Grand County kicks in $20K for Snowball
The Grand County commissioners contributed $20,300 to the Snowball Music Festival during the Tuesday, Feb. 26, meeting of the Board of County Commissioners.The money will be used to help pay for the cost of emergency medical services at the festival as well as to pay for additional parking and traffic-control services.The money was provided from a contingency fund in the county’s budget that totaled $25,000.It was also mentioned during the meeting that the Grand County Sheriff’s Office, Road and Bridge, and EMS will be contributing in-kind services for the festival.EMS will be staffing an additional four ambulances for the event, which usually cost $75 an hour. The cost is being cut in half by Grand County EMS for each 10 hour day of the event.While various entities in the county will be providing help with traffic control, the money that was awarded will bring in extra manpower for traffic control as well as the traffic-control devices that will be used during the event.The extra manpower was sought out in case a snowstorm sweeps through the valley during the event so Road and Bridge personnel could plow the roads instead of having to be committed to directing traffic.It was also mentioned during the meeting that lodging has begun to reach capacity for the weekend of the event in Winter Park, Fraser, and Granby, and reservations are starting to be made as far away as Grand Lake and Kremmling.Catherine Ross, executive director of the Winter Park & Fraser Chamber, stated that she appreciated the community taking a risk on the event and that it has been an encouraging experience to have everyone in support of the event.
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