Postponed events make second week of Polar Fest even more jam-packed

The weather has pretty much been a non-factor for Polar Fest 2023 — until now. All of the events scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 15 have been postponed to next week.

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Polar Fest continues in Detroit Lakes through next Sunday, Feb. 26.
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DETROIT LAKES — Unlike last year's Polar Fest, the weather has pretty much been a non-factor, until now.

All of the events scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 15 have been postponed due to the storm that swept through the region on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, though all of them have now been rescheduled: The Polar Palooza tubing races on Monday, Feb. 20 at Detroit Mountain; the Polar Putt at Washington Square Mall on Wednesday, Feb. 22; and the Jaycees' Polar Glow Night at the Pavilion on Thursday, Feb. 23.

What that means is the second week of Detroit Lakes' annual winter festival will be even more jam-packed than usual.

Here's a little peek at all the action...

  • Saturday, Feb. 18: ULTRA Vintage Snowmobile Rally & Swap Meet, Detroit Lakes City Beach, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Preschool Polar Fest Icy Adventures, Lincoln Education Center 10-11:15 a.m.; Frozen Frenzy,  Lakeshirts Beach Shop on West Lake Drive, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Beer Quaffing, Hub 41, 2 p.m.; "From Barry: The Perfect Songs of Barry Gibb & the Bee Gees," Historic Holmes Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 19: Color Guard Breakfast, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., American Legion Club, 810 West Lake Drive, Detroit Lakes; Snowshoe Sunday, Tamarac Discovery Center, 12-4 p.m.; Tamarac Sunday movie, "The Mighty Weasel, 2 p.m. at the Tamarac Visitor Center; Family Day at Detroit Mountain Recreation Area, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., with a "Try Nordic Skliing" event starting at 1 p.m. on the trailhead near the Nordic hut; Polar Fest Bean Bag Tournament, 1-4 p.m., Bucks Mill Brewing.
  • Monday, Feb. 20: Polar Palooza tubing races, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Detroit Mountain Recreation Area.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 21: Kiwanis' Brrr-iffic Handbag Bingo, 5-9 p.m., VFW Post 1676; Mardi Gras Kings, 7 p.m., Historic Holmes Theatre Ballroom. 
  • Wednesday, Feb. 22: Polar Putt, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Washington Square Mall; Home Brew Tasting, 6-9 p.m., Bucks Mill Brewing.
  • Thursday, Feb. 23: Polar Glow Night, 4:30-6:30 p.m., outside the Pavilion; College Night, 12-9 p.m., Detroit Mountain.
  • Friday, Feb. 24: Laser Tubing, 5-9 p.m., and FrostFire concert, 6:30-9:30 p.m., all at Detroit Mountain; "Simon and Simon-The Music of Paul Simon and Carly Simon," featuring Harmonious Wail, 7:30 p.m., Historic Holmes Theatre.
  • Saturday, Feb. 25: Randy Olson Ice Harvest 440 Snowmobile Races, 11 a.m. on Big Detroit Lake in front of the Holiday Inn; Frozen Frenzy, Lakeshirts Beach Shop, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Polar Pete's Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Bucks Mill Brewing; the 27th Annual Polar Fest Plunge, 1 p.m., West Lake Drive and Little Detroit Lake; Frozen Fireworks, 7 p.m., Little Detroit Lake.
  • Sunday, Feb. 26: Snowga (Yoga in the Snow), Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell, 11 a.m.; Polar Fat Tire Fest, 1 p.m., and Try XC (Nordic) Skiing, 1-4 p.m., both at Detroit Mountain; and last but not least, Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge will host Snowshoe Sunday, 12-4 p.m. at the Discovery Center; Youth Ice Fishing Day, 1-4 p.m. at the North Tamarac Lake access, and the Tamarac Sunday Movie, "Viva Puerto Rico," 2 p.m. at the Visitor Center, which will also have its gift shop and exhibits open.
  • Ongoing Events: The Great Polar Hunt, through Feb. 24 at locations around Detroit Lakes; Polartry Poetry Walk, Polar Fest light display and Cave People art, through Feb. 26 at Detroit Lakes City Park; Polar Fest food and drink specials at The Fireside (various), Brygge (Polar Petey Melt), Bucks Mill Brewing (Polar Lager) and Lakeside Tavern (Sweater Weather Seasonal Beer), all through Feb. 26; We Love Minnesota Sampling Bar at Seven Sisters Spirits, Fridays (3-6 p.m.) and Saturdays (1-4 p.m.) through the end of February.

For details on all of these events, including registration and ticket information, visit the website at .


Winners announced for Frosty Pen

Yellowbright, Inc., recently announced the winners for its 'Frosty Pen' kids' writing contest, which was a new event on the Polar Fest schedule this year.

Featuring two age groups — ages 4-7 and 8-12 — the virtual event took place from Feb. 1-14.

Aubrey Johnson, 7, of Fergus Falls, took first place in the age 4-7 category with her entry, "The Winter Rose," while 9-year-old Kellen Ashmore of Detroit Lakes was the winner in the age 8-12 category, with his "Minnesota Kid" entry. Both winning entries included artwork as part of the narrative. A total of 21 entries were received for the inaugural contest.

A reporter at Detroit Lakes Newspapers since relocating to the community in October 2000, Vicki was promoted to Community News Lead for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and Perham Focus on Jan. 1, 2022. She has covered pretty much every "beat" that a reporter can be assigned, from county board and city council to entertainment, crime and even sports. Born and raised in Madelia, Minnesota, she is a graduate of Hamline University, from which she earned a bachelor's degree in English literature (writing concentration). You can reach her at
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