Kids will toss frozen fish or bowl with frozen turkeys while artists craft snow sculptures at Boyne City's Winterfest.
The event today, Saturday, Jan. 26, also will feature sidewalk sales and an indoor farmers market from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the red barn near Boyne District Library on Park Street.
Snow sculptors will compete for trophies and T-shirt prize awards in Sunset Park, near where Water and Lake streets meet in downtown Boyne City, along the Lake Charlevoix shoreline. Awards will be presented at 5 p.m. and the sculptures will remain up for viewing from dawn until 10:30 p.m. daily until they melt.
Jim Baumann, executive director of the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce, said the event offers food, fun and plenty of activities throughout Boyne City, including the signature snow sculpture contest.
"It started going as a snowman contest. We could still do it last year even though the weather was not good," Baumann said. "The city brought in snow from the big piles around town."
This year there may even be some local student teams competing in the contest.
Horse-drawn sleigh rides will be available 1-3 p.m. for $1 per rider from the Old City Park at Park and River streets. Snowshoe and kids' games will feature kiddie prizes, cocoa and doughnuts donated by Glen's Market, also from 1-3 p.m.
New this year is a cross-country ski tour on groomed trails at the Hill Nature Preserve, among the protected properties by the Little Traverse Conservancy. Last year organizers cancelled that event because there simply wasn't enough snow.
"We are going to have a couple of different people leading tours. One will likely do three and another one or one-and-a-half (miles)," Baumann said.
Festival-goers also can sled, ice skate and cross-country ski at the Avalanche Preserve at the end of Wilson Street. There is a warming house with sleds or skates free to use all day.
Participants also can taste and vote for their favorite chili cook-off entries at 3 p.m. at Country Now and Then, 211 Water St. Also, there will be wine tasting from 4-7 p.m. at the Wine Emporium, 123 Water St., and a star-gazing session from 5-6 p.m. with Bryan Shumaker of the Northern Michigan Astronomy Club in Sunset Park.
Indie-rock band The Pines will perform at 8 p.m. at the Freshwater Art Gallery, 217 S. Lake St., while Sean Ryan will play at the same time at Cafe Sante, 1 Water St. Finally, band One Hot Robot will perform at 9 p.m. at the Thirsty Goat, 220 S. Lake St.
Winterfest is organized by the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce and the Boyne City Main Street program.
"It's just to celebrate winter. It's a big part of our economy," Baumann said.
More information is available online at www.boynechamber.com under the link for Winterfest.
Today: Boyne City hosts Winterfest
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