Everyone wins at Grand Lake Winter Carnival
Several guests surfaced as winners during this years Grand Lake Winter Carnival, including residents and visitors who enjoyed the Age of Aquarius theme and the full days activities.During the Tea Pot Curling event, team Up Your Alley smoothed over First Place honors and won the coveted traveling trophy. Second Place went to Krustyz Revenge, and the Bayou City Bandits rode away with Third Place.Although most all participants were dressed to the nines for the competition, the Canadian Curling Clowns team was voted the Best Dressed.The Bears Den and Paws Pub team crossed the finish line first during the popular bed sled races. Racers from the Sagebrush BBQ Grill brought home Second Place, and the Grand Lake Fire Department blazed through the finish line for Third Place. Most Creative honors went to Pancho & Leftys (First Place), Bears Den (Second Place), and El Pacifico (Third Place).Human Bowling adult winners were: team Yellow Submarine (First Place), the Catamount Crushers (Second Place) and The Newlyweds (Third Place). Youth winners in the human bowling event were the Coffee Shop Warriors, who took home First Place, followed by Flower Power and the Snowballs for second and third place respectively.With an abundance of fresh new powder to work with, Grand Avenue was lined with several colorful scenes for the Snow Sculpture contest. Spirit Lake Lodge and its Volkswagen Bus won Peoples Choice and First Place for the competition, followed by The Cave entered by the Rustic Urn (Second Place) and Pancho & Leftys Yellow Submarine.All the participants were winners during the Kids’ Snowman Contest and family-friendly Sled Pull. First Place winners were: Ryan and Elise for the “Snow Thrones” and Megan and Molly for the “Giant Peace Snowman.” The Second and Third Place winners were: “Humpty Dumpty” by Samantha and Julia Cox, “Snowmen on a Bench” by Talley and Tanon, “Mount Everest” by Hannah, Monty and Bowen; and “Grand Lake Poodle” by Abigale.Later on in the evening at the festive Mardi Gras Dance, band Mojambus jammed blues and rock tunes with high energy as party-goers awaited the prestigious crowning of the royalty. Laura and Don Summers, sponsored by the Waconda, were not only crowned but went home with two plane tickets to anywhere in the continental U.S. Donna Gore and Rick Howard received the second-most votes for the queen and king designation, with Cowboy and Cloe coming in for a strong third-place count.Queen Summers said she and King Don will probably use their winning tickets to visit her sister Tracey, who moved from the county last year to near Knoxville, Tenn. Laura said the last time she saw her sister was when she and Steve Sandoval came out to get married.Really our goal … was to raise money, she said, to raise money for the fireworks and to raise money for the Mardi Gras.
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