February 11, 2010 at 9:02 a.m.

Snow, snow, snow.. Winter Fest must be here, stay in the area on Valentines Day

Snow, snow, snow.. Winter Fest must be here, stay in the area on Valentines Day
Snow, snow, snow.. Winter Fest must be here, stay in the area on Valentines Day

This weekend North Branch would like to invite you to take a short drive north. Winter Fest is now entering its tenth year, and it just keeps getting better.

Although Winter Fest actually began last week, this weekend the action really picks up. Saturday begins with one of my favorites, the Ice Sculpting demonstrations. There is also a Kubb Tournament that will take place at Central Park at 10 a.m. If you enjoy chili, take a stroll over to the Chili Show Down.

Judging from the crowds that took in the snowmobile show last weekend, Winter Fest Vintage Snowmobile Expo and Ride should draw big crowds. Bundle the kids up and head to the municipal skating rink. Your kids can skate with Frosty the Snowman at 1 p.m.

In these tough economic times, who couldn't use a few more dollars? Well how about $500? That is what you will take home if you are the lucky finder of the Winter Fest Medallion. You must have a Winter Fest button to win. Clues will be posted daily at www.NorthBranchChamber.com.

I know in years past, the weather has been unseasonably warm, putting a damper on Winter Fest, but this year everything looks good. Not unbearably cold and not melt everything warm. So grab the kids and head up to North Branch, you will be glad you did.

This weekend is a big one. No matter if you are in a serious relationship or just casual dating. Valentine's Day is a day when all men will be tested. Tested? Yes. If we wine and dine our loved ones just right, everyone leaves happy. If we decide to not do anything because she has said a million times "Please don't get me anything or take me out this year", we have signed on for a year of hearing what a cheap skate I am married to.

Of course I am joking (sort of). While we have stopped giving Valentine gifts in our house, we still try to get out for a nice meal. We usually try to keep it local if we can, and Valentine's Day is no exception. We have some amazing restaurants in our area, and they all would love to have you and your significant other spend the evening with them. We have restaurants that range from inexpensive to moderately priced. Each and every one of them offers something unique. This Valentines Day let's try to make it special by staying local. Trust me you do not want to do nothing.

Just a reminder that The Sweet Swede is open Feb 12-14. This is a wonderful opportunity to give your loved ones some decadent chocolate and candy like they have never tasted before. Stop in and see Sonjia at the Sweet Swede.

The Chisago Lakes Home & Garden Business show is filling quickly. If you would like to be in the show, I would highly encourage you to call Community Ed at 651-213-2600. Early registration is quite a bit ahead of last year's show, so don't be left out.

The Home Show is a terrific show where you will get three to four thousand people walking by your booth. How is that for public visibility? Ask any business who has participated in the past, and they will tell you it is one of the largest home shows around. The 2010 Home & Garden Business Show is February 27 and 28 at the Chisago Lakes Senior High School.

I have some sad news about Valentines Day. If you were planning to attend Zion Lutheran's "Music for the Heart" dinner, it has been cancelled. Music director Mike Savold has broken his ankle, making it very difficult to stand and perform in the concert. The good folks at Zion Lutheran Church apologize for any inconvenience, but would like you to know that they will be rescheduling the concert in the near future. We will let you know when this happens.


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