SARANAC LAKE - With the cold weather setting in, the Winter Carnival Committee is kicking into gear, announcing the release of the 2010 Winter Carnival button Friday and seeking nominations for the Carnival king and queen.
Saranac Lake native Garry Trudeau, creator of the acclaimed Doonesbury cartoon strip, designed the button for the 29th year in a row. This one features the Doonesbury character Zonker dressed as a cowboy and riding a snowmobile to illustrate 2010's "Adirondack Cowboys" theme.
The pin costs $3 this year - up from its longtime price of $2. The pins sold out last year for the first time since Trudeau started designing them in 1981.
The button is available at the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at 193 River St. and from other local vendors. A full list is available at www.saranaclakewintercarnival.com.
Those wishing to submit nominations for king and queen should sign and submit each nomination separately and include the candidate's volunteer service history.
Nominations should be mailed to the Winter Carnival Committee, Box E-1062, c/o Adirondack Daily Enterprise, P.O. Box 318, Saranac Lake, NY 12983 or drop them off at the chamber office by Friday, Jan. 22, 2010.
For more information, call the chamber at 518-891-1990 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.