Raquette Lake Winter Carnival 2023 poster
Raquette Lake Winter Carnival 2023 poster
cross cut times
Pete and Chris magicians promo

Raquette Lake Winter Carnival

February 18th & 19th, 2023

All Events and times are subject to change without notice depending on weather and conditions. 

The first event on Saturday will be “Rough Raquette Race” at 9 a.m. on Raquette Lake. The Rough Raquette is a 5K snowshoe or one-mile fun run or walk. The completely flat course will take place on the ice, starting near town and head toward South Bay before looping back to town. It is an out and back race. The race will start out on the ice approximately ¼ mile from the village. Be sure to allow time to get to the starting area after your arrival. The 1 mile fun run and 5K run concurrently and share the same course for the first ½ mile. Loaner snowshoes will not be available.

Participants interested in the event will pick up an information packet pick up begins at 8 a.m. on the ice, in front of the Raquette Lake Supply.
Village of Raquette Lake. On the ice in front of the store.
The Rough Raquette Race is organized and coordinated by SUNY Cortland.

The Raquette Lake Winter Carnival will kick off with more activities on Saturday, February 18th  with youth activities starting at 11am . Games will include a sack race, sledding, tire obstacle, balloon chase, and tug-of-war. All games and activities are subject to change without notice.  At noon there will be a Ladies Frying Pan Toss with cash prizes of $75, $50, $25. Weather permitting, the Team Ice Golf Competition will be held throughout the day for teams with cash prizes of $75, $50, $25.

Registration for events will take place at the Raquette Lake Library.  Round out the day by warming up at the bonfire and the annual tug-o-war.

At 2p.m. Magicians Chris and Pete of Chris and Pete Amusements will perform in the Raquette Lake Library. The traveling two-man kid’s comedy team, magicians and real-life brothers Presto Pete and Incredulous Chris of Pete and Chris Amusements bring a high-energy performance to kids at the show. Kids enjoy crazy cartoon-like antics and will be wowed at the magic presented. The show is free.

Fireworks are slated for 7pm. Showcase will be weather dependent.  Check www.facebook.com/raquettelake for schedule updates.

Sunday, February 19th at Noon will be the traditional Cross-Cut / Chainsaw competition held on the Raquette Lake Village Green.  This long-standing tradition is a not to be missed event featuring timed men’s, women’s and mixed divisions and no experience is necessary.

Cookie donations are requested for Saturday, February 18th.  Please drop off at the Raquette Lake Library.  As in years past the Raquette Lake Library will be open for hot chocolate, cookies and warmth all day on Saturday.  Raquette Lake Events Coordinator Kat Forsell will be coordinating the events of the weekend.

For more information www.myraquettelake.com