Winter Carnival posters available

SARANAC LAKE – Posters designed by Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau for the 2014 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival are now available for sale.

As with Trudeau’s button design for this year’s “Celtic Carnival” theme, his illustration shows Doonesbury character Duke playing the bagpipes.

Mr. Trudeau signed 100 posters to be sold to raise money for Winter Carnival. Unsigned posters are also available. Trudeau, who was raised in Saranac Lake, has been creating the Winter Carnival button design since 1981 and offered his first poster design in 2012.

Signed posters cost $60, and unsigned posters cost $15, including tax. There is an additional cost for shipping if local pick-up is not possible. Most signed posters have already been claimed by advance order, so anyone interested in a signed poster should immediately call Jeff Dickson at 518-891-4344, as quantities are limited.

Unsigned posters will be sold during Winter Carnival on Jan. 31 to Feb. 9: at its headquarters at 141 River St., at Ampersound at 52 Main St., and at K&E Enterprises on Broadway.

A raffle will also be held for poster No. 1. Sales are limited to 100 raffle tickets at a cost of $5 each. Tickets are available from Dickson until the opening of Carnival on Jan. 31 and then will be available at headquarters until Feb. 9.

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee, formally known as the Society for Promotion of Winter Carnival, Saranac Lake, Inc., is a group of volunteers dedicated to organizing an annual mid-winter festival. This 10-day, community-wide event traces its roots to a one-day Winter 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