For years, in fact since the once hugely popular WinterFest died, the search has been on for an event that would bring people to Kimberley’s Platzl in the winter. Events have been tried, but nothing stuck — nothing hit just the right note and attracted the right amount of people.
Until Mayhem in the Platzl. Last Saturday night, the Platzl was jammed with people, all taking in the rail jam.
Organizers say the energy was unparalleled, as DJ music, a light show, a rail jam and a fashion show combined to bring more people out on a winter’s evening than have been seen in years, outside of the annual Light Up. Restaurants were doing a booming business as a mix of locals and visitors took in the action.
Presented by The Choice and Commit, Mayhem was all about showcasing Kimberley’s mountain culture and came together with a huge volunteer effort, great sponsor support and help from the City.
Snow was moved and contoured, rails were built and for one evening there was skiing and boarding downtown.
The Choice’s team snowboarder Anson won the First Annual Mayhem Rail Jam Cup. Stop by the Choice’s shop to see the cup, where it will be on display for the next year.
Organizers are grateful for the wide community support.
“Tons of prizes were handed out thanks to the Choice, Commit, Kootenay Mountain Works, Teck,Chalet GM and My Signs,” read a post-event press release.
“Adam Laurin owner of Commit, was on hand for announcing, as well as Ciaran Plant for the singing of O’Canada.
“King’s Cat General Contractor’s very skillful Bobcat operator Peter Hill helped move snow in creation and clean up of the rail jam.
“Support also came from the Summit Fund, a community program run by Kimberley Alpine Resort, as well as Invest Kootenay, CBT, and Teck. Mayhem was very lucky to have the expertise and hard work of Myc Pakula and Luke Meeds on site to design and build the course, especially during one of the busiest days of the year for the Resort. John Haner, Lisa Smith and Nancy Ricketts on hand with First Aid was a huge contribution, and Cara Wiseman and her team setting up light and sound with Ray’s Music.
“The City of Kimberley and Rockies Law Corporation’s in kind support was above and beyond. From waivers to dump trucks full of snow, this event was made possible with their support.
“Tourism Kimberley provided the professional support cinematographer and lighting designer Courtney Forester.
“Rail features were made possible by the support of Tyee Log Homes, Fabrite, and Meadowbrook Motors.
“Transportation to and from the event was supplied by Simply Kimberley.
The evening concluded with Fashion Mayhem, which was a great success and display of Kimberley’s fashion. Organizers thank El Chupcabra, Leaf Boutique db Natural Attractions, Hands on evolution, Divine Designs, Root for Me fand Back on the Rack for showing beautiful outfits.
Grubstake provided fuel for volunteers with a delicious pizza lunch during the set up. With such great success another rail jam next year is a given. If you would like to be part of the Mayhem 2015 please contact Cora Miller @ Cora_M@live.com.
In the meantime, check out Mayhem’s Facebook page for more on the event.