Granby Chamber announces pared down 2008 events schedule |

Granby Chamber announces pared down 2008 events schedule

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The Granby Chamber of Commerce announced its 2008 calendar of events.

There aren’t any new events planned, said Downtown Enhancement Director Betsy Cook, just more attention toward the ones that have been successful in the past.

“We really wanted to focus on what we had and concentrate on making it better,” she said.

For example, because of poor attendance, the Bluegrass Festival that took place last August at the Flying Heels Arena has been nixed for 2008.

The Sagebrush Festival will not see its 10th year in 2008, also due to a lack of popularity.

The chamber eliminated the March ice fishing contest, but kept the three most popular.

The Three Lakes Ice Fishing Contest, considered the “the biggest fishing contest west of the Mississippi,” Cook said, is scheduled for Feb. 1-3, and the Lake Granby Fishermen’s Classic, the open water contest, is on for May 31 to June 1. Fishing festivals in 2008 round out with the Granby Fly-Fishing Festival, June 28-29.

One event that debuted last year is scheduled for a comeback on March 1. The Lake Granby Ice Golf Classic attracts true golf diehards suffering from game withdrawal who take to the lake and play nine “holes.” Sorels replace FootJoys, tennis balls replace golf balls and snow replaces greens.

To enhance the Farmer’s Market next summer, which will take place every Friday from June 6 to Oct. 3, businesses will sponsor each “First Friday” of the month. On those four Fridays, June 6, July 11, Aug. 1 and Sept. 5, there will be a live band and extra attractions, Cook said.

And other mainstays will be back, such as the Granby Easter Egg Hunt, March 22, the Independence Day Parade and Barbecue in the Park, July 4, the Granby Fireworks, July 5, the Parade of Lights and Chili Supper, Nov. 29, and the Holiday Gala and Silent Auction, Dec. 5.

“Considering the size of the community, this is still pretty ambitious,” Cook said, who added that if any citizens wish to take part in organizing and executing events, they should contact the Chamber to join a committee.

Running in tandem with the Chamber is the citizen-based effort to seek an official designation of “Main Street U.S.A.”

With this goal in mind, business owners have been meeting monthly to work toward putting Granby on the Main Street map, a 25-year-old program through the National Trust for Historic Designation that serves to revitalize downtowns.

There are about 4,000 registered Main Street members in the U.S., a program with a strategy recognized for its grassroots approach to economic development.

“It gives us a brand, and signifies to people that we have respect for the downtown and that we recognize its past … that it’s a real town, not just a newly built lifestyle center,” Cook said.

Through this effort locally, Granby has young events on its roster. June 28, 2008, the Taste of Granby will be returning, as well as Granby Oktoberfest Oct. 3.

” Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail

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