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Ice Fest festivities go on, despite lack of good ice

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Ezmae Fox, 2 of Brainerd tried her hand at fishing during the Breezy Point Ice Fest youth fishing contest on Saturday, Jan. 4. Travis Grimler / Echo Journal

Poor ice conditions prompted changes, but the annual Breezy Point Ice Fest celebration went on Friday-Sunday, Jan. 3-5.

Most notable was the pond hockey tournament, which still took place outside after being moved from the Pelican Lake ice at Breezy Point Resort to the outdoor hockey rink at the Breezy Point Hockey Arena.

Fishing was slow for the Saturday, Jan. 4, kids fishing contest on Pelican Lake, though the ice holes were all occupied for the majority of the event. The first fish reeled in was a 1-ounce large-mouth bass, caught by 2-year-old Maverick Beal.

Additional events included an outdoor corn-hole tournament, bonfire, sledding, horse-drawn wagon rides and other activities, many of which were not impacted by the ice conditions and allowed people to have fun outdoors.

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Ice Fest was established in 1995 in honor of the late Etta Steffen, former Breezy Point city clerk who always wanted a wintertime community celebration for families to enjoy in Breezy Point.

Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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