|2017 is the 24th year
for Winterfest in Mackinaw City, Michigan. The 2017 weekend
begins on Thursday and Friday 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, euchre tournament, ice fishing contest, judging of the ice
sculptures, sleigh or wagon rides, outhouse races, chili cook off competition,
and a black tie ball. Admission to all events is with a button which can
be purchased from Mackinaw City merchants for $3, which even included the
sleigh rides. There are additional fees to enter competitions and for the
Ice fishing & snow sculpting are the only weather
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 2017 International
Outhouse Race competition is scheduled for 2PM on Saturday, January
21 and will award $1,850 in outhouse prize money.
City in the Winter
'09 Mackinaw City winter trip report