As spring slowly creeps up on us after what has been a brutal winter, it is time to look ahead to warmer days. It is no doubt that Pequot Lakes is home to many wonderful community festivals that draw people from near or far to enjoy our beautiful area. Planning for these festivals starts well before the thaw and takes many volunteer hours to ensure successful events.
Our Pequot Lakes Chamber office, part of the Brainerd Lakes Chamber, is busy planning this year’s Ice Fest in Breezy Point. These types of events don’t just happen. It takes a devoted, enthusiastic group of volunteers to pull off an event that draws more than 3,500 people to Pelican Lake. Ice Fest started in 1995 as an opportunity to promote the Breezy Point community in the winter. Etta Steffen, the Breezy Point city clerk at that time who was diagnosed with bone cancer in her early 40s, was the energy behind the first event and it is still hosted in her honor.