By PETE KLEIN
Express News Staff
LONG LAKE -- For the first time ever, two women were the royalty at the Long Lake Winter Carnival.
And not just any two women, but twin sisters Carolyn Huloboski and Kay McGuire, who just happened to be celebrating their 80th birthday when crowned princesses at Long Lake’s annual Winter Carnival Saturday, Jan. 18, sponsored by Moonlighters Snowmobile Club and the Town of Long Lake.
Another difference this year was canceling the parade of snowmobiles because of the lack of snow. A third difference was the perfect weather, not counting the lack of snow. The day was mostly sunny with very little wind and temperatures holding in the upper 20s.
A large crowd turned up to watch the increasingly popular cardboard box sled races down the ski hill. This year was the third for the races in Long Lake and the second for the Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit.
The Laporte Family with Military Jeep, Ruby Lewin, and The Man From Blue (Bob Lewin) all advanced on the circuit.
The communities of Old Forge, Inlet, Indian Lake and Speculator all have cardboard sled racing scheduled between now and late February.
The Long Lake Volunteer Fire Department provided free hot dogs, chili and popcorn, and the sledding hill and ice rink were open throughout the day.
Other popular events included the adult golf drive, one-shot basketball, kids’ games, the ladies’ fry pan toss and the broomball tournament. Cash prizes were awarded for all events. Fireworks rounded out the day.
Ladies Fry Pan Toss: first, Jessica Plumley; second, Prudence Dechene; third, Paula Piraino.
Half Court Shot: Paul Brown.
Sled Races 12 & Under: first, SU Riderz with Evan Marissa and Brendan Walker; second Kellers Kruzer with Kaleb, Makenzi and Luke Keller; third, The Turtles with Hunter Jude and Aayden Beaudette-Ristran.
Sled Races 12-18: first, Military Jeep with Dylan and Raigan Laporte; second, Bacon & Eggs with Lillian Dechene and Karlee Rockstroh; third, Bakers Bombers.
Sled Races Adult: first, Man From Blue - Bob Lewin; second, Keller's Kruzer - Sam Keller; third, Horse Power - Bill Houghton.
Best in Show: first, Military Jeep - the Laporte Family, Eagle Bay; second, Bacon & Eggs - Lillian Dechene and Karlee Rockstroh; third, Horse Power - Billy Houghton.
Broomball: Sweet Trauma.