Winter Carnival Button Set on Sale

Winter Carnival Committee selling full set of Trudeau buttons on eBay

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee Friday, Jan. 10 listed a full set of Garry Trudeau-designed Winter Carnival buttons on the eBay auction website to raise money for the annual event.

The highly collectible set includes all buttons from 1981 to 2014, plus a bonus button from 1980 that Trudeau did not design. The award-winning author of the “Doonesbury” cartoon, Trudeau was raised in Saranac Lake.

The starting bid for this set is $750. The sale includes a signed certificate from Garry Trudeau on Doonesbury letterhead (dated Jan. 20, 2013) that states: “With appreciation for your support of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival.” Most of the set is in excellent condition; however, there are a few stains on the 1983 button, which is the rarest of all the buttons.

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Buttons for Sale

The listing can be viewed online at http://www.ebay.com/ and is titled “Saranac Lake Winter Carnival full Garry Trudeau button set.” This auction ends on Jan. 17. The direct link is http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=221351939328. All proceeds go to the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee.

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee, formally known as the Society for Promotion of Winter Carnival, Saranac Lake, Inc., is a group of volunteers dedicated to organizing an annual mid-winter festival.  This 10-day, communitywide 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.