|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
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.
City in the Winter
'09 Mackinaw City winter trip report