SARANAC LAKE – The Arctic Golf Build-an-Obstacle Contest was held on February 6 and challenged contestants to build miniature golf obstacles out of snow for the Arctic Golf event which was held the following day.
This year's challenging weather with warm temperatures and lack of snow provided an obstacle in itself for contestants. Thanks to the generosity of the Olympic Regional Development Authority in Lake Placid for donating snow from their skating rinks, and to Trudeau Sand and Gravel of Saranac Lake for transporting the snow to the event, we were able to have the contest and the Arctic Golf event the following day. Contestants were still faced with another challenge though, because the warm temperatures were followed by cold temperatures, the snow froze into large chunks and had an icy consistency. It was very hard to manage and mold the snow, but these community teams worked together to make the best of the situation and used their creativity to build obstacles for the public to enjoy.
The three most creative obstacles, out of nine in total, were chosen by the Winter Carnival King Brendan Keough and Queen Kathy Ford and their accompanying royalty. The first prize award of $100 and a Winter Carnival medal went to the Lake Placid Curling Club who created a curling inspired obstacle. The second prize award of a Winter Carnival medal went to North Country School who created a large dragon. The third prize award of a Winter Carnival medal went to Nori's Village Market who created a colorful fruit basket with frozen objects.
Other contestants included Adirondack Research, Paul Smith's College, Rotary Club of Saranac Lake and St. Joseph's Addiction Treatment and Recovery Center.
The public is welcome to view the contestants' obstacles at Prescott Park near the Lake Flower State Boat Launch on River Street.