Maplewood State Park will host its annual Candlelight Ski event on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

The park’s 1-mile ski trail will be lighted with 150 candles for visitors to come and enjoy the evening, whether they prefer to ski, hike or snowshoe — or just stand around the campfire, chat with friends, and enjoy hot chili, s'mores, bars and hot drinks. You can even do both!

Maplewood State Park also has 20 sets of snowshoes that visitors can try out, but be sure to come early for the best selection. The chili will be hot and ready to serve by 5 p.m., so visitors can come to the park early and enjoy skiing some of Maplewood’s 8 miles of trails that afternoon, then join the Friends of Maplewood at the Trail Center for supper before heading out to enjoy the candlelit trail.

All those planning to ski who are age 16 or older must have a one-day ski pass; cost is $10. A one-year ski pass can also be purchased for $25 at the park, or at most sports stores in the area. As always, Minnesota State Park stickers are required to park your vehicle anywhere inside Maplewood.

Still have some questions about the event? They can be answered by calling Maplewood State Park at 218-863-8383.

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Is skiing not your idea of a fun way to spend a Saturday night in February? There are plenty of indoor options as well.

  • Elvis Presley tribute artist Sean Wallis will be performing some of the King's greatest hits starting at 8 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Detroit Lakes Eagles Club at 112 W. Holmes St.
  • Meanwhile, the duo of Pat Lenertz and Dan Thornby will be performing Feb. 22 at Long Bridge from 6 to 9 p.m., and Mix Theory will take the stage at the Holiday Inn Beach Bar starting at 9 p.m.
  • Would you rather go out on Friday night than Saturday? Then check out The Cropdusters at Ace's Wild Saloon Feb. 21 in the Detroit Mountain Recreation Area Lodge, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Note to snowmobile racing fans: The Ice Harvest 440 races that were set to take place Feb. 22 on the ice of Big Detroit Lake in front of the Holiday Inn have been moved to Spicer due to ice conditions. "We hope for a better year in 2021," said Jeff Jasperson, one of the organizers for the event.