Sunrise Rotary fundraiser on track to break world record
September 30, 2016
When Main Street closes from the Swede Alley intersection to Heber Avenue on Oct. 22, rest assured it will be for a good cause.
That's when the Sunrise Rotary Club and the Wasatch Brewery will host the first Park City Shot Ski, an attempt to break the shot ski world record set by Breckenridge Distillery in Colorado, according to Rotary Club fundraiser director Connie Nelson.
"We're going to have 1,000 people lined up down Main Street who will drink shots at the same time," Nelson told The Park Record. "We will enlist these people to beat the Breckenridge record of 881."
The 1,000 people will stand side by side holding 350 skis that are fastened together, while servers will pour Wasatch Brewery's Premium Ale in little cups that are secured to the ski with Velcro.
Main Street will be closed to traffic starting at 10 a.m. to set up the shot ski, according to Park City Special Events Coordinator Tommy Youngblood.
"[Main Street] should open at around 3 p.m.," he said. "The shot is scheduled to take place at 2 p.m."
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Online registration is open and can be done by visiting http://www.wasatchbeers.com/shoski.
The cost is $15 for the shot ski and entrance to a beer garden, and $14 for only the beer garden.
"All the money will go to Sunrise Rotary grants that will be given out to nonprofit organizations in the Park City and Summit County area," Nelson said. "We typically give out between $20,000 and $25,000 a year. So we're hoping to raise about $10,000 to $15,000 during this event."
The shot is part of a Sunrise Rotary fundraiser that will coincide with the Wasatch Brewery's 30th anniversary. After taking the shot, participants will be invited to a beer garden for drinks, live music and games that will run until 6 p.m.
The 350 skis that will be bolted together to make the shot ski were either donated by the community or found by Rotary Club members.
"The thing that took so long to do was remove all the bindings so we could fasten the skis together," Nelson said. "While we will bolt them together at the ends, they will have a little sway in them, so we can accommodate the 1,000 people."
The cups will be filled by 40 TIPS-certified servers.
"After the cups are ready, [Wasatch Brewery owner] Greg Schirf will be at the top of Main Street with an air horn with [Egyptian Theatre] manager Randy Barton to make sure we all can take a drink at the same time."
The event is sponsored in part by Wasatch Brewery, according to Lauren Boyack, marketing manager for the Wasatch Brewery.
"This whole thing was serendipitous," Boyack said. "We heard a story about Breckenridge and the Ullr Festival where they set a world record with a shot ski."
She and the rest of the brewery staff thought a similar event would be fun to celebrate the anniversary.
"Our marketing director Judy Cullen attended a Park City Restaurant Association meeting, shortly there after," Boyack said.
During the meeting, Nelson and fellow Sunrise Rotary member Mike Luers proposed the ski shot, independent of Cullen.
"We found out about the shot ski when we went on the Park City Leadership tour last year to Breckenridge," Luers said. "We heard about it through their Rotary Club and we knew we had to beat Breckenridge at this."
The timing couldn't have been better, according to Boyack.
"We're excited to celebrate with the city and give back to the community," she said. "It's our hope that this can become a fun annual tradition as well as a fun competition with Breckenridge."
Luers and Nelson are grateful to Wasatch Brewery for the help in organizing the shot ski.
"They've been kind enough to work this out and did all the permitting while we did all the shot ski preparation," Luers said. "It took 80 hours to undo all the bindings, and crews started working on the skis a month ago."
Park City Sunrise Rotary and Wasatch Brewery will team for the first Park City Shot Ski on Saturday, Oct. 22. The event is a fundraiser for the Rotary, and part of the Wasatch Brewery's 30th anniversary celebration. Registration is open and can be done by visiting http://www.wasatchbeers.com/shotski.