Winter Carnival’s icicle contest set for Sunday

SARANAC LAKE – Rumors of the great Tupperware harvest in Tupper Lake have been greatly exaggerated, but the great icicle harvest in Saranac Lake is no myth.

“We’re looking for the largest icicle in the region,” said Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee volunteer Jackie Foster, who coordinates the annual Spike of the Ice Icicle Contest. “And we’re excited to have Woltner Summit Contracting sponsor us again and offer the grand prize.”

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. 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. The final measurement will be the largest, intact piece of ice (broken pieces won’t be added in). There are two categories: over 18 and under 18 years old – and there are awards for first and second place in each category. The prize for first place in the over-18 category will be a Home Energy Audit (valued at $450), provided by Woltner Summit Contracting (for a residential home only. Not applicable to multiple dwellings or businesses).

Applications are available at the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival website,

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee Inc. is a not-for-profit group of volunteers dedicated to organizing an annual mid-winter festival during the first two weeks of February. This 10-day, communitywide event traces its roots to a one-day Carnival held in 1897 by the Pontiac Club. The Carnival honors its heritage every year by building an Ice Palace from blocks of ice harvested from Lake Flower’s Pontiac Bay, where Carnival events have been traditionally held for generations. For more information, visit the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival website at

The 2013 Carnival will take place Feb. 1-10.