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Tri-Town Chamber president says 41st opening ceremonies was largest ever

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BRASHER FALLS - The recent Tri-Town Winter Carnival started off with a full house at the opening ceremony and it was a precursor of a strong weekend in the Brasher Falls, Winthrop, North Lawrence and Helena area.

Tri-Town Winter Chamber of Commerce President Allen W. Fukes says that Thursday night’s opening ceremonies was possibly the most impressive he has seen during the 41 winter carnivals held in the area.

The annual festivities concluded Sunday evening with the closing ceremonies, and Mr. Fukes noted that the weekend could not have gone any better.

“It was a big success. We had more people at our opening ceremony than we’ve had in the 41 years on Thursday night. It was probably more than 200 people, and we actually sold 188 pre-paid dinners for the dinner and show,” he said. “(Sunday) night was probably one of the largest closing ceremonies we have ever had. It probably consisted of somewhere around 75 or 90 people.”

The carnival features events at various venues across the towns of Brasher, Lawrence, and Stockholm, and this year’s theme was “Proud to be an American.”

Another popular part of the weekend was the Kids Zone, which ran on Saturday afternoon at the elementary school. The agenda for this activity included a performance by the ventriloquist act Willie and Company, bounce houses, crafts for kids, and a family swim.

After a brief hiatus, the “Snow Babies” contest, a beauty pageant for babies, was a big hit in its return.

“The Kids Zone was well attended by probably well more than 250 people. We’ve had that event for the past 10 or 12 years,” Mr. Fukes said. “The Snow Baby contest was brought back. Two years ago was the last time we had it. This year a couple of the girls wanted to bring it back, and it came back with a bang. I believe they had 33 or 34 participants.”

One of the large fundraising events was a softball tournament, held at the Pit Stop Diner in North Lawrence. The tournament garnered approximately $1,600, according to Mr. Fukes.

The president added that next year’s carnival theme should be decided fairly soon, after six options were put up for vote to the public at the start of the carnival.

“What we did is we took six different themes for next year, and we handed out paper work at the opening ceremonies. We put them on all of the seats asking what they would like for next year. We haven’t counted them up yet,” he said.

Garth Depuy and Lt. Colonel Michelle Huckins, both from Brasher, were named the King and Queen of this year’s carnival, but there were plenty of others in the court.

They included: Butch Shorette and Peggy Dashnaw, Paul and Kathy LaClair and Senior King and Queen Gene Dissotelle and Carol Flint from the Quad Town Senior Citizens Club. St. Lawrence Central School seniors Thane Ramsdell and Macy Fountaine were named the prince and princess.

Mr. Fukes said that the Winter Carnival Committee really lucked out with this year’s weather, and that was only one component that made this year’s edition particularly successful.

“This was probably one of the best winters for the winter carnival. The temperatures weren’t that bad. You couldn’t have asked for better weather for the snowmobile races and the parade. The weather was really good Thursday night straight through Saturday night. Sunday was a bit colder, but still not bad,” he said.

“We definitely met all of our expectations, especially with the (opening) dinner. Things were kind of slow at first, but the last week or 10 days turned out really strong. The closing dinner was also definitely more than what we thought we were going to get.”




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