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Winter Park: Everyone was a winner at Mary Jane birthday bash

Cyndi McCoy
Winter Park, Colorado

Everyone was a winner at Mary Jane’s 33rd Birthday Bash and the 26th Annual Chef’s Cup Benefit Dinner and Dance. Snowfall Friday through Monday totaled almost 30 inches at the ski area, also making it a great powder weekend for all snowride enthusiasts.

Winners of the annual snow sculpture contest at the ski area competed in two categories. In the teams of five or more, the Mary Jane Ski Patrol earned first place with its Village Cabriolet sculpture. Second place went to the Challenger Lifts’ dragon.

The Super Gauge Lift team’s Mary Jane Women sculpture enticed the judges to give the team third place.

In the teams of less than five, first place went to the Village Cabriolet’s Mary Jane sculpture at the bottom of the lift. The ski area’s South African employees sunk their teeth into a second-place spot with their crocodile sculpture, and the top of the Village Cabriolet lift team drove home with third place for their cool Corvette convertible.

More than a dozen people had a great time at the first-ever Mary Jane Snowshoe Trek in Winter Park, sponsored by the Winter Park/Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds will benefit the Fraser Creative Learning Center, and the chamber was happy to present the preschool a check for $500.

The Mary Jane Look-Alike contest at Mary Jane’s base was a hit with almost a dozen contestants competing. Top winner was Brian Delks of Littleton, who received a season ski pass and $250. Gillian Lewis of Boulder roped second place, which also rounded up four lift tickets and $150 for her. Delks and Lewis also won gift certificates from Rise and Shine Bakery. Mindy Ramsey of Winter Park took third place, which came with two lift passes and $100.

The light parade floats were energized as they traveled down Winter Park’s main street. Winners were the Winter Park Ski Patrol (First place, $1,000), Bob Blanding (Second place, $500), and Snow Mountain Ranch (Third place, $275).

The Grand County Blues Society’s Marc Ford and the Neptune Blues Club concert was also a huge success. The show attracted around 250 Ford and blues fans, and Ford told GCBS members it was one of his favorite stops on their Colorado tour.

B’Jammin’ at Cooper Creek Square took the top prize during the Mary Jane on Parade contest. Other local businesses whose decorated life-size cardboard cutouts of Mary Jane won them places included Allegiant Management/Alpine Resort Properties (Second Place) and Epic Mountain Sports (Third).

The Hazel Miller Band belted out great live music as guests enjoyed the culinary creations of almost a dozen of Grand County’s finest restaurants during this year’s Chef’s Cup. Best Appetizer went to the Tabernash Tavern. Second place was a close three-way tie among Doc’s Roadhouse, Hernando’s, and Wild Horse Catering. The Tabernash Tavern also brought home Best Entree, with the Club Car and Fontenot’s tying for second. Best Dessert was prepared by Doc’s Roadhouse, with the Tabernash Tavern a close second.

Judges found Fontenot’s appetizer the Most Creative, with the Tabernash Tavern and Wild Horse Catering tying for second place. Best Presentation went to the Club Car at Mary Jane, with the Tabernash Tavern and Wild Horse Catering a close tie for Second. People’s Choice, with votes collected from the evening’s guests, went to the Ranch House Restaurant at Devil’s Thumb Ranch. The Winter Park Competition Center reported that funds raised from ticket sales went up 10 percent over the previous year’s proceeds.

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