Winter Carnival seeks volunteers

SARANAC LAKE – Members of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee are looking for more volunteers to help them plan and facilitate the next 10-day festival, set for Jan. 31 to Feb. 9, 2014.

In the meantime, the committee’s website team is busy coordinating the redesign of the Winter Carnival website, In late September, Winter Carnival Committee Chairman Eric Foster signed a contract with Adworkshop in Lake Placid to complete the redesign. The new website will include online registration forms for events, a photo gallery, a media center and many more features. It will be a responsive and adaptive design so it can be viewed easily on multiple devices and screen sizes.

“We are very excited to be able to provide the community with a new, easy-to-follow website where they can get the latest updates, event details, and background information on Winter Carnival – all on their computer, tablet or smartphone,” Foster said.

In the meantime, the Winter Carnival Committee is seeking new volunteers to help with the 2014 event. There are plenty of areas people can help, and volunteers are encouraged to stop by the next committee meeting, to be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 in the large group instruction room of the Saranac Lake High School.

“Winter Carnival is only possible through the help of volunteers,” Foster said. “We welcome new people to join the existing committee members so we can continue to improve this long-standing community event.”

The need for volunteers is greater this year as some volunteers have moved on or moved away, and there are responsibilities that are currently open.

Visitors from around the world will travel to this village from Jan. 31 to Feb. 9, 2014, to celebrate “Celtic Carnival” at Saranac Lake’s annual Winter Carnival. Named the second best winter carnival in the world by National Geographic Traveler magazine, it is the longest-running event of its kind in the eastern U.S., dating to 1897. The carnival began as a one-day event to break the monotony of the long Adirondack winter and has grown into a 10-day festival that includes sports, performances, two parades and three sets of fireworks.

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