazing all day long and the Raquette Lake Library and Raquette Lake Tap Room are always warm and welcoming! For more information please contact Raquette Lake Parks and Recreation at 518-624-3077

2011 Year in Review Long Lake Style

What do you remember about 2011? Well already a day has gone by and I’m sure I missed something. So maybe you got to spend a lot of time in Long Lake this year, or maybe you kept in touch via updates and twitter and your friends and relatives. Maybe you drove down Route 30/28N and decided to spontaneously stay for the night and found a Barber Shop Quartet singing on the beach or Martin Sexton signing autographs. Long Lake is small, but makes the most of the seasons and even though we’re off the beaten path and not right off the railroad tracks or the Northway, we still have our fingers on the pulse (from a quiet distance)

The video is a timeline with both events in and around Long Lake and Raquette Lake interspersed with some images of notable news figures of the past year. Trivia is so popular an event, one of the upcoming questions may revolve around some of the images in this piece – so watch carefully.

What did we miss? I know you’ll be sure to tell me.

See you in 2012. Enjoy the show. Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club Winter Carnival is coming up on January 14, 2012.. THINK SNOW!

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Moonlighter’s Winter Carnival Smashing Success

King Cliff and Queen Shawnee

King and Queen Officiate the Opening Ceremony

On January 16, 2010, over 400 spectators were dazzled by the Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Clubs 9th Annual  Winter Carnival held at Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center in Long Lake.  Families hailed from as far as Cranford, New Jersey,  Paramus, New Jersey, Hyde Park, NY, Saratoga, Syracuse, Clifton Park, Plattsburgh and Buffalo. 

 The day started at 1:00pm with the coronation of the King and Queen of Winter Carnival Cliff and Shawnee Ross of Long Lake NY.  Cliff and Shawnee have been Moonlighters for over twenty three years.  Cliff is an active volunteer fire fighter for Long Lake and is very pro-active with the Moonlighter’s Snowmobile club and is passionate about keeping the sledding trails in good condition.  As an employee for the New York State DOT, Cliff plows our roads clear of snow and ice.   Shawnee Ross works for the Warren County School district, she is a member of the Long Lake Ladies Auxiliary working tirelessly to support the firefighters and fundraising for the Fire Department Building Fund.  Shawnee is often found teaching “Stampin’ Up” workshops  in Long Lake and sells her cards and stationary at local craft shows.   Cliff and Shawnee have five grown children. 

 The days competitive events included the Cardboard Box Derby, twenty one teams entered the competition. 

Winners of Mini Kids Race

Karlee Rock & Matthew King

 Volunteer judges for the Cardboard Box Races were Sandy Burch, Colleen Smith and Christine Blumberg. 

Ried's Rocket

The other events during the day included One Shot Basketball, Fire Equipment Relay Race, the Men’s Golf Drive, Dodgeball, Kid’s Balloon Chase, Goalie’s Day Off Puck Shot and the Broom Ball tournament where teams of five competed for five minutes each in a very physically grueling match up with over eight teams participating.

Ben Black tries his hand at One Shot Basketball

Kelly Brown Tosses the Frying Pan

 The Ladies Frying Pan Toss is always a very competitive event and the build up this year was no exception with over 45 Competitors vying for the coveted first prize of $75.00.  Volunteer Mike Rivette of MDRM Industries instructed novices on the in’s and out’s of the throwing procedure and ensured no one stepped over the foul line.  The winners:

 1st Place Nicole Andrews from Long Lake, NY, 2nd Place Hillarie Dechene from Long Lake, NY, 3rd Place Kitsy Rockstroh from Clifton Park, NY

Winners of the Frying Pan Toss

 Long Lake Diner/Owls Head Pub Owners and active Moonlighters, Paula and Jim Piraino were instrumental in staging the day of competitive events and encouraging participation from organizations and businesses in town to contribute and volunteer their time. 

 Sponsors of the Competitive Events for Cash Prizes were:

 The Moonlighters Snowmobile Club, The Town of Long Lake, The Long Lake Diner, the Long Lake Real Estate

 The local businesses that helped offset the cost of the  organizing , planning and execution of the event included:

 The Long Lake Diner, The Town of Long Lake, Long Lake Central School, Long Lake Fire Department, Moonlighters Snowmobile Club, Wallace Contracting, Hoss’s Country Corner, The Cellar, Stewarts, and Quackenbush’s Long View Wilderness Lodge

 The finale of the day was a spectacular fireworks show at 6:30 that blazed and jazzed the  crowd. 

 The Fire Department served hot chili, homemade soup and hot dogs throughout the day and raised money for the Building Fund with a 50/50 raffle won by Donna Clark.

 The Town of Long Lake’s Little Bus operated from 3pm to 9pm to get people back and forth to the event and to enjoy the fireworks show.  Approximately 75 riders took advantage of the service throughout the day. 

 Winners Children 12 and under Racing

 1st place Karlee Rockstroh and Matthew King  of Clifton Park

2nd Place Lillian Dechene and Eve Tobey of Long Lake, NY

3rd Place Luke Rider and Calvin Seaman of Long Lake, NY

 Ages 13 – 17

 1st Place Emily Noonan, Melissa Labonte, Brad Stofa and Joe LaBonte from Hyde Park, NY

2nd Place Jazmin Piraino and Monica Rivette from Long Lake NY

3rd Place Shaneka Burch of Long Lake


 1st Place – Cate Hunt & Vickie Sandiford known as “Sista’s Corn”

2nd Place – Jim Waite of  Long Lake, NY

3rd Place – The “Bobby Ginge Crew” of Tupper Lake and Long Lake, NY

 For Best Decorated

 1st Place designed by Bill Blumhagen and crew “G – Force” Rocket

2nd Place designed by Eve Tobey & Lillian Dechene

3rd Place Ried’s Rocket designed by Jim Waite

 Please check # regularly for events and information throughout the year.

Ladies Frying Pan Toss Rules

Ladies Only Event slated for 3:30pm Sat. Jan 16.  All times are approximate, please be patient.

This Looks Nothing Like the Frying Pan We Use

Pan will be provided, no practicing prior to event, except in your own backyard!  Everyone throws the same pan. 

No food allowed on the pan.

No special resin allowed on hands before tossing. 

Throw underhand.

Decapitation of any spectator is grounds for disqualification.   

Winner is selected based on distance after the pan comes to a complete stop.  Where the pan hits the ground has no bearing on the final decision of the judges.   Distance after complete stop is the measurement used.   

Competitors must register by signing in on clipboard marked
Ladies Frying Pan Toss.  

You may only throw once and no one can throw for you.

You must be 18 or older to compete in this event. 

Steroid use will not be tolerated.

Judges decisions will be final.

Costumes are encouraged, but have nothing to do with the actual rules of the event.

All rules can be changed day of event as can the schedule of all events.

Winter Carnival on Saturday, Jan 16th

Winter Carnival in Long Lake kicks off on Saturday, Jan 16th at Mt. Sabattis.  Sponsored by the Moonlighter’s and the Town of Long Lake.  Rules for Cardboard Box Derby are at the bottom of the schedule.

All Scheduled Events are subject to change!

Bring your Christmas Tree for the Ceremonial Bonfire.

1:00pm- King and Queen Coronation

1:30pm- Cardboard Box Sled Races & Cardboard Box Sled Design Contest – CASH PRIZES

Bonfire Lighting

2:00pm- One-Time Half-Court Basketball Shot Contest

2:30pm- Fire Department Equipment Relay Race

3:00pm- Adult Golf                                                Kid’s Dodgeball-AGES 10 & UP

3:30pm- Women’s Fry Pan Toss                        Kid’s Balloon Chase

4:00pm- Goalie’s Day Off Puck Shot

5:00pm- Broom Ball Tournament-Teams of 5 Ages 12 & up

6:30pm- Fireworks

 Food will be served during the afternoon by the Long Lake Volunteer Fire Department

Rules for Cardboard Box Derby are as follows:

Sled Design Rules
Sled materials: cardboard, tape, paint and wax. – No hardware is permitted (wood, plastic, metal).

Evidence of any “illegal materials” will lead to immediate ridicule.

You may decorate your sled with paint, pictures, flags, etc. Feel free to wear costumes.

Costumes are allowed and are greatly encouraged.

Judging Criteria
The sleds will be judged in two categories: artistic and construction.
The combined scores will be added for an overall score. Please note: costumes may be considered towards the score.
Can’t wait to see you in Long Lake!

Winter Carnival


Winter Carnival slated for January 16, 2010.  Long Lake is where it is at for Winter Fun!  Edited by Victoria Sandiford.

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