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Lake George Winter Carnival spreading out its venues as TV comes to town

Lake George Winter Carnival spreading out its venues as TV comes to town

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LAKE GEORGE -- At least part of the upcoming Lake George Winter Carnival's opening weekend will move to the south end of the village, as event organizers grapple with an ice-less lake and national media attention.

Village Mayor Robert Blais said Tuesday that the Winter Carnival Committee is seeking access to the municipal Beach Road parking lot.

He said carnival organizers, faced with the presence of a Discovery Channel film crew, want to hold the popular outhouse races at the lakes southern end.

Organizers hope the venue change will offer more scenic views and result in more appealing footage for Discovery's national audience when it films the event on Saturday, Blais said.

"We're going to get some snow put in there," Blais said.

Event organizers have been grappling with the lack of ice on the lake as the four weekend-long, February event has approached.

The news that the Discovery networks chose this year to film the 51-year-old event has only added to the pressure on organizers.

Carnival committee members could not be reached on Tuesday for comment.

"I wish it was out on the ice," Carnival Co-chairwoman Nancy Nichols said last week while discussing the potential for national exposure.

Calls to Discovery Communications LLC haven't been returned. It remains unclear what the network will do with the footage.

Blais said Tubby Tubes, a year-round tubing business in Lake Luzerne, might be hired to blow artificial snow at the Beach Road site for the event. Officials are also discussing collecting snow from local dude ranches and other expansive businesses.

The lack of ice means the carnival will be spread out throughout the village, from Shepard Park Beach to the festival space at the former Gaslight Village.

The event is typically centered on the lake near Shepard Park Beach.

Officials said spreading out the venues could hurt the local bars and restaurants that typically do well during the usually concentrated event.

The Winter Carnival kicks off at noon on Saturday.

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