Mackinaw City Winter Carnival
January 17 - 18, 2020

Page 2- International Outhouse Races

2009 Mackinaw City Winter Trip Report
2008 Mackinac Island Winter Trip Report

Winterfest - Mackinaw City, Michigan
Mackinaw City Outhouse Races
Mackinaw City International Outhouse Races
2020 is the 27th year for Winterfest in Mackinaw City, Michigan. The 2020 weekend begins on Friday, January 17 with an art exhibit, ice sculpting, and entertainment at local taverns. Saturday is the main day for Winterfest activities.

Saturday events include a chili cook-off competition, poker walk, ice fishing contest, judging of the ice sculptures, sleigh or wagon rides, outhouse races, chili cook off competition, art exhibit and kids games. New for 2020, admission to all events is free. There are fees to enter competitions.

Also new for 2020 is the Escape Room at the Mackinaw Area Public Library: 11-4 Friday, 10-4 Saturday. Stop in or call in advance if you'd like to reserve a time.

Stop in to receive a free hot cocoa at Audie's anytime Friday or Saturday.

Ice fishing & snow sculpting are the only weather dependent events. All other activities will be available regardless of weather, though warm weather or lack of snow can be hard on the ice sculpture contest.

These photos were taken during the 2009 Winterfest when the weather was beautiful, but cold. Saturday was gloomy, but it didn't seem to dampen the enthusiasm of the people attending the outdoor events. The bars were packed with participants and snowmobilers. The sunny photos on this page were taken on Friday. The others were on Saturday afternoon.

Despite the cold, a record 151 people registered to participate in that year's ninth annual ice fishing tournament on Paradise Lake and around $1,600 was raised for marine protection programs and projects. The euchre tournament also had its highest number of competitors ever.

The 2020 International Outhouse Race competition is scheduled for 2PM on Saturday, January 19 and will have a $500 grand prize.

Mackinaw City in winter About Mackinaw
City in the Winter

'09 Mackinaw City winter trip report


Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw ice sculpture
The sign next to this sculpture of the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw pleaded for volunteers to help work on the sculpture.
Despite working late into the night, this sculptor did not add all the details he hoped to include. The actual retired
Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw is docked only a few hundred feet away.

ice sculpturing in Mackinaw CIty, Michigan
Andrew Brown ice sculpture team starting work on their abstract sphere

2nd place U.S. "Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw" by Larry Strouse of Carp Lake

abstract ice sculpture
1st place winning ice sculpture by Andrew Brown team of Central Lake, Michigan


Sailing ship ice sculpture
3rd place "ship in a bottle" - Tom Lalonde of Cheboygan, Michigan

Mackinaw City 2009 Ice Tower
Mackinaw City used to have an annual fundraiser where the person that predicted when the ice tower in front of the village hall would
melt won at least $1,000. The official time was when an electronic device frozen into the ice drops to the ground.
In 2008 it fell on April 24.  (Now one is grown on the shore across from the Church of the Straits.)

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