The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee has chosen local real estate professional Chris Covert as its 2013 grand marshal for the Feb. 9 Gala Parade.
“We chose Chris because of his endless supply of energy for community projects and events and for his longtime support of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival,” said Winter Carnival Committee Chairman Jeff Dickson. “We look forward to having him be our grand marshal.”
Covert was born in Oakland, Calif. when his father was in the U.S. Navy. He grew up in Clinton, N.Y. and would often vacation and explore in the Adirondack Park. Covert spent his first weekend in Saranac Lake in the summer of 1978 at campsite 17 on Lower Saranac Lake and took up residency here in 1986. He is a charter member of the Kiwanis Club of Saranac Lake and was a founding member and choreographer of the Kiwanis Precision Marching Lawnmower Drill Team, which participated in many Winter Carnival parades throughout the 1990s. Covert is the proud father of hockey-playing Alexandra, a 2011 graduate of the Saranac Lake High School. He is the broker, owner and founder of Guide Boat Realty, LLC on River Street.
“Saranac Lake’s unique combination of health, history and the arts make it the best place to live in the Adirondacks,” Covert said.
Covert served as co-chair and sponsor of the Willard Hanmer Guideboat Races from 2002-2012; has served in the Board of Directors of the Saranac Lake Kiwanis Club since 1992 and on its scholarship committee since 1995; and served on the Board of Directors of the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce from 2000 to 2010. He has served on the Franklin County Empire Zone Advisory Board and currently serves on the AEDC loan committee. Covert was also chairperson of the 2009 NYSAHA Tier II Girls U-16 Hockey Tournament and has served on or presided over numerous real estate-related professional organizations. And with all that, he has been a consistent, generous and long-term supporter of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival.
The public is invited to meet Covert at the Grand Marshal Reception starting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5 at the Elks Club, Bloomingdale Avenue, which is free and open to the public. The reception will be followed at 6:30 p.m. by the Royalty Dinner. The cost is $30. Make reservations by Feb. 1 by calling 891-4367.
Parade applications are still being accepted and are available online at www.saranaclakewintercarnival.com/forms-and-publications.
The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee, Inc. is a not-for-profit group of volunteers dedicated to organizing an annual mid-winter festival during the first two weeks of February. This 10-day, communitywide event traces its roots to a one-day Carnival held in 1897 by the Pontiac Club. The Carnival honors its heritage every year by building an Ice Palace from blocks of ice harvested from Lake Flower’s Pontiac Bay, where Carnival events have been traditionally held for generations. For more information, visit the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival web site at www.saranaclakewintercarnival.com. The 2013 Carnival will take place Feb. 1-10.