This past Saturday marked a night of laughter and celebration highlighting a shared passion for community at the annual 2018 Midwinter Community Celebration hosted by the Granite Falls Chamber of Commerce.

"The Chamber supports community, by coming out to support events like this tonight, you are helping the Chamber do this work," said outgoing Chamber board member, Greg Holmstrom, as he addressed the crowd as the evening's Master of Ceremony.

This year's Midwinter Celebration was held at Granite Falls’ newest dining establishment "The Rock." There, event-goers were treated to a full country style dinner and were afforded the opportunity to peruse and bid on silent auction items with all proceeds supporting the local Chamber of Commerce initiatives. Additionally, the evening's headline performance by comedian "Roger Radley" incited the audience into rancorous laughter time and again.

"I was really impressed with the crowd here tonight in Granite Falls, said Radley. "I can really say, in all of my years of performing, Granite Falls is the most recent crowd I've ever had."

All told, 142 tickets were sold for the evening, according to Chamber of Commerce Director Mary Gillespie, which is under the 200 average for the event. This could not be seen in the crowd’s enjoyment of the evening. Gillespie said it was great to see so much support as often the efforts and impact of the Chamber can go unrecognized.

"A lot of places, other states, learn about Granite Falls based on advertising done by the Chamber," she said.