Saranac Lake, N.Y. – “Doonesbury” cartoonist Garry Trudeau has released his button design for the 2014 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival.

Using the Winter Carnival’s designated theme “Celtic Carnival,” Trudeau’s illustration shows “Doonesbury” character Duke playing the bagpipes.  Trudeau, who was raised in Saranac Lake, has been creating the Winter Carnival button design since 1981.  Learn more about “Doonesbury” at http://doonesbury.slate.com.

The Winter Carnival buttons will be for sale at merchants throughout the Village of Saranac Lake early next week.  The buttons cost $4 each.  A list of locations carrying the buttons will be announced soon.  The buttons will also be sold during Winter Carnival on Jan. 31 – Feb. 9 at its headquarters.

Winter Carnival buttons are one of the longest-running traditions at the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. The buttons are collected by residents and visitors every year and have a devoted following of those who enjoy capturing a piece of Winter Carnival history.

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.




PHOTO: 2014 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Button


Contact: Colleen O’Neill, (973) 280-9281, Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee, Publicity Chair or Eric Foster, (518) 369-0575, Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee, Chairman