February 18, 2022 at 11:46 a.m.
Sadly, one of our favorite and newest attractions was taken out of commission. The Rotary Club’s annual ice carousel was all cut and ready to go, until someone decided to drive across the carousel and crack it, rendering it inoperable. The Rotary made the best of the situation like still holding bags games, with food and beer from the Uncommon Loon.
Back to the celebration, the dog sleds out by Allemansratt Park were a huge hit as was the night candlelight walk through the park. The virtual puzzle contest was so popular they had to add more spots for extra teams. Team Gettin’ Jiggy With completed their 500 piece puzzle in just 68 minutes.
Saturday brought back an old favorite to the celebration - ice racing. Cars raced around a very large track with what I’m assuming are studs in their tires while kicking up and amazing amount of snow dust behind them. It was quite a thing to watch.
The medallion was found (see page 1) by Evelyn, Tina, and Ashley at Ojiketa Regional Park.
The radar runs started out slowly, but as the day progressed more and more racers showed up to test their sled (and motorcycle) speeds. They did have an open mod snowmobile go 170 mph. Yikes.
The polka dance at the Lindstrom Community Center was packed, we didn’t make it up there but a friend of mine kept me updated. Finally the fireworks over at Paradise Park were amazing. They didn’t last super long, but the colors of the fireworks as they reflected off the snow were breathtaking.
Sunday was a beautiful day and while there weren’t as many events, the crowds were big nonetheless. The dodgeball tournament had all team slots filled with the victors being The Untouchaballs. And the Lions fishing contest had a great turnout as well. They moved it closer to Center City this year and I think that made a big difference— that it could be seen from the road.
We will have photos of the bike winners in next week’s Press.
A huge thank you goes out to Katie and her small army that made this event so special. Being a former Chamber Board member, I know just how much hard work goes into the celebration, so if you see any of the board members or director Katie Malchow, tell them thanks. Thanks for allowing us to have so much fun so close to home.
Spring is now officially allowed to arrive in the Chisago Lakes Area. All of our winter stuff is behind us and dang it I really miss fishing - from a boat.