It was not an easy decision when we cancelled this year’s Caro 150 Winter Fest. We are greatly aware that this decision not only affected us but the entire community. One of our key goals for this event is to help build up our community by bringing in new business and spending dollars. It saddened us to see our hotel parking lots empty and to know our restaurants and stores were doing less business. Though, looking back at last weekend’s crazy weather and the power outage across most of Caro maybe it was a decision guided by a higher power.
Despite having to cancel the event a few of the activities carried on. The crowning of the Caro 150 Winter Fest Princess at the Thumb Area Center for the Arts, the Winter Fest Princess Makeovers at Town & Country Bridal, and the live entertainment at Brentwood Saturday night. To those volunteers and organizers we send out a sincere thank you, including: Caro 150 Winter Fest Princess Pageant Committee members Holly Sbresny, Colleen Russell, Jena Becker, Lucy Hellickson and Krystal Rayl; the sponsors of the Princess Pageant – Northstar Bank and Pattullo and Sons Sports; owner of Town & Country Bridal, Josephine Spaulding, and her staff; those who supported the Winter Fest Princess Makeovers – Mikel, Kayla and Brooke from Innovations Salon, Kristine from Barb’s Hair Gallery, Laura from LC Make-up Artistry, Jennifer from Jennifer Hartwick TuTus, and Michelle Taylor and her mom from Taylor Photography; and to Brentwood owners Lori Comment and Kenny Beachy. We cannot truly thank you enough.
Another thank you goes to our ice race track builders. They begin building the track more than a month in advance. They had a good foundation of about 4” of ice on the track when the warm weather and rains hit. We’ve had to rebuild the track before but this year the weather had destroyed it beyond repair. So, to those fellows who work long hours in the middle of the night, we thank you tremendously for all your efforts, including: Randy Humpert and his crew, R&R Farms, R&R Racing, Mark Timko, Robert TerBush, and Rick Lipan.
We also must thank the many area businesses and people who had raised their hands and opened their checkbooks to support this year’s event. Our event continues because of their support. This year’s sponsors have already been contacted and given the opportunity to have their donations refunded or carried over to 2014.
And, yes, speaking of 2014, there will be a Caro 150 Winter Fest. In fact, we are already in the works of planning next year’s event. Of course, we can’t control Mother Nature as evident this year but our top priority for next year will be to create an event that can withstand the cancellation of the races and allow the festival to continue on. One key to making this happen is a need for more event organizers. We need volunteers to not only work the event but to help in the planning by chairing select activities throughout the festival weekend. Interested volunteers can contact Deb Lipan at (989) 673-7424.
Again, we thank our sponsors, volunteers and the community for their continued support of the Caro 150 Winter Fest & Snowmobile Races.
See you next year,
Debra Lung-Lipan, President
Kris C. Reinelt, Board Member