Preparations Underway for Frigid Lake Superior Ice Festival

Taylor Holt
Updated: January 23, 2019 05:47 PM

Frigid temperatures will be great conditions for ice sculptures and pond hockey. Those are some of the things that can be found at the 5th Annual Lake Superior Ice Festival at Barker's Island this weekend.

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Organizers say they want people to be safe in the cold so layers is their biggest piece of advice, but they are also taking their own precautions. Linda Cadotte with the City of Superior says they event will have heated tents, a shuttle and plenty of indoor activities for people to get a break from the cold. Wednesday at Barker's Island, a fan favorite, the snow slide was already up making it's debut. This year, people can experience an igloo building competition and kid zone in the estuarium. An ice scultpure clue hunt around town will be new this year, as well as a curling bonspiel and sauna. Cadotte says unlike last year, the weather has been cooperating nicely.

"Cold weather, there has been no shortage of that, so we're a little anxious about the tempertaures fo this weekend, however we're a resilient group up here so get on your extra layers, put on your hand warmers and come on down," said Cadotte. "You just want to make sure to dress appropriately. We don't always have to put it all on but put it on and be prepared."

Cadotte says there will also be bonfires and shuttles will be at four spots on the island navigating people through the outside activites. Cadotte says the annual event always contributes economically bringing in people for the pond hockey tournament, and local business participation is also increasing.

The free event begins this Friday with the Pond Hockey Classic and the Guns & Hoses Police & Fire pond hockey. For more information on activities and times, peopel can visit the Lake Superior Ice Festival website.


Taylor Holt

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