Black Star Barter Attracts Spectacular, Inspirational Offerings

By Beacon Staff

What would people do for a year’s supply (or 52 cases) of Black Star Beer? More than a thousand spectators, some from as far away as the South Pacific, found out Saturday during the Whitefish Winter Carnival and Black Star Beer Barter, hosted at the Great Northern Brewing Company.

Everything from an old bus to a fire dance were judged by a five-person panel, which included pro skiers Andy Mahre and Lynsey Dyer.

In the end, three entrees scored the top prize of a year’s supply of beer. The winners: Troy Nooroa, who traveled all the way from the Cook Islands, to present his fire-dancing skills; pro skaterboarders Al Partanen and David Gravette who wowed the crowd with endless tricks and jumps; and Parker Beeson, who offered his vintage 1970 Volkswagon Bus, dubbed the “ultimate party bus.”

A fourth offering also captivated the judges panel. Cancer survivor Peggy Miller pledged to walk 52 laps in an upcoming Relay for Life and the brewery offered a $5,000 donation to the American Cancer Society in her name.

To see what you may have missed, check out this video from the weekend’s festivities.