‘Dive in’ into Polar Fest’s final weekend: Polar Plunge, tubing, fireworks and more are yet to come – Detroit Lakes Tribune
It seems like just a few days ago, the Detroit Lakes Polar Fest 2022 celebrations began, with a memorable opening weekend that included the grand lighting of the Ice Palace, frozen fireworks, two performances of the Fandazzi Fire Circus, a hot dish and a dessert bar. Challenge and a “Cool Kites on the Lake” kite festival, to name a few.
Although several events had to be postponed, delayed or even canceled due to bad weather, there is no shortage of visitors to attend the festival.
” It goes well ! said Chamber of Commerce President Carrie Johnston, one of the festival’s organizers. “The schedule has been a bit of a moving target, but I think people have participated and are happy to be at all the different events.”
Speaking of the “moving target” schedule, two events scheduled earlier this week have been postponed: Sunday’s “Try Cross Country Skiing” event on Little Detroit Lake and Monday night’s Polar Glow Night at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion. .
Polar Glow Night is now scheduled for Thursday, February 24 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Light up the night with glow sticks, music for kids, a hot chocolate bar and treats at this new event hosted by the Detroit Lakes Jaycees. No new date had yet been set for the cross-country event at press time.
Remaining open to visitors until this Sunday, the MN Sn’Ice Ice Palace on Detroit Lakes City Beach, along with a plethora of lighted snow and ice sculptures in the city park, where several trees also have been adorned with multicolored lights. The park’s outdoor poetic promenade and adjacent ice maze will also remain open throughout the weekend.
“The Ice Palace saw a lot of people from all over the United States of all ages,” Johnston said, “and this year being the biggest and longest Polar Fest we’ve had, there are still people going on. things. every day this week (weather permitting).”
As the 17-day festival heads into its final weekend, here’s a quick look at the remaining schedule:
- Tuesday, February 22: A “Polar-riffic” take-out spaghetti and meatball dinner, hosted by the Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary Club at the Holiday Inn Lakefront, with take-out prepared by the Holiday Inn and served by Noon Rotary members throughout time between 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
- Wednesday February 23: Washington Square Mall will host The Polar Putt from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 3-, 5-, or 7-foot Putt for a chance to win a variety of gift cards. No admission fees.
- Thursday, February 24: Tae Kwon Do Break-a-Thon, Washington Square Mall, 4:30-6:30 p.m., hosted by Detroit Lakes Detroit Lakes School of Tae Kwon Do and Kumdo; Polar Glow Night, hosted by the Detroit Lakes Jaycees at the DL Pavilion, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; and a Home Brew Tasting event, hosted by Bucks Mill Brewing at the Washington Square Mall from 5-8 p.m.
- Friday, February 25: Laser Tube After Dark, Detroit Mountain Recreation Area, 5-8:30 p.m.; Welcome to Polaritaville at the Shorewood Pub, 5:30-7:30 p.m., hosted by Lakes Area Parrot Heads and Lakes Area Imagination Library.
- Saturday February 26: Ice Harvest Exhibit, Detroit Lakes Pavilion, 12-5 p.m., hosted by the Becker County Museum; the 26th Annual Polar Fest Plunge to benefit the Detroit Lakes Boys & Girls Club, 1 p.m., Little Detroit Lake in front of Lakeside Tavern; and sending the festival off with a bang, Frozen Fireworks will take place at 7 p.m. on the ice of Little Detroit Lake.
- Sunday February 27: Sno-ga in the Park, hosted by 180 Balance at Detroit Lakes City Park from 11 a.m. to noon; Snowshoe Sunday, Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, 1-4 p.m., with a guided snowshoe hike beginning at 2 p.m. on the Bear Paw Spur Trail; Sweetheart Sundae Dance, Detroit Lakes Boys & Girls Club, 3-6 p.m. Hosted by the Miss Northwest Pageant, Historic Holmes Theater and Detroit Lakes Jaycees.
This weekend will also be the last opportunity to experience the “We Love Minnesota” showcase of local Seven Sisters Spirits breweries, distilleries and wineries; free samples will be served Friday 3-6pm and Saturday 1-3pm
“There are lots of fun photos and videos, and up-to-date event information, on the Detroit Lakes Polar Fest Facebook page,” Johnston noted; a full schedule of past and upcoming events is also online at polarfestdl.com.