Castalia crowded for Cold Creek Celebration

CASTALIA Kings, queens, a kitty named Fitty, beds on wheels, juiced up tractors, elephant ears, and,
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010



Kings, queens, a kitty named Fitty, beds on wheels, juiced up tractors, elephant ears, and, oh yeah, the CoCoBeanOs -- this year's Cold Creek Celebration had it all.

Celebration coordinator Randy Day estimates more than 10,000 people attended Cold Creek festivities throughout the weekend, which he said may be a record.

"We had probably half that last year," Day said during cleanup on Sunday. "We had an extreme celebration."

Day said bad weather, and extreme heat kept attendance low at last year's event. But additional food vendors and a newly-added food court combined with favorable weather to help make this year's celebration a huge success.

Newly selected Cold Creek Queen, Shelby Stierhoff, 16, won two titles over the weekend, one as an individual and one as a team member.

As Castalia's new queen, she received her tiara on Friday, and her five-member bed-racing team, Four Queens and a King, won the race Saturday evening.

Stierhoff shared her bed-racing title with the three other Cold Creek Queen finalists, Ashley Hughes, Lauren Schaufler and Kayla Munk, along with James Schaufler.

Hannah Miller and Cameron Brace, both age 5, won this year's Cold Creek Miss and Master contest.

Hannah is the daughter of Castalia's Holly Miller. Cameron is the son of Bayview's Bryan and Denna Brace.

During Saturday's pet parade downtown, Maklyia Meggitt and her dog, Rocky, won the title of best dog while Karina Haycock and her kitty, named Fitty, took first place for best cat.

Barb Mazur won the title of best chocolate chip cookie recipe in town during Saturday's baking contest, a title that was reaffirmed during Saturday night's baking contest raffle.

Mazur's cookies sold for $100 and the raffle raised about $1,230 for local charities and next year's Cold Creek Celebration, according to Day.

Margaretta Township Trustee Joe Bias, was also pleased with how the celebration turned out.

"It was a great and wonderful weekend," he said on Sunday. "The weather was beautiful. Everybody had fun. The bands were great."

The Cold Creek Celebration was more than just a good time for some. It boosted sales at local businesses like Bar 101, owned by Carl "Slim" Krawetzki, who's been there for 43 years.

Krawetzki said his bar did at least four times its normal business this weekend.

"We did really well. We had a good time," he said.

Castalia Farms beat ASC Incorporated 17-7 to win the men's softball tournament title.