The best way to make it through a long northern winter is to embrace the cold weather. Here’s some outdoor winter fun from the area to help you make the best of the Season of Snow! February 11 8am-dark BEULAH WINTERFEST For over 30 years, always the second weekend in February, families have enjoyed a day packed with fun, food, and winter activities at the Beulah Winterfest. This year’s activities include a chili cook-off, a snowmobile poker run, an annual fish toss competition, horse-drawn wagon rides, frozen turkey bowling, outhouse sprint race, the Winterfest Parade, a bonfire on the beach, and fireworks at dusk. There will also be Sheriff ’s Department Dive Team Rescue demonstrations on Crystal Lake. All day, downtown Beulah www.clcba.org February 18 7am-3pm 17TH ANNUAL GLEN LAKE WINTERFEST Glen Arbor’s festivities start at with a Perch Fishing Contest, with prizes for 1st through 4th place catches. Participants bring their biggest catches from Big and Little Glen to the Sportsman Shop at 1pm, and winners will be crowned. Entry fee for this event is $20, and all ages are welcome. At noon on the deck at Boonedocks is the Chili Cook-off. 1st through 5th Place winners, as determined by popular vote, receive bragging rights and a plaque commemorating the 2017 Chili Cook-off. There’s only one category: Chili—however you define it. Admission of $10 per person includes unlimited chili samples. Proceeds benefit Glen Lake Scholarship Fund. Entry fee for chili cooks is $25 per chili. Winners will be crowned as the event wraps up at 3pm. For more information or to register for events, visit the Sportsman Shop in Glen Arbor or www.visitglenarbor.com February 18 10am-2pm 4TH ANNUAL WINTERLOCHEN Interlochen’s annual winter festival is a joint effort of the Interlochen Chamber of Commerce and Interlochen Center for the Arts, blending traditional winter carnival activities with a menu of educational and cultural offerings and one major entertainment event in Corson Auditorium. The 2017 headliner is Chicago comedy magician Scott Green, known professionally as The Great Scott. The show is free, but organizers expect it to sell out, so they’re urging interested families to order tickets online ahead of time. The Chamber organizes most of the outdoor portion of Winterlochen’s various activities: everything from a toilet seat toss—like horseshoes, only with clean toilet seats—to a frozen fish toss, a snowpile treasure hunt, snow painting, and s’mores toasted over an outdoor fire. The Arts Academy staff, meanwhile, conducts a range of indoor options: performances, workshops, readings and lots of hand-on activities designed to awaken young artists-to-be to their creative potential. Www.interlochen.org February 18 11am-4pm 13TH ANNUAL NORTHPORT/OMENA WINTER CARNIVAL The Northport Winter Carnival is a great way to shake off any cabin fever. Just about the entire town as well as visitors from around the state converge on Braman Hill west of Northport for a great day of family fun featuring milk jug curling, broomball, a chili contest, cardboard sled races, sleigh rides to the top of the hill, and more. Take M-22 to M-201 to Northport, 3rd Street to Melkild Road west of town and look for the signs for the Braman Hill Recreation Area. Admission is free; $5 to sample and vote for chili. Proceeds benefit Northport Promise scholarship. Www.northportomenachamber.org THROUGH MARCH For something completely different, take a day trip to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex and create your own festival at one of only four luge courses in the US. $49 makes you a part of one of the public luge sessions scheduled from Friday to Sunday each weekend of the winter. Each session includes a brief tutorial from an experienced luge coach, all necessary equipment, plenty of free sliding time and a fun competition with a medals ceremony. Passes for the luge track must be purchased in advance of your visit. 462 Scenic Drive N. Muskegon 877-879-5843 www.msports.org
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