|2009 was the 16th year
for Winterfest in Mackinaw City, Michigan. The weekend begins on Thursday
and Friday with open skating, ice sculpting, a fish fry and entertainment
at local taverns, but Saturday is the main day for Winterfest activities.
Saturday events include a poker walk, euchre tournament,
ice fishing contest, judging of the ice sculptures, sleigh or wagon rides,
outhouse races and "Polar Nights," a black tie ball. Admission to all events
is with a button which can be purchased from Mackinaw City merchants for
$2. There are additional fees to enter competitions.
The weather was beautiful, but cold on Thursday and Friday
of the 2009 Winterfest. 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 the 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.
City in the Winter
'09 Mackinaw City winter trip report