By all measures, Winterfest 2015 was a huge success. As President of the Buckeye Lake Region Chamber of Commerce I would like to thank the many businesses and members that supported the event.
A special thanks to Rich Hennessey and the Buckeye Lake Brewery. Rich and his crew jumped on board with their support for the event from the very beginning. Their enthusiasm was great – and their Coffee Stout and warm bagels were very welcome on a chilly morning. John Doneff’s Island House also opened its doors early, welcoming Winterfest goers with breakfast and Bloody Marys.
Tracy and Laura Higginbotham from the Buckeye Lake Winery embraced the idea of expanding their Polar Plunge event, providing musical entertainment – including a “music showdown” event – that packed the house on Saturday afternoon.
Support from our friends at The Sandbar, Copper Penny, Pizza Cottage and The Port also made the day a huge success. The Buckeye Lake Historical Society also opened its doors early and entertained visitors with a book reading and signing by local author, Patte Burgoon.
Our three financial partners, the Fairfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, Licking County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Commodore Bank, were also instrumental to the success of the event. Thank you for your financial support and dedicating your time to our Winterfest committee.
I would like to thank Mayor Clay Carroll and the Village of Buckeye Lake for their support, as well as Jason Wesley of Buckeye Lake State Park, who helped us obtain the necessary permits and safety protection for the event. And, finally, our appreciation to Village Police Chief Jimmy Hanzy and his officers who were available, along with the Buckeye Lake Village Fire Department, to ensure the safety of all Winterfest participants.
Great media coverage before, during and after the event helped us generate a buzz for this year’s inaugural Winterfest. Thank you to everyone who purchased an advertisement in the Buckeye Lake Winterfest flyer and to Kessler Sign Company for the billboard on Route 79 to help us promote the event.
Last but certainly not least, no event is a success without a crowd and we had a great crowd. Approximately 300 of you braved the cold morning to see Benny the Bass and then continued to visit the various businesses throughout the day. THANK YOU!
This truly was a Community and Region event. We can’t wait to see what Benny the Bass has planned for next year.
Timothy Ryan, President
Buckeye Lake Region Chamber of