Grand Lake Winter Carnival may have been best yet |

Grand Lake Winter Carnival may have been best yet

To the Editor:Was this the Best Winter Carnival ever? I was very impressed with the cooperation that happened from almost every organization in town. (See what we can do when we all work together?) There was something for everyone that day.The day started early with Tim Thorpe, the two Bob’s, Ed & Sharon Peterson, Scott Brady, Mike Heine, Bernie McGinn and his crew getting the streets ready. The Trail Groomers were able to get their big machine into town to give us that perfect surface for the races. Thanks Cam Stone. It was the best course ever.TeaPot Curling run by Scott Munn was a great success and it was so much warmer since they moved the rink next to Town Hall. Thank you Bernie, Barky and Chocolate Bob for helping get the rink ready. Winners were: 1st – Pot Pushers, 2nd -Black Kettles, 3rd -Bayou City Bowlers, and Best Dressed – Treasure Trove.Sandy Piernie was in charge of the Kid’s Snowman Contest – they all got a free ice cream cone from Rocky Mountain Chocolates. We had a lot of kids so thank you for all that ice cream.New this year was Flag Football in the Snow. I was amazed at the number of teams that participated – it was not easy running in snow but sure was fun to watch. Thank you Mark Bujanovich, John Amerman, Bill Cottrell, Paul Jennings, Bill Sauter, and Mickey Rorke. Winners were 1st – RJ designs, 2nd – Rky Mtn Bucs, 3rd – Pirates.Sharon Peterson organized the Parade. Even though snow was a problem for the sleds, it was as colorful as ever with lots of candy flying through the air for the kids. Jim Peterson was the announcer all day with Bill Cottrell in charge of the great pirate music and driving Black Beauty. Thank you to the volunteers of the Kaufman House for holding that open.The Parent/Child Sled Pull run by Schelly Olsen was fast and furious and gave us time to get the Bed Sleds ready to go. The BedSled Committee of Amy Frutchey, Lori Crane, Ann Ravotti, and Lisa Jenkins decided to build four extra sleds this year for audience participation with the help of Kevin Lepke, Gene, Jeff Watson, and Carol Silk. Highland Lumber graciously donated the wood. What a hoot.There were some great sleds out there and the competition was intense. Winners were 1st – Fire Department, 2nd- US Forest Service, 3rd Last Place Bound, 4th – The under 40 Pirates, and Best Dressed Sled – the Pirates (over 40). There were many that waited for their favorite audience participation event- Human Bowling run by Kathy and Dave Whitman. They had a kid and an adult course and those water jugs were flying. Thanks also to Donna and Dave Heaton, Judy and Sam Eberly, and Judy and Tom Tumbiln.The Snow Sculptures were incredible. I don’t know how the judges made their decisions. I think everyone who participated deserved a ribbon and if I had that many, I would give them out. Thank you Kathy Lewis for organizing this event and thank you again to everyone who participated. Your sculptures were appreciated and I think we all should support the businesses that took the time and effort.Winners were: 1st – the Brewery, 2nd – Sagebrush, and 3rd – Cabin Quilts and Stitches. I think the ship in front of Spirit Lake Lodge will be with us for a long time.This year we moved the late afternoon activities over to the new Arts Council Building. It was not only warmer but a great success. The Rotary Club took over Bingo, Marti Lund was in charge of the kids events, the Fire Dept kept the Bon Fire going, and the Arts Council served warm goodies and painted the kids faces. It was busy.Thank you Annie and Mark Ginsberg, Cathy Walton-Smith, Darin Foran, Kathy Knight and the high school kids, City Market, Schelly Olson, Kevin Cox, Dan Schneller, Frank Loomis, Jim Weber, Dave Animal Terwell, Larry Goscha, Steve Waldorf, Gary Billiet, Chief Mike Long, Larry Malouff and Fidel Franklin.The day’s finale was the Pirate Mardi Gras at Pancho and Lefty’s. Kate McManus was the architect of the decorations with Dena Sauter and all our volunteers helping her. They were incredible. The band Mojambus was a crowd favorite. The King and Queen of Mardi Gras is our major fundraiser for the GL Fireworks. This years participants worked very hard and raised more money than ever. Thank you. Our new royalty is Kim & Jeff Buckley (Lariat & the GL Pirates), 2nd – Barb & Woody Koenig (Pancho & Leftys), 3rd – Kelly & James Shockey (Grand Mtn. Bank), Sandy & Ron Pirnie (Gateway Inn), Lynnea Godfriaux & Brad Pregeant (Caroline’s Cuisine), Jill & Dan Korkowski (Town of Grand Lake), and Audrey Warner & Aaron Etten (Waconda). The best dressed pirate contest was won by Lori Crane for the gals and Don Kern for the guys.Last but not least, thank you to Brad and the GL Chamber for insurance and advertising. It actually worked this year.Till next year. ARRGGGG!Suzi Maki Grand PooBah

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