Rabideau challenges Plattsburgh officials in snowball toss

SARANAC LAKE – Village Mayor Clyde Rabideau is throwing down the gauntlet.

The mayor, via email and Facebook, is beckoning elected officials in the city he used to lead to come upriver for Sunday’s second annual Mayor’s Snowball Toss Tournament Challenge. The event is part of the annual Saranac Lake Winter Carnival.

Rabideau, describing himself as a former mayor of “the Burg,” sent an email to newly elected Plattsburgh Mayor Jim Calnon and the city’s council members this week asking them to participate in the government division. He also posted an invitation on his Facebook page.

“The Saranac River ends in your city, so you must come to where those precious waters emanate, Saranac Lake, this Sunday,” Rabideau wrote. “It’s now part of your duty as a councilor…as this is an environmental quality expedition! Don’t worry, you’ll be home in plenty of time for the Super Bowl and you’ll have a good yarn or two to tell during halftime.”

The Snowball Toss is a horseshoes-style tournament where teams try to score points by throwing snowballs in 5-gallon buckets or within two concentric circles around the buckets. The tournament is single-elimination. There’s no charge, but donations will be accepted for High Peaks Hospice.

“The winners get prizes, plus bragging rights,” Rabideau wrote. “For example, the president of North Country Community College (Steve Tyrell) hasn’t stopped bragging ever since he won the crown with a “ringer” teammate. It’s a hoot and loads of fun, as many of the participants come garbed in thematic outfits.”

Registration for the snowball toss begins at 12:15 p.m. The tournament gets underway at 1 p.m. in Riverside Park and is expected to last until 3 p.m.