Congratulations to Merle Smith of Saranac Lake for being the winner of the 2021 Winter Carnival Poster signed by Gary Trudeau!
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2016 Winter Carnival Queen

Kathy Ford
2016 Queen Feature Photo
photo by Mark Kurtz

Our 2016 Winter Carnival Queen was born and raised in Albany, NY.  She is the oldest of 5 girls.

Graduate of the Kenwood Academy of the Sacred Heart.

Graduated from Skidmore College with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts.

Her love for the Adirondacks began as a child with vacations on Lake George.  She moved to Saranac Lake in the 70’s, her first job was a waitress at the Mirror Lake Inn. 

She has been very active with different organizations and activities such as:

  •  She has been Co-Coordinator of the Adirondack Medical Center Auxiliary’s  Antique Show and Sale.
  •  Designed invitations and volunteer for several Hospital Gala benefits.
  •  Coach for Saranac Lake Youth Soccer.
  • Past member of Woman’s College Scholarship Club – Serving as Secretary for 2 years.
  •  Volunteered for more than 6 years with numerous Community Theater Players and Town Hall Players Productions, including painting scenic backdrops and designing posters and programs, especially for Children’s programs.
  •  Served on the Getaway Youth Center Board for 2 years.
  •  Served on Pendragon Therre Board for 15 years, including 2 as President.  Donated substantial graphic design services to Pendragon Theatre over the years.
  •  A founding member of the Petrova PTA.
  • Served as First Co-President of the Petrova PTA.
  •  Volunteered for many School productions and Art Shows.
  •  Volunteered for Saranac Lake Pee Wee hockey Association.  , Served as recording Secretary and registrar.
  • Served on Board of the Saranac Lake Young Arts Association, as Secretary and public Relations Coordinator.
  • Has served over 15 years with Lake Placid Center for the Arts, currently on the Board of Trustees.
  • Co Choreographer for several Saranac Lake High School musicals.
  • Volunteers for Farm2 Fork Festival.
  • Saranac Lake Village Improvement Society member and volunteer.
  • Steering committee member and volunteer for Hobo Fest.
  • Involved in Saranac lake Winter Carnival in many capacities, including the design of the current Winter Carnival Logo.
  • Served as Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Chamberlain in 2002.
  • Named Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 2015.

She is famous for her Holiday scenes painted on the picture window of her home.

She is currently employed with Ad Workshop in Lake Placid as Sr. Creative Designer and Production Manager.

She is the Daughter of Ed and Grace

Wife to Lonnie.

Mother to Devin and Kyle, as well as, Mother-in- Law to Jamie.


2016 Royalty Court
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Casella Waste Systems Inc.
North Country Community College
Hotel Saranac
Adirondack Bank
Taylor Rental
American Management Association
Can-Am Rugby Tournament
Tops Friendly Markets
Adirondack Health
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Recent Info/News
2021 Carnival Theme is 'Mask-erade'
2020-09-15 - Members of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee, and members of the public who attended the committee meeting on September 15, have chosen ‘Mask-erade' as the theme for the 2021 Carnival.
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