The 2020 Polar Fest ends this weekend, with the Polar Fest Plunge and fireworks on Saturday, Feb. 15, and fishing derby and cross-country skiing Sunday, Feb. 16. (Click here for a calendar and more details.)
To get you ready, here are some scenes from the past week at Polar Fest.
And the winners are ...
The results from several Polar Fest competitive events that have taken place over the past week are now available.
Monday's Minnesota Sn'Ice High School Snow Sculpting Championship saw 13 teams from five area schools competing, with two teams from Lake Park-Audubon taking home both the first and second place honors.
Thaddeus McCamant took first place and Brooke Nickmark took second in the Sno-Way But Up foot race Feb. 9 at Detroit Mountain.
The Sno-Way But Round fat tire bike races Feb. 9 at Detroit Mountain were separated into men's and women's divisions, with Ben Olson and J.C. Larson taking first and second place, respectively, in the men's division. Brittany Diederich placed first in the women's division, while Heidi Olson placed second.
The winners of the Feb. 8 Great Polar Race — for the third year in a row — were the J-Mac team, which includes Melissa Bellefeuille, Cheri Coalwell, Angie Goodwater and Jenny Rusness. The Four Amigas team of Cora Martin, McKenna Mallow, Julia Lacher and Grace Friesen took home the consolation prize.
TEAM Industries won the Grand Champion plaque from the Minnesota Sn'Ice Business Snow Sculpting Competition Feb. 7, taking the top prize over teams from BTD and Wave 104.1.
Other Polar Fest happenings
Hundreds of people have been flocking to the Detroit Lakes City Park and Beach over the past week to view the Minnesota Sn'Ice Snow and Ice Showcase, which includes King Isbit's Royal Courtyard and Palatial Playground.
More than 70 people came to Detroit Mountain Tuesday night to hear Dr. Lee Frelich, University of Minnesota soil scientist, talk about "Trees and Climate Change in Minnesota." The event was co-hosted by the Prairie Woods Chapter of the Izaak Walton League and West Central Climate Action.
A good crowd was also on hand for Monday night's presentation at the Detroit Lakes Public Library by paddle boarder Jared Munch, who talked about his adventures traveling from Duluth to the Arctic Circle.
Two Wednesday events -- the Polar-palooza snow tubing races at Detroit Mountain and a Brown Bag Lunch history program -- were canceled, but the Polar Fest Putt did happen on Wednesday at the Washington Square Mall, with 55 total participants. The winners took home a total of $175 in Mall Bucks, according to Dawn Olson, the mall's general manager.
Over 100 beautifully colored versions of the Ice Palace, all done by area third-graders, are on display at Washington Square Mall. Also, the winning drawings from each class are on display at Dairy Queen. This includes the grand prize winner from Lake Park-Audubon Elementary.