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Hackensack's winter festival 'Back to Hack' offers events Jan. 24-26

A full schedule of events kicks off on Thursday, Jan. 23 with the first clue to the medallion hunt released at 10 a.m. at participating businesses. Work on the snow sculptures also begins.

Friday, Jan. 24

Medallion hunt second clue announced at 10 a.m.

8 p.m. - Warm up for Back to Hack with High NRG DJ at Birchwood Char House & Bar

8 p.m. - Dance at the Hackensack Legion

Saturday, Jan. 25

8 a.m. - Frost Bite Your Fanny Fun Run registration at the Visitor’s Center. Pre-registration available.

9 a.m. - Race from Lucette statue. First 50 persons registered receive a stocking hat.

10 a.m. - Final clue for medallion hunt

11 a.m. - Treasure hunt. Maps available at Visitor’s Center. Pick up prizes at Fire Hall by 3 p.m.

11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Pulled pork sandwiches by Let’s Go Fishing (Thrivent Financial) at Hackensack Senior Citizen Center

Noon to 3 p.m. - Paul Bunyan Family Ice Fishing Contest on Birch Lake. $10 per person. Prizes for largest fish caught by adult and youth. First 25 fish caught receive a prize.

Noon until gone - Chili feed at Hackensack Legion

Noon - Registration for PAMDA Penguin Plunge.

1 p.m. - PAMDA Penguin Plunge on Birch Lake

2-3:30 p.m. - Sleigh rides by Action Entertainment depart from Lucette statue

5 p.m. - Snow sculpting finished

5:30 p.m. - Community bonfire and free hot dogs

6 p.m. - Fireworks over Birch Lake

7 p.m. - High NRG Entertainment Game Show at Hackensack Fire Hall

Sunday, Jan. 26

Noon - Raffle drawing, announcement of snow sculpture winner at Birchwood Char House and Bar

Note: all activities subject to snow and ice conditions.

Back to Hack Raffle

Back to Hack Raffle tickets available for $2 each.

Grand prize is $1,000 cash. Other prizes include $500 gift card to Do It Best Hardware, two tickets to Moondance Jam, 10 yards of class 5 from Mike’s Sand and Gravel, two tickets to Moondance Country Jam, $50 certificate to Southwide Fuel Plus, $50 certificate to Swanson’s Bait, $50 certificate to Birchwood Char House & Bar.

All certificates donated by the respective businesses.

For more information contact the Hackensack Chamber of Commerce at 218-675-6135 or visit

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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