SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is just around the corner.
The Winter Carnival Headquarters has opened for the season and will remain open until the last day of the event, Sunday, Feb. 10.
Located at 141 River St., the headquarters offers information about the 10-day festival, which runs from Feb. 1 to 10.
A mixer will be held Thursday night, and then the carnival kicks off officially on Friday, with the Coronation of Royalty at 7 p.m. in Harrietstown Town Hall.
“If the Winter Carnival banner is outside, we are open,” Headquarters Manager Kathy Merritt said in a news release.
“We are extremely grateful to John and Buffy Van Anden for once again letting the Winter Carnival Committee use the building next to Lakeview Deli for our headquarters. We’re in a perfect location, across the street from the Ice Palace.”
Visitors and residents will find a variety of items for sale at the headquarters, including Winter Carnival buttons from this year and previous years, fish hats, head boppers, ball caps, winter hats, postcards and long-sleeve shirts. Many of the items are decorated with the Winter Carnival logo. All proceeds go to the Winter Carnival Committee.
The hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the end of carnival, and headquarters will be open later Saturday, Feb. 2, during the lighting of the Ice Palace, which starts at 7 p.m.
The Winter Carnival’s annual Spike of Ice Icicle Contest will be held behind the Ice Palace Sunday, Feb. 3, beginning at 2:30 p.m.
“We’re looking for the largest icicle in the region,” said Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee volunteer Jackie Foster, who coordinates the contest. “And we’re excited to have Woltner Summit Contracting sponsor us again and offer the grand prize.”
Icicles must be transported to the judging site. Judging will take place at 3:30 pm. Icicles must be naturally formed without any internal form of support.