Prepare to set sail for the Grand Lake Winter Carnival
February 1, 2009
Ahoy, mates, wet white swells of snow are on the horizon just in time for a winter carnival.The Grand Lake Area Chamber of Commerce has its periscope out for teams and individuals ready to test their sea legs at several contests for a Pirates of the Caribbean afternoon and Grand Lake-style Mardi Gras dance.The days activities include: Walks around town to view this years snow sculpture entries (open entry) Tea Pot Curling (teams) at 9:30 a.m. at the skating rink next to the town hall. Entry fee. Kids Snowman Contest 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the town park The Grand Lake Historical Society will be opening up the Kauffman House Museum downtown for tours 1 to 4 p.m. Parade around noon on Grand Avenue Parent-child Sled Pull (town park) and the start of a game of flag football after the parade (town park) The famous Bed Sled Races (five-person teams of all kinds) after the Sled Pull (about 1:15 p.m.) Extra sleds are available. $25 entry. Human Bowling (two people push a third on a saucer sled into empty water jugs) at 2 p.m. Adult ($10 entry, cash prizes) and kid divisions (free). Gunny Sack Races and the Flag Football Finals in the town park at 2:30 p.m. Snow Sculpture judging, theme is Pirates of the Caribbean.A bonfire and games of Bingo are scheduled at the new Grand Arts Center Grand Arts Council building, and a Town Tug of War will round out the day 3 to 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun.Winners of the competitions will be announced during the evening, when Pancho and Leftys takes the wheel. The Snow King and Queen of the carnival will be crowned (voting has begun for about a half dozen couples). Votes may be posted at their appropriate sponsor businesses for $1 per vote, up to two days before the carnival (Feb. 5).Contestant couples are Lynnea Godfriaux and Brad Pregeant, sponsored by Carolines Cuisine; Jill and Dan Korkowski, sponsored by the Town of Grand Lake; Sandy and Ron Pirnie, sponsored by the Gateway Inn; Kelly and James Shockey, sponsored by Grand Mountain Bank; Kim and Jeff Buckley, sponsored by the Lariat Saloon; Barb and Woody Koenig, sponsored by Pancho & Leftys; and Audrey Warner and Aaron Etten, sponsored by the Waconda. There are also other businesses willing to sponsor additional couples interested in competing for the title.The royal couple receives a special prize, and their subjects (those in the public) in best costume have a chance at $100 first prize. They and others can add beads and masks to the ensemble through purchases to benefit next years carnival.Coiling in the lines will be band Mojambus, bringing in rock, funk and jazz for the funkiest blues around. Their positive vibrations and groovy sound always gets the P&L floor rocking. Tickets for the dance and live music show are available at Pancho & Leftys, ReMAX of Grand Lake and at the door.