“I think it was a blast and I think everyone had a great time,” Winterfest President Kevin Galbavi said. “I think we had an excellent turnout.”
Galbavi said the Friday night event had 25 teams participate.
“We grow by a couple of teams every year,” he said.
With the temperature being above average for this time of year, event organizers said it brought more people to watch the event as well.
“I can tell you for sure there was definitely more people,” Galbavi said at the races Friday. “There was a bigger crowd and a bigger turnout tonight.”
Despite the warmer temperatures and lack of snow, event organizers were able to truck in nine dump trucks filled with snow to make a track for the event.
“We’ve been doing this for four years and we’ve hauled it in every year," Galbavi said. "We’ve got it taken care of down at Mulligan’s Hollow.”
Race attendees said they were excited to participate in a community event.
Dan Luckey, a Grand Haven resident who has participated in the sled race for the past three years, said he always enjoys coming to it.
“Its an absolute blast,” he said. “It’s the whole community coming out and celebrating the winter, and celebrating how neat a community we have and how engaged everyone is.”
Luckey said his team took second place last year and liked the camaraderie with the other people in attendance.
“It’s a bunch of fun people out there having laughs and just a great time," he said. "Hats off to the committee that put everything together."
The winners for this year’s race were the Wolf Pack. Second place went to The Losers and third place went to the Sled Dogs. The award for most spirited team went to the Grand Haven Gringos.
Winterfest continues today in Grand Haven with the Family Dog Pull at Mulligan’s Hollow at 9:30 a.m., the Cardboard Sled Race at 11 a.m. at the Ski Bowl, Kids Day at the Tri-Cities Family YMCA from 1-4 p.m., and the luau at the waterfront at 7 p.m.
On Sunday is a ski and snowboard competition at the Ski Bowl from 1-3 p.m., a polar plunge at Chinook Pier at 1 p.m., and a snow angel decorating competition at Central Park at 3 p.m.