Finding winter fun at WinterFest in Crosslake

Medallion found by same team for second year; SoupFest winners listed

Man offering bowl of soup
Alex Barnall offers a bowl of Zorbaz lasagna soup during the Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022, Crosslake WinterFest Soupfest.
Travis Grimler / Echo Journal

CROSSLAKE — Crosslake WinterFest's annual SoupFest was a perfect match for the snow and cold that moved in Saturday, Feb. 5.

Little girl colors shopping tote
Finley Ross colors a shopping tote at Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant and Bar in Crosslake during the Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022, WinterFest event.
Travis Grimler / Echo Journal

Businesses all over Crosslake threw their hats in the ring for the annual competition, but as always one came out on top. The Judges' Choice winner was Cedar Chest's rich beef stroganoff soup.

The annual Crosslake Winterfest attracted a crowd to enjoy soups of all kind.

Other soups throughout town were hot on their heels. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway's "Me So Hungry" soup (a combination of chicken noodle soup, butternut squash and spaetzel) took home the People's Choice award in the amateur category.

Andy's Bar and Grill, which served up a mean bowl of chicken bacon ranch soup, won the People's Choice award in the culinary category.

Army Corps of Engineers member stirs giant soup pot.
Corrine Hodapp with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stirs her "Me So Hungry" soup, a combination of chicken noodle, butternut squash and spaetzle that won the People's Choice award for the amateur category Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022.
Travis Grimler / Echo Journal

This hot competition was not the only attraction in town Feb. 5. People traveled from all around for a vendors fair, Italian Olympics, helicopter rides and special deals at community businesses.


Of course, no WinterFest is complete without the annual medallion hunt. The trinket was located Feb. 4 at the corner of County Road 66 and Daggett Pine Road by a team made up of Bryan Smith, Dan Linder, Rose Hoffman and Aaron Devine, of Circle Pines and Bloomington. These Crosslake summer cabin owners are the same team that found the medallion in 2021.

A seasonal team of medallion hunters made up of Crosslake cabin owners Bryan Smith, Dan Linder, Rose Hoffman and Aaron Devine, of Circle Pines and Bloomington, found the Crosslake WinterFest medallion hunt for the second year in a row Friday, Feb. 4, 2022.
Contributed / Crosslake Chamber of Commerce

The team won a bundle of locally donated merchandise valued at $2,300.

Travis Grimler is a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper in Pequot Lakes/Pine River. He may be reached at 218-855-5853 or

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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