Finding winter fun at WinterFest in Crosslake
Medallion found by same team for second year; SoupFest winners listed
CROSSLAKE — Crosslake WinterFest's annual SoupFest was a perfect match for the snow and cold that moved in Saturday, Feb. 5.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.