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 email@example.com .
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.
2015 Canoe Carnival Results: Congratulations!
Grand Prize: Do you believe in Magic - OTR - 588 points
1st prize: Dancing in the Moonlight - Scrub Pines - 553 points
2nd prize: Star Oars "A New Float"- Barely Afloat Group - 434 Points
1st Prize: Girl Power - Medford Lakes Women's Club - 416 Points
2nd Prize: Straight Line Winds -Medford Lakes Lions Club - 289 Points
1st Prize: Space Paddlers From Beyond - Medford Methodist Church - 520 Points
2nd Prize: Ice Cream - You Scream - Nutt N Butt Paddles - 480 points
1st Prize: Knee Keep in Paradise - The Parrotheads - 496 Points
2nd Prize: Even Minions Love Being Girl Scouts - GS Troop 23038 - 314 points
3rd Prize: Stairway to Heaven - Hardwick Family Float - 292 points
Suggested Category (Spirit of ML)
1st Prize: Begin at the Beginning - Mad Paddlers - 504 Points