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Worldfest and Carnival: Two great local events

February 12, 2009
Lake Placid News
Two events that took place in Lake Placid over the weekend deserve a rousing round of applause. Both the Worldfest celebration (held in conjunction with the FIL Luge World Championships) and the Lake Placid High School Winter Carnival are events that represent the special fabric that has woven the Olympic Village.

One of the most important aspects of these events is that they included the young residents of this community, whose recognition of Lake Placid as a unique place was nurtured and reinforced simply because they were a part if it. Secondly, it magnified the sense of community spirit and pride that is hard to find in many other communities across our nation. It is hard to find a better “git-er done” attitude than that right here in Lake Placid.

To pull together an event the magnitude of Worldfest at virtually the last minute is truly remarkable. Kudos to Worldfest organizer Joe Lamb, the Lake Placid Central School District, the Lake Placid Lion’s Club, the Lake Placid Rotary Club, the Lake Placid Kiwanis Club, the Olympic Regional Development Authority, the Essex County/Lake Placid Visitors Bureau, the town of North Elba, the village of Lake Placid and private citizens and businesses for pulling together to make Worldfest happen. Sincere apololgies to anyone who was not mentioned.

Once again, the world was watching Lake Placid, and the community came out shining. Congratulations to all.

The LPHS Winter Carnival has been a long-time tradition. To have that event taking place the same day as Worldfest, and to have each a success, is an amazing feat. There are no words to sufficiently describe the amount of community dedication that the students and school officials demonstrated by having students attend the Worldfest and take part in the ceremonies — then walk back to the high school for Winter Carnival AND a dance.

It is clear that the sense of community spirit and commitment reaches every end of the spectrum — from Lake Placid’s more prominent citizens to its youngest.

Kudos to all those youngsters who took part in the ceremony and took with them a memory that will last a lifetime.

Worldfest mirrored Winter Carnival in that each and every level of the school hierarchy played a role, from the kindergarteners who were dressed appropriately for the carnival’s Candyland theme and the middle schoolers who made up the court, to the high schoolers who prouldy marched down the aisle, two of which were crowned King and Queen. At the Worldfest, students proudly carried flags representing the 22 nations that took part in the luge world championships and placed them alongside a torch, symbolic of the Olympics, two of which were hosted in the winter by Lake Placid.

Each and every child at the LPHS Winter Carnival will truly have a special memory and lasting impression of the Lake Placid spirit.

But it’s not over. There are two more Worldfests to paticipate in, one on Feb. 22 and the other on Feb. 28, to be held in conjunction with the Bobsled and Skeleton World Championships, also being held in Lake Placid. It is imperative to keep the ball rolling and build upon the success of Worldfest. For those who helped with the first event, keep up the good work.

For those who want to help build on this worthy community cause, step up to the plate. Those interested may contact Worldfest producer Eric Granger at 524-8300 or e-mail

The world will be watching again, and there is little doubt that Lake Placid will continue to shine and show off just what makes it special — community spirit.



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