“To see the different aspects of it, what goes on behind (the scenes). There’s so much more,” said King, chair of the 2013 Corner Brook Winter Carnival Committee.
“Even though you think you know how it runs, you don’t. You see it from a totally different perspective and it’s just amazing.”
And see it she did.
From the opening to the closing and all points in between, King not only took in everything on the carnival schedule, but also helped out where needed.
“You put your hands in everything,” she said. “You want to know what’s going on.”
She said it was good to see some new events like Academy Canada’s Bazinga trivia contest, and some repeats like The Western Star’s Snow-Go, attracting crowds. But it was number of people who took in all the events that was the highlight for her.
“You put your heart and soul into it for a year and you hope that each event is going to go off well and be well attended.”
She said the community really comes together during carnival, and Mother Nature also did her part. Except for one day, King said, the weather during carnival was great and that helped to draw the crowds.
King’s public role as chair ended with the closing ceremonies on Sunday, but there’s still a bit of work to be done before Anne Marie Coleman, this year’s vice-chair and next year’s chair, starts work on planning the 2014 winter festival. King said the carnival committee will hold a wrap-up meeting in the next few weeks to review reports from the various sub-committees. By mid-March she expects Coleman will start calling people and booking for next year.