Whether it's the man-made ice palace or all the contests and events, people in Saranac Lake are heading to the area's winter carnival in droves for a day of family fun. As they told YNN's Carmella Mataloni, in its 116th year, the event is getting even better with age.
SARANAC LAKE, N.Y.--Every February, people in Franklin County look forward to one event: The Winter Carnival.
Matt Smart of Plattsburgh says, "It's been going on for many years and I hope it continues."
Ronda Mattott of Plattsburgh says, "It breaks up the winter. I get you out. It gives you the fresh air and it's something to look forward to every year."
Carnival-goers got to participate in many events Sunday afternoon. At one end of town, people were sledding, ice skating and watching a piece of ice as it was carved into a work of art.
Paul Desilets from New Hampshire, says, "It’s fun, it's not expensive, and it's a good time for everybody."
At the opposite end of town, people were racing down slopes on tubes and throwing snow balls into buckets. All just part of what the carnival had to offer.
Vermont resident Vicki Loner says, "We wanted to have some outdoor fun today and this is our first time here."
But in the middle of it all is a tradition that draws the most attention. This ice palace is the carnival's main attraction. With this year's under the sea theme when you go inside, you can see things like a sea shell throne, an octopus, and even a little mermaid. At night the palace is all lit up for all of Saranac Lake to see.
Smart says, "In the evening when they light up the castle, it’s so beautiful at night. It brings a lot of people in."
Winter Carnival committee member Martha Watts says, "Everybody comes to see our ice palace. There are some extra added fun things that are being constructed in front of the palace. Things that children would like to crawl on and play. I understand that we have a yellow submarine coming and a whale later on in the week."
A firework display will be held at the ice palace next Sunday and events keep getting better until its last day on February 14th.