NORTHWOODS BLIZZARD BLAST FUN & WINNERS
Winter enthusiasts of all ages enjoyed a fun filled day at the Northwoods Blizzard Blast held on Saturday, February 13th at the Conover Community Park. Mother Nature delivered a brisk and sunny day for the third annual event. Discover Wisconsin film crews were on site to film footage for a future episode featuring winter fun in the northwoods. Along with snowmobiling, ice fishing and ski trails, the episode will highlight winter activities throughout the area of Conover, Land O’Lakes and Phelps.
Snowshoe Baseball Champions
Kicking off the day, players strapped on their snowshoes and participated in hilarious games of Snowshoe Baseball. The coveted Snowflake Trophy went to the Phelps Fire Department team. Second place was won by the Conover Fire Department team. Third place went to the Conover women’s team.
Recliner Race Finales
In double elimination format, Recliner Races ended with a 1st place finish by team “Chilly Pannus”. The $100 prize and Snowflake Trophy was won by sitter Maddie Lindberg and pushers Doug Lindberg and Jeff Carlson. Second place was taken by team “Pedros Protection”, followed by “Chain Recliner Skimmers” in third place.
Snow Sculpting Competition
In the Snow Sculpting Competition, “Team Lederer” took the 1st place award with their carving of a beautiful nesting owl. Jeremy Lederer accepted the Snowflake Trophy and $100 prize on behalf of his team.
Winners of the recent Northwood Blizzard Blast Snowman Building Contest were announced. The photo entries and winners can be viewed on Facebook. In the residential category, first place winner Aimee Bauknecht of Three Lakes won $100 for “Emily’s Very Own Snowgirl”. Second place winner Kristin Beyer of Eagle River won $50 for “Aubrey and her Snowman”. First place in the business/school category and $100 prize was won by “Blizzard Beach Babe”; created by the staff of Schindelholz Dental Office in Land O’Lakes. Second place went to Phelps Class of 2016, collecting $50 for their “Blue Bear Roasting a Mallow over a Campfire”.
And Tons More…
The many participants in Ice Bowling were seen slipping and sliding to win prizes for strikes. Several families enjoyed horse drawn wagon rides through the scenic woods surrounding the park. Children reveled in downhill sledding, snow castle building, face painting and more. They received instruction and demonstrations in archery and snowboarding and then tried out the sports for themselves. Many kids also hopped on ponies for a walk around the corral. In the Dogsled Dash, children enjoyed a ride in a dogsled and received their very own Musher Medal and certificate.
All children were given their own hand crafted snowman making kit, compliments of the Northwoods Blizzard Blast organization. Northwoods Children’s Museum personnel hosted the “Fun for Kids” area with delightful outdoor games.
Hundreds of people toured the Blizzard Blast Artisan Bazaar where handcrafted items were featured by many vendors. Offers included jewelry handmade from nature’s own glass, copper, wood, stone and hemp as well as native American beadwork, dreamcatchers and fur bags. Homemade toffee, breads, cheeses, dips and soaps were also available. Wildlife art, wood carvings, pottery, prints, and handwoven rugs, hats, and clogs were on display to entice shoppers.
50/50 drawings were held with several lucky winners. Many additional ticket holders were awarded prizes of gift certificates from area businesses.
Refreshments and delicious food provided by many area restaurants was available to keep the energy level up for all the activities. Event Chairman Lanny Studdard estimated over 700 people were in attendance. Dozens of community volunteers and many area youth turned out in force to help with all the events. All proceeds from Northwoods Blizzard Blast activities benefit area Fire and EMS Departments.