The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Headquarters opened for the season on Sunday, Jan. 27 and will remain open until the last day of Carnival, Sunday, Feb. 10.
Located at 141 River St., the Headquarters offers information about the various events of the 10-day festival, which runs from Feb. 1 to 10. The Carnival kicks off Friday, Feb. 1 with the Coronation of Royalty at 7 p.m. in the Harrietstown Town Hall.
“If the Winter Carnival banner is outside, we are open,” said Headquarters Manager Kathy Merritt. “We are extremely grateful to John and Buffy Van Anden for once again letting the Winter Carnival Committee use the building next to Lakeview Deli for our Headquarters. We’re in a perfect location, across the street from the Ice Palace.”
Visitors and residents will find a variety of items for sale at the Headquarters, including Winter Carnival buttons from this year and previous years, fish hats, head boppers, ball caps, winter hats, postcards and long-sleeve shirts. Many of the items are decorated with the Winter Carnival logo. All proceeds go to the Winter Carnival Committee.
The hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the end of Carnival, and Headquarters will be open later Saturday, Feb. 2 during the lighting of the Ice Palace, which starts at 7 p.m.
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.