1915: First harness racing events on Lake George
1940s: Lake George Sports Club forms; holds ski races at run on west side of village.
1950s: Unstructured, simple events continue to be held on Lake George.
1961: First official Winter Carnival held by Lake George Chamber of Commerce to stir up business during slow months.
1960s: Sliver Skates Northeast Regional Races added to carnival.
1971: Lake George Motor Court Association takes over event. Sports car races and parachute jumping added. Event goes from one weekend to four.
1973: A Coney Island Polar Bear Club member starts the polar plunge and forms the Lake George Polar bear Club.
1983: Outhouse races added.
2011: Largest crowd ever attends Jan. 1 polar plunge, the kickoff for the carnival’s 50th anniversary.
Source: Lake George Winter Carnival Committee