Gun Lake Winterfest 2018 is Saturday, February 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Yankee Springs State Park, 2104 South Briggs Road in Yankee Springs Township.
Winterfest will include many of the classics that have made this festival popular, including an opening ceremony from the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, an ice fishing tournament, the Polar Bear Dip and the Little Miss Gun Lake pageant, And, don't miss new events such as Gun Lake Idol, a beer tasting tent, a disc golf challenge, a 5K Run/Walk and much, much more, according to the DNR website.
On the way out to the celebration of snow and winter, stop in at the firefighter’s pancake, eggs and sausage breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Gun Lake Community Church. Look for fire trucks in the parking lot.
If you’re into craft beer, you may want to get in on the .05 beer run to the craft beer tasting tent. First 10 winners get a free t-shirt and one free beer tasting ticket. Entry into the Fishing Tournament starts at 6 a.m. on the 17th, the tournament starts at 7 a.m. and weigh in is no later than 3 p.m. There will be pike and pan fish categories.
The beer tent will have brewers from several companies to explain the beer making process and how to truly enjoy a bottle of beer. The Home Team Disc Golf Challenge starts at 10 a.m.
The local winners of the karaoke dream competed to be a semi-finalist in January. The top five from the master semifinals go to the platform stage at Winterfest to compete for $500, $250 or $100 prizes.
The ever-popular Polar Dip is set to splash at 4 p.m. with registration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fee is $25-$30 depending on shirt size.
For a full list and details of events both onsite and off, visit www.gunlakewinterfest.com
Winterfest Logo by Anna Fifelski, Wayland Union School.