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Lake George Winter Carnival boosts tourism

LAKE GEORGE -- The scene down the streets of Lake George looked more like a summer afternoon than that of winter. People lined the streets, hundreds hit the lake for the Lake George Winter Carnival.
"Just get out and see everybody, and it gives you something to do, and it's nice out today, so it's just really makes the winter a little less horrible," says Shawn Passino of Queensbury.

Kicking off with the New Years plunge into the lake, winter activities started back up Saturday.
For Shawna Passino, it's her first trip here with her son.

"This year is really the first year where we feel like we've been able to get out and see everything that's been going on," She says. 

The Winter Carnival takes place every weekend in the month of February, and business owners in the Village of Lake George say they rely on these weekends in February to bring foot traffic through their doors. They say this is a very slow time for them, many not even opening during the winter months.

"There's just not enough activity for them. They're trying to get more and more year round businesses and they're trying. But right now is just kind of a local flavor, but it will get better, it is getting better," says Carl Alberino, owner of Lake George Baking Company. 

The Lake George Baking Company is open year round. They say there is enough local interest to keep their business running, but they say the thick ice this year has made this years winter carnival even better when it comes to getting people in the village.

"Well January is the quietest month, February again, as long as, especially when the lake is frozen. It's very good, everybody's happy. March then it starts, through Saint Patricks Day, it gets better every week," he tells us.

Weather permitting, this carnival will be happening every Saturday and Sunday for the rest of the month, boosting the economy of this otherwise quiet winter town. If you'd like a list of all the activities, please visit:

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