adirondacks-logo-new.jpgFebruary is Carnival Month in New York's Adirondack Region Adirondack Region, N.Y. - On January 31, the Adirondack Region's winter festival season kicks off with the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, a 10-day extravaganza of outdoor adventure, fireworks, sporting competitions and parades, complete with a royal court and one-of-a-kind ice palace. The oldest and most renowned winter celebration in the Adirondacks, 2014 will mark the 117th anniversary of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival with the theme of "Celtic Carnival." For over a century, volunteers have carefully monitored the conditions in Lake Flower's Pontiac Bay before harvesting ice blocks to construct the massive ice palace, ladies have been practicing their balance and delivery for the Ladies' Fry Pan Toss competition, and generations of visitors have been lining the sidewalks of downtown Saranac Lake to watch the Gala Parade. Join in this New York winter festival 117 years in the making, and visit www.SaranacLakeWinterCarnival.com's complete schedule of events, information about everything from the curling exhibition, to the woodsmen's competitions, and how to sign up for snowshoe and ski races, or join in the "Great Celtic Treasure Quest" scavenger hunt. Winter Festivals in the ADKs Continue Through February In the southern Adirondacks, the month-long Lake George Winter Carnival kicks off February 1 with family-friendly entertainment, competitions, food vendors and a variety of outdoor activities every weekend. Events include an ice diving competition, bonfires on the beach, the highly anticipated Outhouse Races, a giant snow slide and fireworks every Saturday. Throughout the Adirondacks, communities gather to shake off the winter blues and cabin fever with outdoor festivals including:
  • Raquette Lake Winter Carnival, February 15 & 16, in Raquette Lake. Enjoy two days of winter activities, including a youth snowshoe relay, snow dodgeball, tug-o-war, ice golf and a ladies' fry pan toss.
  • Frozen Fire & Lights Festival, February 22, in Inlet's Arrowhead Park will feature a day of family fun. Enjoy free sledding, ice skating, snowshoeing and cross country skiing in Fern Park, the Cardboard Sled Race, bonfire and fireworks, as well as wine and chocolate samplings.
  • River Shiver and Polar Bear Plunge is scheduled for February 15-23 in Ogdensburg. The festival features an ice-fishing tournament, hockey and broom ball, a historical reenactment of the Battle of Ogdensburg and a dip in the St. Lawrence River for those who want to brave its frigid waters.
As the shortest month of the year comes to a close, maple sugar season begins across the Adirondacks with New York State Maple weekends, sugar house tours and more. For more information about winter festivals, or to get a head start on the maple sugaring season, go to: visitadirondacks.com. About the Adirondacks: The Adirondack Region is a six-million-acre park offering limitless recreation amid 2,000 miles of hiking trails and 3,000 lakes and ponds. Part of the largest temperate forest in the world, the Adirondacks are also home to 103 towns and villages. Connect with the Adirondacks online at Facebook.com/visitadirondacks or Twitter.com/visitadks, and search Adirondack events, attractions and Adirondack vacation packages at VisitAdirondacks.com. 

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