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Winter Carnival history

Winter Carnival history

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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

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