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January 6, 2014

Celtic Carnival buttons signal Saranac Lake's mid-winter fete



Another old tradition is being pulled back into the fray as a new event in 2014, O’Neill said.

It requires an outdoor sporting course reclaimed from carnival’s past: Arctic Golf.

“I was looking through articles archived at the Saranac Lake Free Library,” O’Neill said of her search back in time.

“I went through each year-by-year description and kept seeing Arctic Golf mentioned. It stuck with me, and I was, like, you know what, if it was popular for so many years, we could bring it back.

I don’t know exactly how they used to do it or exactly what it was,” O’Neill said of her research.

“There was no description other than ‘Arctic Golf.’ We are envisioning it as a miniature golf course built in a horseshoe shape on the Petrova School soccer field.”

The snowy “golf course” will have obstacles and challenges for putters looking to get a taste of a summer sports favorite, sans sands traps.

There is also an Ultimate Frisbee tournament being organized on the snowy fields outside Saranac High School

Arctic Golf is slated for the first Winter Carnival weekend from noon to 4 p.m. on Feb. 2.

Carnival Ultimate is set for 1 p.m. Feb. 2.

The Gala Parade is set at 1 p.m. Sat. Feb. 8.


Winter Carnival staff is also redesigning the official website this year, updating it routinely with historic images, schedule additions and news announcements.

The new look gained an official new Winter Carnival logo that is now available on hats and other carnival apparel.

“We’re in the midst of a complete redesign of the website,” O’Neill said.

The website is online at and bills the historic winter festivities as “the most fun you’ll have all winter.”

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