Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Seeks King and Queen Nominations

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee opens public nominations for the 2014 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival king and queen. Coleen O’Neil is winter carnival publicity chair..  She says The king and queen selection is based upon volunteerism within the community.. and she says,  past kings and queens will gather at an assembly to select the new king and queen from those nominiations..  The assembly will be looking for a long-term and broad-based commitment to making life more livable, pleasant, and enjoyable – both for the people who live here and for those who visit.  The volunteer activities can be organized or completely self-motivated.  They can be as diverse as organizing a major community event or as seemingly minor as shoveling a neighbor’s sidewalk.  The decision is made on January 17th so all nominations must be in before then..

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The nominating materials are presented to the assembly exactly as they are received from the community.  There is no pre-screening or editing that could influence the outcome.  The assembled kings and queens are given a period of time to review the materials and then are called upon to vote.  Final selection is by secret ballot.

Each nomination should be submitted separately and must include the candidate’s volunteer services history.  It is very important that the nominations are signed by the person submitting them.  Nominations must be received no later than Thursday, Jan. 16.  Send them to the Winter Carnival Committee, Attention: King/Queen Nomination, P.O. Box 829, Saranac Lake, NY 12983.  They can also be dropped off at the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, 54 Broadway, or the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Office, 193 River St.  No electronic nominations (email) will be accepted.  If you have questions about the nominations, please contact Barb Martin at (518) 891-2382.

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee, Inc. is a group of volunteers dedicated to organizing an annual mid-winter festival.  This 10-day, community wide event traces its roots to a one-day Winter 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 website at www.saranaclakewintercarnival.com.  The 2014 Winter Carnival will take place Jan. 31 – Feb. 9.

2013 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival.

2013 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival King Lee Foster and Queen Cherie Racette ride atop the royalty float during the Gala Parade.

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