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Preparing for Frostbite Winter Festival

2019 Focus on Fairy Tales

By Dianne Alward-Biery
Cleaver Staff Writer

Clare County Cleaver
February 7, 2019

HARRISON – In only one week, the 2019 Frostbite Winter Festival again will bring entertaining and fun festivities to Harrison, featuring something for young and old alike. This year’s theme is “Fairy Tales” and despite some delays caused by the recent polar vortex (yes, there can be too much winter), the Harrison Chamber of Commerce has been promoting and finalizing details for this annual weekend of winter fun.

The Harrison Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Frostbite event schedule features the following:

Thursday, Feb. 14…

…will start festivities with the Frostbite Kick-Off Party from 5-7 p.m. at the Budd Lake Bar, featuring a live remote with WUPS radio. The evening will include announcement of the winners of the Window Painting and Snow Sculpture competitions; auctions of Frostbite Button No. 001 and the first jump spot at the Polar Dip; Poker Card Raffle; as well as a 50/50 drawing, refreshments, cash bar and more. The public is welcome, but a Frostbite Button is required to attend. Actually, a Frostbite Button is required for attendance at any of the Winter Festival events. They cost $5 and are available at the Harrison Chamber of Commerce and at area businesses.

[The Window Painting and Snow Sculpture entry deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 13. Window Painting entry is free; Snow Sculpture entry costs $25; and prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be awarded. Entrants are required to take photos of their creations immediately after completion and send them to HarrisonChamber@sbcglobal.net for judging. Check with the Chamber for rules. The Chamber will match up anyone who has paintable windows with people wishing to contribute their painting prowess to the competition.

Friday, Feb. 15…

…will feature the Party Bus Tour set for 5-10 p.m., departing promptly at 5:30 p.m. from Scooter’s Airport Bar, which also is the last stop. The tour will include two buses and two routes, with limited seating available. Advance registration is required, along with a valid ID and Frostbite button. Cost is $10 per person.

Saturday, Feb. 16…

…begins with an Arts & Crafts Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Harrison Moose Lodge. Featured will be handmade items from local artisans, gift certificates, gifts for men and women, and more.  A Silent Auction will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the Moose also will have a food/beverage Concessions Stand available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A Children’s Carnival will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Harrison Lions Club, and everyone MUST have a Frostbite button to enter the events. Activities will include indoor games and crafts, face painting, pony rides, a petting zoo and more. A new attraction this year will be magician/comedian Cameron Zvara.

A Snowman Building Contest (shaving cream and corn starch) will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. inside the Harrison Lions Club. Judging will be at 1:30 p.m. with prizes awarded based on creativity, theme and detail. Decoration accessories will be provided.

On Budd Lake…

…The 5th Annual Polar Dip registration starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Power Docks/Saxton’s Landing on Budd Lake; plunging will begin at 10 a.m. The cost is $10 per person, with a free sweatshirt going to the first 25 registered jumpers. WUPS Radio Station will be doing a live onsite remote. The Polar Dip also features a costume contest with a prize for the best dressed in theme. This year’s Polar Dip will be a fundraiser to benefit the Riding Out of The Storm equine therapy program, and the Chamber is encouraging Polar Dippers to get pledges for the effort. Those pledges are due prior to the Feb. 14 kick-off event to be eligible for the 1st jump spot auction.

Polar Dip spectators may be interested to know that when he visited the Feb. 4 Harrison City Council meeting, Polar Dip chairman Marty Johnson extended a special invitation to Mayor Stacy Stocking to take the plunge…an invitation which was answered with a smile and a “Sure.”

Turkey Bowling on Budd Lake will be back from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Power Docks. Cost is $5, with a cash prize for the tournament winner.

Also returning for its third running will be the Outhouse Races on Budd Lake, with registration at 11 a.m. and the race starting at 11:30 a.m. Registration is free. The No. 1 finisher will win the much-coveted Golden Plunger, and the No. 2 privy pushers will earn the equally desirable Silver Plunger. Best Outhouse in Theme also will be awarded. For specific requirements and to register, visit the chamber’s Facebook page or call 989-539-6011. Johnson also told Council that registration for this event is extremely low and he issued a special call to outhouse racers to come on out and compete.

The Beer Tent at Saxton’s Landing will be back and open at noon, a spot where revelers can get a cold beer in a warm tent. Admission requires a Frostbite Button and ID.

Golf on the Ice of Budd Lake will start with a noon check-in followed by play from 1-3 p.m. Post-Feb. 4 registration costs $20 per person. Featured will be two 9-hole courses and teams of two, with a limit of eight people per hole.

Back on dry land…

Saturday will close out with events at the Budd Lake Bar. From 6-9 p.m. will be Comedy Night featuring comedian Sal DeMillo. Advance/at the door ticket cost of $15 per person includes the show and a first drink (drink restrictions apply). For tickets, call 989-539-6011. The Frostbite Button Raffle Drawing will be held from 8-9 p.m. at the Budd, with a grand prize of $1,500. Buttons cost $5 and are available at the Chamber office and participating local businesses.

Sunday, Feb. 17…

…will feature the Frostbite weekend’s closing event, the Ice Fishing Tournament on Budd Lake. Registration will be at 7 a.m. at the Power Docks, with tournament fishing from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Winners will be announced at 2:30 p.m. Preregistration costs are $20/adult, $10/children 12 and younger. Event day, all registrations will cost an additional $5. Up to $850 in cash prizes will be awarded. Preregister at the Chamber office.

Additional community events…

…are planned around the Frostbite Winter Festival. They include a Chili and Soup Cook-off from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Harrison City Market: $3 buys three samples, a bowl of a favorite, and one vote. For details, call Dennis at 989-368-1191. A Sled Dog Demonstration is slated for noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Harrison District Library. Bryan Bearss, a veteran of Alaska’s 938-mile Iditerod, will answer questions and demonstrate what it takes to run in that grueling race. Free and open public skating also will be available Saturday at the Ice Skating Rink at the Power Docks. Call Harrison City Hall for availability: 989-539-7145.

There truly will be plenty of activities for those who want to enjoy some mid-February outdoor fun. Find Frostbite event registration forms at www.harrisonchamber.com/events. Sponsors are still needed and welcome to lend their support to this annual bright spot in the heart of winter; call 989-539-6011.

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