Winter Carnival to host Arctic Golf, icicle contest

Spike of Ice Icicle Contest
photo by Andy Flynn

for immediate release: Jan. 24, 2014

Winter Carnival introduces new event, continues tradition of quirky events

SARANAC LAKE – The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee has introduced a new event called Arctic Golf. The event will be held on Sunday, Feb. 2 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Village Park next to the State Boat Launch on River Street, which is nearby the Ice Palace.

Arctic Golf is a non-competitive miniature golf event designed for all ages. The course will feature creative obstacles made of snow and ice designed to pose a challenge for golfers. The event will offer those that enjoy miniature golf with a rare opportunity to play the sport in winter. There is no fee or registration required for the event.

Blue Line Brewery is the official sponsor for the Arctic Golf event. Saranac Inn Golf and Country Club in Saranac Lake and Craig Wood Golf Club in Lake Placid are supporting the event by providing golf clubs and golf balls.

"My goal was to create a fun event that people have never experienced before, and one that they will remember. This is certainly not a typical golf event by any means, it definitely fits into the quirky category and will be a lot of fun," said Colleen O'Neill, Winter Carnival committee member.

Arctic Golf adds to the many non-traditional events that carnival participants look forward to each year. The Winter Carnival holds traditional winter sporting events as well, but may be most fondly remembered for the non-traditional events which are deemed quirky.

Another quirky event is the Spike of Ice Icicle Contest in which contestants transport naturally formed icicles to compete for the longest intact icicle. The event will be held on Feb. 2 behind the Ice Palace. Registration begins at 2:30 p.m. and judging takes place at 3 p.m. and includes a child and adult division.

The contest is sponsored by Woltner Summit Contracting and a home energy audit will be awarded to the longest residential icicle. Additional medals will also be awarded for first and second longest icicles in other categories.

These fun events are just a few of many taking place throughout the 10-day winter carnival which has a history of providing winter entertainment since 1897. For more information about the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, visit their website at

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 The 2014 Winter Carnival will take place Jan. 31 - Feb. 9.

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