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January 21, 2013

A call to winter pitching arms

SARANAC LAKE — A snowball challenge is on in the self-titled “capital” of the Adirondacks.

Village of Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau issued a call to pitching arms for the new Snow Ball Toss Tournament call as the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival approaches.

Snowballs will be thrown at an on-ground snow target in Riverside Park, with competitors taking aim at a mud-bucket some 60 feet in the center of a bull’s-eye; no forts are required.

“The event will feature a single-elimination tournament of two-person, co-ed teams,” the mayor said of the challenge set in three categories: Open Division for ages 18 and older, the Youth Division for ages 14 through 17 and the Government Division for local municipal and college employees.

“We’ll also be challenging the neighboring village boards and asking them to send some teams, which should add a little drama to the afternoon,” Rabideau said in a press release.

“Teams play to 21 in a format similar to horseshoes. Winning teams advance within their division bracket until an overall champion is determined.”

The Snowball Challenge is free, but any donations given will go to Hospice of the North Country. 

And medals will be given to the finalists in each division and to the grand champion of the Open vs. Government competition. 

The new Winter Carnival event is scheduled for 1 p.m. Feb. 3 in the park across from Little Italy in downtown Saranac Lake. 

That is in the first weekend of Saranac Lake’s Winter Carnival, which runs this year from Feb. 1 through 10, and coincides with the Empire State Winter Games based in Lake Placid and surrounding towns from Feb. 7 through 10.

The Winter Carnival theme this year is “Under the Sea,” and an oceanic series of adventures is planned throughout the frozen Adirondack village.

Applications for the Gala Parade on Feb. 9 are now posted online, along with a schedule of events for the 10-day celebration, at saranaclakewinter

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