Editor’s note: Mayor Julie Van Domelen sent this letter to the owners of Crabtree Entertainment, the company that put on the carnival for this year’s Good Old Days celebration. She wanted to share it with the community.
Dear Mr. Crabtree:
On behalf of the Town of Lyons, Colorado, I want to commend your company and employees for their exemplary response to a sudden extreme hailstorm that took place on Friday, June 28, during the Good Old Days Carnival. Your crew took immediate actions to shut down rides and protect the public. Several risked their own safety to help children caught out in
the hailstorm to find shelter. I understand one of your employees sustained a serious head injury from hail as he used his body to physically protect several small children from the onslaught. The Town would like to thank him and send our best wishes for his speedy recovery. Fortunately, all of your equipment held in place, avoiding what would have certainly been a greater number of injuries.
Good Old Days is a highlight event of our summer here in Lyons and without the quick thinking and reactions of your staff on the ground the hailstorm could have turned the celebration into a tragedy.
Mayor Julie Van Domelen