Here’s some extra motivation to chop down that monstrous icicle growing off your roof.
At the Brant Lake Winter Carnival on Feb. 9, 2013, Garwood Custom Boats in Brant Lake races in the annual outhouse race on the lake at Jimbo’s Club. (Courtesy of Brandon Himoff)
New at this year’s Brant Lake Winter Carnival on Saturday is the “Longest Icicle Contest,” which will award icicle-like trophies in both adult and child categories for the contestants who tote the longest icicles to the frozen lake.
“It’s really a matter of transporting it there,” said Cindy Mead, co-chairperson for the winter carnival and secretary of the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance.
This is the third year volunteers with the Alliance, founded in 2011, have organized the one-day carnival that takes place on the snow-covered beach and frozen lake in front of Jimbo’s Club at the Point, which now includes a large sledding hill made of snow.
Mead said the carnival is growing in popularity and last year attracted about 600 people.
“It grew from the year before. We think it’s probably going to grow this year,” Mead said.
Carnival Co-chairperson Brandon Himoff, also a board member of the volunteer Alliance, said it was a hit from the start, attracting at least 400 people and offering a number if interactive events.
“It got a lot of interest even that first year. We had a tremendous crowd last year, especially during the outhouse race,” Himoff said.
A total of $1,100 in prize money is at stake for the outhouse races. There is a $25 entry fee, and the fastest team will take home $500. There’s also a $100 prize for “judges’ choice,” Mead said. Last year, there were nine entrants.
The prize money was raised by Loon Lake couple Randy and Patricia Berg in memory of their son, Davin Berg, who died at age 29 in 2009. Last year, they raised about $900 in memory of their son.
“If he was still alive he’d be the first one lined up with an outhouse. He’d do all sorts of things like that,” Randy Berg said.
The couple’s older son is competing this year, traveling from Dutchess County.
In addition to the cash, teams will win trophies that look like miniature wooden outhouses made by Jim McCluskey from McCluskey Hardware and Supply. For more information on outhouse specifications and sign-ups, visit www.trilakesalliance.com.
The race is at 4 p.m., but teams should be registered and have their outhouses on the ice by 1 p.m.
The carnival starts at 11 a.m. with snowshoe softball and continues through the day with several other events such as a frying pan toss and broom ball.
If you want to try your hand at curling, the Lake Placid Curling Club will be there, too.
Himoff said the frying pan toss, originally a women’s event, became so popular they added a men’s division this year.
Also new this year is the coronation of a “king and queen” that are chosen based on votes placed at local restaurants and the North Warren school that nominated a king and queen.
Each vote cast at the local establishments cost $1, and the couple that raises the most money through votes placed, up to Saturday morning, will be crowned at noon on the lake.
The town of Horicon awarded $4,000 in occupancy tax funds to the winter carnival to help pay for the fireworks display, scheduled for around 6 p.m., and marketing costs.
The Alliance is an informal group of business owners and community members who have started several successful events in the tri-lakes area of Brant Lake, Friends Lake and Loon Lake. Mead said they meet every other Friday, and she has more than 200 email addresses signed up for an email blast.
The Alliance is meant to complement other community organizations such as the North Warren Chamber of Commerce. Its other events include the Chestertown Farmers Market, Taste of the Tri-Lakes and Rum Runners Weekend.
“A bunch of businesses got together because there just wasn’t a lot going on. We got together and got a lot of community residents involved. Anyone can come to our meetings. We brainstorm and come up with these ideas,” Mead said.
Mead said the towns of Horicon and Chester have been supportive of the Alliance.
“All these businesses, we all work together. A lot of times restaurants will donate gift certificates. We’ve got contractors and they build stuff. There’s our sign painter. We all kind of chip in,” Mead said. “This is all the community members getting together.”
The Brant Lake Winter Carnival was given honorable mention in April in the Adirondack Park Local Government Day Conference’s 2014 Adirondack Park Excellence Award for Best Community Event.
The third Brant Lake Winter Carnival takes place Saturday on the ice in front of Jimbo’s:
* 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Snowshoe softball
* Noon — Coronation ceremony for king and queen
* 1 to 2 p.m. — Woman’s fry pan toss
* 2 to 3 p.m. — Broom ball tournaments
* 3 to 4 p.m. — Men’s fry pan toss
* 4 to 5 p.m. — Outhouse race
* 5 to 5:30 p.m. — Awards ceremony
* 6 p.m. — Fireworks display
Curling with the Lake Placid Curling Club, skating, sledding hill, ice bowling, vintage snowmobile display.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to sign up for any events.
This story originally appeared on Poststar.com