Grand Lake’s annual Winter Carnival returns this weekend |

Grand Lake’s annual Winter Carnival returns this weekend

The Grand Lake Village People, left, and KISS Girls sleds come together during a heat of the bed sled races at the Grand Lake Winter Carnival in this 2014 file photo. The Winter Carnival will be held this Saturday in Grand Lake and the bed sled races are set to begin at 1:15 p.m.
File photo / Byrson Hetzler |

Grand Lake’s annual Winter Carnival is set for this weekend and while the festive event will once again celebrate the majesty of winter in the quaint mountain town, it will be tinged with poignancy as the community honors the memory of longtime town resident and town fireworks organizer, Doris Braun, who passed away last May.

The theme for this year’s carnival is Supers & Toons, an homage to super heroes and cartoon characters. The fun kicks off Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. with Aladdin’s Tea Pot Curling event held on the Grand Lake Center Ice Rink. There is a $5 entry fee per person.

Olaf’s Snowman Contest, specifically for child contestants, and Goofy’s Hole in One snow golf events will begin at 10 a.m. Both events are scheduled to run until 2 p.m. Saturday. Entry for the snowman contest is free and golfers will need to pay $5 for each bucket of balls they use.

At 11 a.m. Tom & Jerry’s Steeplechase will begin in the Town Park by the Grand Lake Library. Entry for the steeplechase event is free.

The winter carnival parade, called the Looney Toon Parade, is set to begin at 12:30 p.m. along Main Street. A flyer from the Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce notes all are welcome for the parade.

The contest action continues at 12:45 p.m. with The Incredibles Parent/Child Sledpull. Entry for the sledpull event is free though the Grand Lake Chamber recommends bringing your own sled if you have one.

The always popular bed sled races will kick off at 1:15 p.m. on Main Street. Event organizers are calling it the “Piston Cup” Bed Sled Races this year. Each team will need three or four participants pushing a bed and one person riding atop the bed. Competitors must be at least 18 years old and there is a $25 entry fee per team.

Super Human Bowling will begin at 2 p.m. on Main Street. Interested contestants will need to register between 1 and 2 p.m. Saturday. There will be divisions for both kids and adults. Kids compete for free but adults will need to pay a $10 entry fee. There will be cash prizes for adult winners.

The annual masquerade ball at Pancho & Lefty’s will kick off at 6 and go until 10 p.m. Saturday night. This year event organizers are calling it the MARVELous Ball/Masquerade, a reference to the popular comic book maker. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10, at the Grand Lake Chamber, Pancho & Lefty’s and the Kiosk, or for $15 at the door.

An awards ceremony for teapot curling, bed sled races, and snow sculptures will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Fireworks on Ice fireworks display over the frozen surface of Grand Lake will being at 8 p.m. and the Costume Contest is set for 8:30 p.m.

Throughout the day artists and budding sculptors will be participating in the Supers and Toons Snow Sculpture contest. Snow sculptures will be located throughout the town and judging will begin at noon. There is a $10 entry fee for the contest.

Saturday will also be an opportunity to recognize the work and passion of Doris Bruan, a key figure in Grand Lake’s Fireworks Committee and Winter Carnival Queen from last year. The 2018 Winter Carnival will feature a Queen of the Fireworks Forever fundraiser.

“Remember Doris Braun, keep an eye out for special ways to donate to her passion, the Grand Lake Fireworks,” states the flyer from the Chamber.

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