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Blackduck Winter Fun Fest returns Feb. 17

A participant in the Blackduck Frozen Fowl Polar Plunge jumps into Blackduck Lake in 2017. (File photo)

The Blackduck Winter Fun Fest returns this year on Saturday, Feb. 17, on Blackduck Lake, encompassing a number of activities for both children and adults.  

The annual event is hosted by the city of Blackduck, the Blackduck Chamber of Commerce and the Blackduck Stumpjumpers Snowmobile Club. The festival in its current form has been around for the past four years, although some of the individual events have been in existence for longer.  

“The city and the Chamber wanted to take all the individual events and combine them on the same day so that everyone who wanted to see them had the opportunity to,” Blackduck City Administrator Christina Regas said. “The community works together in order to make all the events come together at the same time. Everything is a combined effort.”  

The Frozen Fowl Polar Plunge will be held at noon. The even serves as a fundraiser for the Blackduck Drakes Baseball Booster Club, which raised more than $4,000 during last year’s plunge.

“Jumpers are encouraged to wear costumes,” an information sheet provided by organizers said. “The wardrobe may be funny, represent the sponsors who pledged on your behalf, or both.”

Weather permitting, the snow sculptures will be constructed in Wayside Rest Park. Due to the amount of snow needed for the sculptures, though, it will be known in advance whether or not the sculptures will be possible.  

The Scavenger Hunt will then be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pine Tree Park. There is no age restrictions for the event. The event is free, and prizes will be distributed.  

“It’s very kid-friendly, but parents can do it as well,” Regas said.    

The Stump Jumpers Drag Races will begin at 9:30 a.m, with a double elimination format. There are a number of classes in the race, ranging from the Kitty Kat category for children 12 and

Younger to those with faster capabilities. There also will be categories for vintage and antique snowmobiles. The cost is $10 for the first race and $20 for any additional races. The race for children is free.

Jordan Shearer

Jordan Shearer covers crime and social issues for the Bemidji Pioneer. A Rochester native and Bemidji State grad, he previously spent several years in western Nebraska writing for the Keith County News. Follow him on Twitter @Jmanassa

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