BRASHER FALLS - The chairman of the Tri-Town Winter Carnival Committee says future winter carnivals may be expanded back to four days rather than three.
It was crunched up too much on Saturday. I think what were going to do for next year is we might go back to the four-day thing, Allen W. Fukes said following this years event, which was held from Friday to Sunday.
He said members of the committee have already started initial discussions about holding opening ceremonies on Thursday and having a full day of activities on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
This years kick-off events on Friday included a spaghetti dinner, opening ceremonies, fireworks and karaoke.
Saturdays events this year included a snowshoe and ski run, a mobile veterans center, a parade, snowmobile drag races, Snow Flake Lions Club Craft Fair, indoor yard and bake sale, a co-ed volleyball tournament, a cake auction, wine tasting, a Kids Zone, a talent show, karaoke and live music.
Sunday activities included a pancake breakfast, ATV side by side events, a snowmobile poker run,and tug of war, bed races, wheel barrow races and kickball tournament before rounding out with closing ceremonies and a Chinese auction.
It was a lot to jam into three days, according to Mr. Fukes.
It used to be the opening dinner was on Thursday night. I think the reason we were not getting a lot of people at it was because everybody had to work Friday, he said.
By holding the opening dinner on Thursday he said Friday would be freed up to have the talent show and a Snow Babies contest among the activities.
In the meantime, Mr. Fukes said this years celebration went great.
Everything went off good from the opening to the closing ceremonies, he said.
Winter carnival buttons were on sale and acted as admission to the events, and he said they sold approximately 450 for Saturdays snowmobile drag races.
On Sunday (during the ATV side by side events) we sold about 85 to 90, which wasnt bad for something that wasnt on the schedule until two weeks ahead of time, he said.
Button sales were so popular, he said, that they ran out of 2013 buttons and had to start selling leftover 2012 versions.
All the businesses ran out of buttons, Mr. Fukes said.
Friday nights opening dinner at the Riverview Bar and Restaurant was packed, Mr. Fukes said, and an American Legion steak feed on Saturday did the best it ever did.
A Sunday breakfast brought in more than 100 customers.
They served over 100 breakfasts, which is the best they ever did. They had a record weekend, he said.
Saturdays Kids Zone brought a packed crowd to the St. Lawrence Central Elementary School cafeteria, as did a talent show that featured 15 acts.
The cafeteria was full, standing room only, Mr. Fukes said.
Evening karaoke and live music events at the Pit Stop Pub, The Jug and Riverview Bar and Restaurant were elbow to elbow with people, he noted.
All in all, it was successful. We were pretty pleased, he said.
The Winter Carnival Committee will be meeting again on Feb. 27, and thats when theyll take a look at the just finished event and start talking about next years winter carnival.
Were pretty pleased. All in all, it was successful, Mr. Fukes said. Financially, we dont know whats happened yet. Well just sit down and look at how we did and look at what we might do.