You’ve been put in charge of organizing the annual international Snow Festival on the natural ice-rink of your village center. Tell us all about it!
It was submitted by Tamara from: https://thethreegerbers.blogsp
Thanks Tamara, I think. 😉
I can not begin to imagine why someone would put me in charge of a Snow Festival! Seriously, why would you even have one? If you’ve been around this Southern Belle for any length of time, you know how much I dislike snow….
But since I am the one running the show I reckon I can set it up just like I would a car show. And we all know I am good at organizing a car show. Lord knows I’ve done enough of them. Ok, so what would I do? First I would call all those awesome people that I planned car shows with all those years. We are a great team, we each have different things we bring to the table and well, we’re awesome together.
First I need to find out what a natural ice-rink is vs non natural ice-rink……. in case you don’t know either, here is the definition from Wikipedia:
An ice rink (or ice skating rink) is a frozen body of water and/or hardened chemicals where people can ice skate or play winter sports. Besides recreational ice skating, some of its uses include ice hockey, bandy, rink bandy, ringette, broomball, speed skating, figure skating, ice stock sport and curling as well as exhibitions, contests and ice shows. There are two types of rinks in prevalent use today: natural, where freezing occurs from cold ambient temperatures, and artificial (or mechanically frozen), where a coolant produces cold temperatures in the surface below the water, causing the water to freeze. There are also synthetic ice rinks where skating surfaces are made out of plastics.
All right, now we know.
The date is set and the location is confirmed, and we’ve chosen a charity to donate too, I have the proper permits, I know my “target” audience and presumably I know what sort of things ice skaters/snow people like (I really don’t but for this we are going to pretend I do)
I can only assume that ice skaters and people who like snow are like car people and they will need food. Lots of food! So food vendors are lined up. Food vendors are tricky! I have to be sure they have the proper permits, along with the proper sort of insurance.
So I have food handled, now what? Music! Yep you’ve got to have music. It sets the tone, it makes people happy and well, maybe we don’t want them dancing on ice skates? I have no clue on that one, so to be on the safe side, no dancing, just good music! Since we need music I am going to call my buddy Tommy Tunes. If you can name the song, he has it and he provides a nice mix of old and new. Just be prepared to be grooving to an oldie you love that is rudely interrupted by “Devil With A Blue Dress On ” by Mitch Rider & The Detroit Wheels. It’s one of Mike’s favorite songs and he always plays it when he sees me walking around.
People like free stuff, so I spend 6 months begging from various businesses for free items of things ice skaters and snow people like (remember I have no clue). Now that I have that handled, I have to remember to buy tickets. We’ll sell them for $1 a ticket or 6 for $5. Periodically throughout the day I’ll shake up the decorated shoe box I have them in and draw a winner.
So what else do people do at a Snow Festival? Guess I better find some vendors. I prefer to have vendors that sell handcrafted items. BUT I have to be careful……I can’t have too many of one sort of vendor. If you do, no one makes any money. I think I also need vendors that have snow things? Coats, hats, mittens? What else do people who like snow and ice skating like? Someone help me out here, please……
Making sure you have enough port-a-potties is crucial. I cannot stress this enough! Especially in the snow! (I think). I need to be sure I don’t have to have a separate permit for that. I have to walk the ice-rink (Lord help me, I am going to fall on my butt and break something, I just KNOW it) and figure out where to set them.
There are a million other details that I won’t bore you to tears with. Trust me, for something like this put your life on hold for 6 months, lose sleep and make a jazillion lists and check them often. Keep pen and pencil by the bed. WRITE it down when it crosses your mind. Because if you don’t you won’t think of it till the day of the Festival and then it’s too late. Yep, that is experience talking here folks.
Wake up at 3 a.m. the day of the festival, be on site by 4 a.m. and start checking and double checking every single little thing on all of those lists. When it’s time for the festival to get started, cry because you think no one will show up. Then you can cry an hour later when you look up and see all those people, having all that fun. Enjoying all your work and telling you how easy you make it all look and it has to be the best Snow Festival ever.
Count the money, cover the out of pocket costs and smile when you realize how much money raised for your charity…….
Finally, at about midnight, after you’ve had a good cry (again) because you’re so tired, fall into bed and sleep well.
That’s how you do it. If you have any questions, just let me know. If you want to have an event and not sure where to start, well I can get you started……….
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