Congratulations to Wiser Budz winner Grand Prize with "Free Ride"
Congratulations to all of the Float Builders - Your talent is amazing! If this was not the best Canoe Carnival ever it was in the top ten for sure. It rained before and after the Parade of Floats for a spectacular event. Thank you to all of the Canoe Carnival Committee Members, volunteers, Float builders, donors, spectators, judges, Borough crew, police, firemen, party hosts, and everyone else who made it all possible. Gary Miller, Canoe Carnival Chair, you are wonderful!
The Results are in:
Grand Prize Winner: (Correction made):
Wiser Buds with 473 points for “Free Ride”
Tiered Division – Shawnee Winners:
On The Rocks with 472 points for “Two Tickets to Paradise”
Mad Paddlers with 461 points for “Sweet-E-Motion”
Medford United Methodist Church with 452 points for “Croc Rock”
Motorheads with 398 points for “Beers to You Medford Lakes”
Tiered Division – Neeta Winners:
Nut-N-Butt Paddlers with 454 points for “Magical Lakes”
Barely Afloat with 451 points for “Never Forget”
Up-N-Comers with 411 points for “It’s On Like Donkey Kong”
Canoe Kids On the Block with 408 points for “Tre Hardwick’s Day Off”
Tiered Division – Nokomis Winners:
A Group Named Sioux with 388 points for “Bob Marlin Jamming with the Jellies”
The Reed Gang with 319 points for “Super Mario’s Fireball”
Single Canoe Winners:
Hardwick Family with 398 points for “Help”
The Leftovers with 389 points for “’Bear’ Necessities”
Which Way is Up? with 341 points for “Snoopy vs. the Red Baron”
On The Rocks Express with 331 points for “After Midnight”
Girl Scout Troop 23028 with 140 points for “Friends Across the Pond”
Organization Category Float Winners:
Medford Lakes Women’s Club with 405 points for “A League of Our Own”
Lions Club with 353 points for “For Those out on the Docks”
Girl Scout Troop 24252 with “We Go Together”
Please note that, due to an unfortunate tabulation error made Saturday night, Wiser Budz did not receive 10 points that were actually given. With these added, this makes Wiser Budz the 2016 Canoe Carnival Grand Prize winners.
All judges’ votes were examined by me personally on Tuesday and no other errors were discovered. So all announced winners in all other categories remain intact.
This situation is most regrettable and I sincerely apologize to OTR and the Wiser Budz and anyone else inconvenienced by this error. OTR’s disappointment is most understandable yet in the face of it all, they remained gracious and understanding. You showed great class.
Please be assured that all proper measures will be taken to correct this situation from occurring in the future.
Again, my apologies to OTR and my Congratulations to Wiser Budz’.
Sincerely, Gary Miller, Canoe Carnival Chairmen
Queen Kate McLoughlin and King James Rudman
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEW QUEEN AND KING!
Announcing our 2016 Queen: Kate McLoughlin
Announcing our 2016 King: James Rudman
Thank you to everyone who voted!
Joining Kate and James on the Canoe Carnival float, August 6th around Lower Aetna Lake will be Gabi Bencivenga, Francesca Bonamo, Samantha Davies, Alana Leomporra, Kayla McDonald, Emma Nolan, David Bonamo, Kevin Doolin, Tim Estacio, and Patrick Hurley
There is an incredible amount of work that goes into this crowning event. Every detail is important and coordinated by a volunteer – Stephanie Kassel Doherty. Thank you to Stephanie for her willingness to take this task on year after year and make it exceptional. Thank you to Ed and Giovanna Pilch who work so hard to assist Stephanie with the pageant and for coordinating the building the Queen/King float for the Canoe Carnival again this year.
Not only does Stephanie secure gifts and prizes from local sponsors so that each contestant will go home with incredible favors, she also generously donates a $500.00 scholarship to the King and another $500.00 scholarship to the Queen. THANK YOU Stephanie Kassel Doherty once again. Your generosity is over the top generous and so appreciated by everyone who knows it is all done with love.
Additional thanks to the sponsors: Beneficial Bank, The Canoe Carnival Committee, Hallmark, Haines & Haines / T. C. Irons Agency, Image Beauty, J. S. Braddocks & Kathleen Scales, Kronenberger’s Fine Jewelry, Lakes Office Supply, L. B. Daniels Restaurant, Medford Bagel Shop, Medford Fitness, McDonald’s – Medford, Nadine Janet Salon & Spa, Nutrition Works, The Painted Turtle, Patty B’s Hats and Tees, Philly Pretzel Factory, Pine Creek Farm, P. J. Whelihan’s Pub, Riviera, The Sand Stand, Yesterday & Today, and Zinc Café
LION HEART AWARD
Congratulations to Tim Estacio as he was selected by Stephanie Kassel-Doherty to receive the Lion Heart Award at the Canoe Carnival Dance Party. This award and scholarship is given annually in memory of Bryan Doherty to the contestant who has best demonstrated courageous character and is known as being brave hearted.
Canoe Carnival is a unique and fun Colony event. With the hope of getting more people to participate, the Canoe Carnival Committee is making a number of changes to this happening. They involve the Canoe Carnival Party (the Saturday before carnival), revamping the adult entry categories and scoring. These changes will be detailed in future issues of the news for your review and comment with the hope these new concepts will expand this community event. The committee appreciates your past support and welcomes your feedback.
When you talk with many ‘old time’ float builders they say some of their best friendships were started when they built floats together. Are you a new colonist, part of a neighborhood group or just someone who has thought about getting involved? There are people/programs to help get you started, why not become part of the fun?
The committee appreciates your past support and welcomes your feedback. Send your comments or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org .
CANOE CARNIVAL 2016 - Float Categories
The biggest change proposed for 2016 is in the adult categories. Juvenile, Single Canoe, Organizational and Non-competitive categories will remain the same. The Regular, Comedy and Theme (and all other) categories are being eliminated. They will be replaced by Small, Medium and Large and maybe extra-large or possibly A, AA and AAA. When a group submits their entry they will be asked to submit a list of all of their members. Prior to Carnival groups will be tiered based on their group size and the number of entries received. This will allow groups to compete against others of similar size and not to be grouped in with much larger groups with presumably more resources. The judges scoring criteria will remain the same but the awards will be distributed based float group size. There will still be a Grand Prize based on the Judges scoring.
Why is this change being made? It is apparent that larger groups have more resources to draw from, namely manpower and money. We believe this change will provide the opportunity for new/small groups to enjoy the fun of Carnival and also experience success within their means. Groups who win will still receive 10 small plates with the ability to purchase additional plates for their group. However, additional plates may only be purchased for those listed on the entry form. Couples will count as 2 members but only be eligible for 1 plate. The size parameters (which can change each year based on the number of entries) will be explained in the Carnival program for spectators.
CANOE CARNIVAL 2016 - Judges Scoring
Another change that will be implemented this year is with the treatment of the Judges Scoring. Although many do not always agree with their decision, it is their impression of what they see. We have found over the years that some judges see everything through rose colored glasses and others just seem to struggle with a given category. We are attempting to normalize this situation by throwing out one high and one low score for each judging category, just using those in between. This should help with the situation of losing your sound or lights briefly and passing a judge during that outage. Passing multiple judges during that outage will still have a negative effect on your overall score because only one low score is ignored. Score sheets will still be available to contestants so that they can improve upon their presentation. The scores ignored will show on these sheets.