LAKE PLACID - The 70th annual Winter Carnival was held Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Lake Placid Middle High School - and with it came a new King and Queen for the festivities.
Queen Kendra Manning and King Tyler Willis were crowned Saturday during a coronation event held at the school's gymnasium. The royal event included children from the Lake Placid Elementary School, who entertained the crowd focusing on the carnival's theme of "Ancient Egypt."
The King and Queen were selected from the Royal Court, which also consisted of Joan O'Leary, Christina Stanton, Brooke Reid for queen and Eddie Kane, Kyle Shipman and Keegan Barney for king. Marsha Roy was named archbishop.
Queen Kendra Manning and King Tyler Willis leave their throne after being crowned.
Photo/Richard Rosentreter/Lake Placid News
There was a special moment during the festivities when the guest of honor, 95-year-old Cornelia Bonsignore, one of the original LPHS Winter Carnival Committee members, was introduced to the crowd.
After an introduction praising Bonsignore, who graduated from Lake Placid High School in 1935, she presented the King and Queen with pins from the first winter carnival held in Lake Placid. When she went back to her seat, she was given a standing ovation from the appreciative audience and acknowledged the applause by waving to the crowd.
The Lake Placid Winter Carnival had its beginning in 1944 when Lake Placid High School Supervising Principal Romeo Proulx banded together with Bob Connelly, Doris Keane, Isabelle Warner Farrell, Gertrude Powers, Howard Page, and many volunteers from the community, planned and executed the first ever Lake Placid High School Winter Carnival, according to a pamphlet outlining the event's history.
Sculpturing, ski races, a king and queen coronation and the "Icicle Hop," were the main attractions of the four-day event. After several years, the carnival gained notoriety, other schools from around the region asked to participate, and the board once again agreed. To this day, other schools from across northern New York and Vermont still participate in the boys hockey tournament.
Now into its second century, it is the oldest high school carnival held continuously in the United States. Hockey, skiing, ice sculpting and the coronation/dance are still here, but many other activities have joined the carnival since it started.