First Meeting for 2020 is Tuesday, September 24
Theme for 2020 is 'Myths and Legends!'
The carnival is on January 31-February 9, 2020!

New Arctic Golf Build-an-Obstacle Contest

SARANAC LAKE – The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee announces the new Arctic Golf Build-an-Obstacle Contest to be held on February 6 between 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Prescott Park near the Lake Flower State Boat Launch on River Street.  Click here to see the contest advertisement.

The contest is intended for community organizations or businesses based within Saranac Lake however it is open to any group of at least three people to build a family-friendly miniature golf obstacle out of snow. Contestants will build the obstacle, test its functionality and complete it before 4:00 p.m. to be ready for the Arctic Golf event which is open to the public the following day. Prizes will be awarded for the three most creative obstacles with first place winning $100 and a Winter Carnival medal, and second and third places winning a Winter Carnival medal.

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival King and Queen will choose the winning obstacles on February 7 before the Arctic Golf event begins. Signs announcing the winners will be placed on the obstacles, as well as the name of each team who built an obstacle. The winners will also be announced on the Winter Carnival website and Facebook page, and in a local news press release.

The registration form for the contest is available on the carnival's website at Completed registration forms should be emailed to or mailed to the Winter Carnival Committee at P.O. Box 829, Saranac Lake, NY 12983, no later than January 23.

Arctic Golf is a non-competitive miniature golf event designed for all ages and is one of the carnival's most popular events. The event offers those that enjoy miniature golf with a rare opportunity to play the sport outdoors in winter. The course features creative obstacles made of snow and ice that are designed to pose a challenge for golfers. There is no cost to participate in Arctic Golf and it will be held on February 7 at 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at Prescott Park.

"It's such a fun event because anyone can play and I think that's part of what makes it so popular." said Colleen O'Neill, Winter Carnival Committee member and creator of Arctic Golf. "I thought this contest could be a way to make it even more fun by including the community in the construction of the course. It's a great opportunity to showcase the local talent in Saranac Lake and I'm excited to see the creativity that takes shape in the snow".

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