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It’s time to gear up for Polar Fest 2014

The collection of Polar Fest “logo wear” and other swag is available at the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce from now through Sunday, Feb. 16. DL NEWSPAPERS/Vicki Gerdes

With the start of Detroit Lakes’ 2014 Polar Fest celebration now less than a week away, the time is now to start gearing up for spending your days out in the cold — and festival organizers can help.

The popular fleece scarves featuring the Polar Fest logo are back, in shades of red, light blue and navy blue, available at the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce, 700 Summit Ave., at a cost of $15 each.

“This year we’ve also added a warm fleece headband, to keep your ears warm while you’re enjoying all the activities,” said Amy Degerstrom, co-chair of the Polar Fest planning committee.

The headbands, also featuring the festival logo, are gray, with black trim, and are available for $12 each.

“These items are all produced locally at Lakeshirts,” Degerstrom added.

Another new item in the memorabilia collection this year is a cookbook, “Eat & Explore Minnesota” by Christy Campbell, which includes an informational page about Polar Fest as well as seven local recipes scattered throughout the 272-page tome.

“They talk about Polar Fest, and include all of (festival mascot) Polar Pete’s favorite recipes,” said Degerstrom’s counterpart, committee co-chair Sue Trnka.

“Discover Minnesota… like you’ve never tasted it before,” claims the blurb on the book jacket. The cookbooks are $18 each.

Commemorative Polar Fest enamel pins are also available for $5.

All of the items are on sale at the Chamber of Commerce, while the cookbook is also available at La Barista, inside the Washington Square Mall.

Proceeds from the sale of the “logo wear” and other commemorative items will benefit Polar Fest’s annual “Frozen Fireworks” display, which this year takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 on the Detroit Lakes City Beach.

“We are still gratefully accepting donations for the fireworks,” Degerstrom said, adding that checks and cash donations can be dropped off at the Detroit Lakes city offices, or mailed there (make sure to address them to City of Detroit Lakes-Polar Fest, 1025 Roosevelt Ave., P.O. Box 647, Detroit Lakes MN 56502, and make the checks out to Polar Fest 2014).

Degerstrom and Trnka said everyone should wear their new Polar Fest gear to take part in the festival, which kicks off this Friday, Feb. 7 and continues through Sunday, Feb. 16 in Detroit Lakes.

“We have about 30 family-friendly, fun winter activities to come out and enjoy,” Degerstrom said.

“Polar Pete’s on his way here, and he’s excited,” said Trnka, noting that people should “friend” him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter for more information.

A full schedule of Polar Fest events, as well as registration information and more, is available at the festival’s website,

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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