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Polar Plunge, other Polar Fest events will be held this weekend -- Zorbaz dance was a hit

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DETROIT LAKES -- Freezing temperatures, whipping winds and blizzard conditions may have postponed some Polar Fest events in Detroit Lakes last weekend, but a tropical sun was still shining on Saturday night's dance at Zorbaz.

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Zorbaz employee Tate Jansen said the "Welcome to Polaritaville" dance was a success, with some people waiting for seats and some standing room-only moments.

"It was great," Jansen said.

While the weather may have postponed the Freeze Your Buns Run, Old-Timers Pond Hockey, the Polar Plunge and the winter fireworks until this weekend, it didn't keep the revelers from the dance at Zorbaz.

"If it did, they'd have been hard-pressed to find any room," Jansen said. The "Welcome to Polaritaville" dance, also sponsored by the Lakes Area Parrot Heads, packed the building. Admission to the event was a free will donation to the Boys and Girls Club.

Other Polar Fest events able to go on included the "Ice Tee Golf Tournament," the Daddy's Little Sweetheart Dace, and the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra concert.

Polar Fest continues this Saturday, Feb. 16, with events that were postponed on Feb. 9.

Registration for the Freeze Your Buns Run will be at 8 a.m. at the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center, with the race beginning at 9 a.m.

Old-Timers Pond Hockey will start at 10 a.m. on Little Detroit Lake, in front of the pavilion. Registration for the Polar Plunge will be at 11 a.m. at Lakeside Tavern. Those making the chilly jump (or who want to watch the event) will do so at 1 p.m. on Little Detroit Lake. The last Polar Fest activity, the Winter Fireworks at the DL City Beach, will start at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Hopefully the weather will be better this weekend. The National Weather Service is forecasting highs in the mid 20s, light snow, and partly sunny skies for Saturday.

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