Buckleys crowned king and queen of Grand Lake Winter Carnival
Kim and Jeff Buckley reigned supreme at this years Winter Carnival staged by the Grand Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.The couple, one of seven teams competing in the Carnival Royalty competition, raised $2,300 by themselves in votes. Total vote funds came out to almost $1,500 more than last year.The new queen and king, sponsored by the Lariat Saloon, were awarded a $500 grand prize for their efforts. Kim said they will be returning it to the community, sharing it with the friends who helped them collect the votes.Subsequent places went to Barb and Woodey Koenig, sponsored by Pancho & Lefty’s; Kelly and James Shockey, sponsored by Grand Mountain Bank; Sandy and Ron Pirnie, sponsored by the Gateway Inn; Lynnea Godfriaux and Brad Pregeant, sponsored by Caroline’s Cuisine; Jill and Dan Korkowski, sponsored by the Town of Grand Lake; and Audrey Warner and Aaron Etten, sponsored by the Waconda.Best dressed female and male pirate during the evenings Grand Lake-style Mardi Gras dance went to Lori Crane and Don Kern.The Grand Lake Fire Department slid into first place during the popular BedSled races this year, followed by the U.S. Forest Service (2nd), team Last Place Bound (3rd), the Under-40 Pirates (4th), and Best-Dressed Sled and Costumes went to the Grand Lake Pirates.During the TeaPot Curling games the Pot Pushers targeted First Place, Black Kettles swept 2nd, the Bayou City Bowlers eased into 3rd, and team Treasure Trove won an award for being the best dressed.This years first-ever Winter Carnival Flag Football game was also a success, with RJ Designs tackling first place. Second place went to the Rocky Mountain Bucs and third to the Pirates team.Residents and guests also enjoyed touring around the village, which was decorated with festive snow displays for the annual event. The Grand Lake Brewing Company packed in first place with its ship in a bottle (made to look like one of their popular growlers). Sagebrush employee Tim Zimmerman came up with the idea to sculpt Davy Jones Flying Dutchman. The ghost ship, doomed to sail the blue forever, docked into 2nd place for the business. Cabin Quilts and Stitches snow sculpture of a Captain Morgans rum bottle and treasure chest filled with jewels and quilts was eyed for the 3rd-place designation. Also making waves was Spirit Lake Lodges entry of a ship, made by youths Michael Sobon and Friends. It earned the crew an honorable mention.Rounding out the events was Human Bowling. Jerrys Kids Human Bowling performance was just special enough to win the team first place.
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