LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. -- The
typically slow winter season at Lake George is about to change with the 52nd
annual winter carnival almost here.
But with this week's
warmth -- is there enough ice on the lake for the activities?
After a bit of a warm
spell, temperatures are falling once again and it's just in time for the Lake George
winter carnival to kick off this weekend.
Despite the roller coaster weather the Capital Region's been experiencing, organizers for the carnival are optimistic about this season's events.
"Everything is going in
the right direction here, we have some ice on the lake, it's frozen so that's a
plus, the enthusiasm is at an all-time high now. We have a little snow
left here and the forecast is calling for some light snow and cold weather so
everything looks 100 percent on," said Louis Tokos, Vice co-chair of the winter
The only thing not happening -- the polar plunge, with the lake being roped off due to a problem with Asian clams.
outhouse races, ice diving, and food competitions are all still on and expected
to bring big crowds to the area.
"When the carnival picks up, for four weekends in February, it can be very busy. The more snow and ice you have the busier you are," said Mario's restaurant owner, Paul Nichols.
While work is underway outside on an ice sculpture, there's plenty of work inside, for local business.
"It's definitely a boom, I mean, I hire more people during those weekends in February. It's good for the local economy, when you make money you spend money," said Nichols.
During the winter carnival, between 2,000 and 5,000 people head to Lake George each weekend.
"It's a burst of tourism that's a big burst to our local economy, and it's just a fun filled weekend that people just get together and enjoy themselves," said Tokos.
The opening ceremony begins this Saturday at noon, and kicks off four fun-filled weekends that run all the way through February.