WinterFest festivities go on despite chill
Chilly weather didn’t stop residents and visitors from enjoying old-fashioned winter fun in celebration of the 10th annual Crosslake WinterFest on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1-2.
The Crosslake office of the Brainerd Lakes Chamber hosted the weekend activities that included fireworks, SoupFest, dogsled and wagon rides, the Crosslake firefighters’ pancake breakfast, helicopter rides, a snowmobile rally and radar runs, ice car races, a vendor extravaganza and more.
The search for the lost 2013 WinterFest Medallion ended after only two clues. Jill Gibbs, Crystal Schmidt and China Held braved 18-below-zero temps to find the medallion early Friday morning at Daggett Pine Road near the Crosslake Lutheran Church outdoor worship site.
Friday evening’s Crosslake Community Center activities brought hundreds into town to enjoy the kid’s carnival, ice skating, a roaring bonfire and the first-ever fireworks display during WinterFest.
Plus, the town was abuzz with the addition of WCCO TV’s Frank Vascellaro and Chris Shaffer’s appearances in Crosslake as they broadcast the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts live from Crosslake. Crosslake was one of several stops the WCCO team made in the Brainerd lakes area as a part of a Going to the Lake promotional blitz coordinated with support of the Brainerd Lakes Chamber.
Saturday’s SoupFest had more than 250 votes cast, with the chamber awarding the Golden Ladle in the amateur division to the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Campground for its tasty batch of Paul Bunyan’s Camp Stew — a crowd favorite that was cooked in an iron cauldron over an open fire by Paul Bunyan himself.
The culinary division winner was Riverside Inn serving its Loaded Baked Potato Soup.