Mild weather forces changes to popular outdoor events

Posted at: 02/15/2013 5:55 PM
By: Mark Mulholland

LAKE GEORGE - Snowmobilers were cruising around the southern tip of Lake George Friday afternoon.

The sun and temperatures in the 40s had melted some of the ice, but not enough to make it unsafe for this weekend's Lake George Winter Carnival.

Organizers say the ice is about ten inches thick. Good enough for people, ATVs, bonfires and fireworks, but not motorcycles.

So the quads and motorcycles that race in the NY State Ice Championships scheduled for Lake George this weekend have moved to the Great Sacandaga Lake because it has more ice than its neighbor 40 miles to the Northeast.

Tom Kuhn of the Electric City Riders, the group that puts on the races, says they expect to draw a big crowd to their alternate venue. "We hope so. A lot of people had reservations in Lake George. It's not that far of a drive and we're hoping we don't lose anybody."

Motorcycles and quads go twelve at a time, up to 75 miles per hour. The races start at 11 near the Sport Island Pub in Northville.

While in Lake George, all of the other carnival ice activities will go on as planned on Saturday and Sunday, including an ATV scavenger hunt and ice golf on the lake.

"We're still doing everything. The only thing that has been canceled is the motorcycles," said Linda Duffy, an organizer of the Lake George Winter Carnival.

 .......  ....  Kuhn said the Great Sacandaga had more than 18 inches of ice on Friday afternoon.