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The 'coolest' event in town: Polar Fest 2019 kickoff celebration set for Wednesday at Detroit Mountain

Rotarian Man looks ready to plunge into Polar Fest 2019 – are you? Then come to this Wednesday's kickoff meeting at Detroit Mountain. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)

It may seem as though February is a long time from now, but Propel DL, the 501(c)3 nonprofit in charge of organizing Polar Fest, is already starting to plan for Detroit Lakes' "coolest" celebration of 2019 — and they need some help to put it all together.

This Wednesday, Sept. 19, the members of Propel DL will be hosting a Polar Fest kickoff celebration at Detroit Mountain Recreation Area from 4-6 p.m.

"We want to start people thinking about Polar Fest," says Propel DL co-chair Jill Brandt. "Whether you're part of a group that's interested in hosting an event, or interested in becoming part of the Polar Fest committee, we're always looking for new volunteers and fresh faces."

Wednesday's festivities at Detroit Mountain will start off with a social, featuring an Ice Cream Sundae Bar hosted by the DL Ice Cream Truck.

"The meeting will start at about 4:30," said Brandt. "We're going to start off by talking about all the different aspects of Polar Fest. We have some of our annual events coming back, and we're also looking for new events to add to the schedule. We've had some interest from other groups (looking to host an event) that we're going to explore."

Polar Fest 2019 is scheduled to take place from Feb. 7-17. Some events that are already on the schedule for the festival include:

• Feb. 8: Daddy's Little Sweetheart Dance

• Feb. 9: Poles 'n Holes Fishing Derby

• Feb. 15: Ice Tee Golf

• Feb. 16: Freeze Your Buns Run

• Feb. 16: Boys & Girls Club Polar Fest Plunge

• Feb. 16: Frozen Fireworks

Besides Brandt and her co-chair, Beth Pridday, the other members of Propel DL include: Matt Davis, secretary; Megan Smith, treasurer; and directors Becky Mitchell, Jim Brogren and Carrie Johnston.

There is no cost to attend Wednesday's kickoff event. For more information, please visit, or send an email to

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 18-plus years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Detroit Lakes School Board. 

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