I love small town festivals. There’s just something so real and so special about a town coming together to enjoy the company of friends, new and old. And while I love the big Colorado ski towns, sometimes it’s nice to get away from the glitz of a resort and simply bask in the glow of Americana.
Grand Lake has an abundance of Americana. It’s like turning back the clock to a different era when people borrowed eggs from their neighbors and didn’t think twice about letting their kids bicycle around town.
However, Grand Lake’s quaintness shouldn’t be mistaken for boring. Case in point? Grand Lake Winter Carnival, and this year’s theme, Alice in Winterland, should prove to be very entertaining.
The party gets started on Friday evening with live music at Grumpy’s Saloon from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday is when the real event takes place. All of the crazy activities will happen in downtown, along Grand Avenue, and everyone is encouraged to participate.
The bed races are the highlight, and chamber executive director, Lisa Jenkins, tells me that they make extra beds so that people can decide to put together a team and participate on the spot.
“This is a small town snow festival that is quiant and very family-fun oriented. It will make you laugh and smile,” says Jenkins.
Events like human bowling will surely get the crowds giggling along with tea pot curling, snow golf and the parent/child sled pull. In addition to all the games, there’s also a Winterland Parade, snow sculptures, a movie, the crowing of a king and queen, fireworks over the lake and even a Winterland Snow Dance.
All the proceeds from this event go to benefit the Grand Lake Fireworks Fund.
Grand Lake Carnival
Theme: Alice in Winterland
February 2, 2013
I hope to see you there!!!
Footage by Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer, HeidiTown.com of this year’s bed race at Grand Lake Carnival: