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2015 Winter Fest

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Come celebrate winter in Mackinaw City during this year's 22nd Annual Winter Fest January 15th - 17th, 2015!! 

Please note Dates, Times & Events may change! Check back with us frequently or follow us on Face Book for updates!


Enjoy Amateur & Professional Snow Sculpting competition, Sleigh/Wagon Rides, Outhouse Races, Poker Walk, Indoor Ice Skating, Arts & Crafts,Chili Cook Off and Euchre Tournament at Mancino's of Mackinaw City.  A before, after and during party at the Dixie Saloon.  Ice Fishing tournament from 8am to 2pm on Paradise Lake {weather permitting}.  Registration at Paradise Lake Marina in Carp Lake, MI. Warming Station at the Pancake Chef.  And Many more Fun Winter Activities including: games for Kids, Tweens & Adults beginning at 12:45 pm located at: 216 East Central Ave.

Additional information below on each of the WinterFest 2015 activities/events happening in Mackinaw City.  Come enjoy the winter fun!

Click Here for a Printable 2014 Schedule of Events or on link above video.

 

 

 

Mackinaw Pepsi International Outhouse Races

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Outhouse Races: scheduled for Saturday at 2pm on the Shepler's Lot located on Huron Ave and Central Ave. This novelty event starts with the parade of outhouses which proves to be creative, colorful and entertaining - a must see!

  • 1st Place Cash Prize ~ $1,000
  • 2nd Place Cash Prize ~ $500
  • 3rd Place Cash Prize ~ $250
  • $100 Cash Prize for "Best In Show"

The races are open to Adult & Junior Teams. Rules are as follows: The outhouse must be 4x4x6 on skis.  Must have a 5 person team {1-must ride & 4-push or pull}. The Outhouse must have a Toilet Seat and have Material to Wipe with. Entry must have a Name. Entrants under 18 must have a parent's signature and all teams/participants must sign a waiver. For more information www.mackinawouthouserace.com or call 231-436-5493.

Afterglow party at O'Reilly's Irish Pub & Dixie Saloon.

Chili Cook Off Competition!

Chili Cook Off Competition begins at JR's Tailgate Pub located at: 101 East Central Ave. from 11:00am and runs till 1:00pm.  Come early, taste and vote for your favorite recipe. To place an entry a registration form is needed and only the first 5 registrations will be accepted due to space requirements. The Legion coordinates this Annual Event. Tasting and people's choice awards require a Winter Fest Button.  Rules and entry forms are available from the Chamber of Commerce 231-436-5574.

Euchre Tournament

Euchre Tournament: from 1:00pm to 3:00pm has a $5.00 entry fee with a Winter Fest button.  Action takes place at Mancino's of Mackinaw City located: 717 South Nicolet Street. Registration begins at 11:00am till Noon {Must be 18 yrs or older to participate in Tournament}. Call Diane Fry for more information on this fun and warm event at 231 436-7474.

Snow Sculpting

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Snow sculpting competition {weather permitting}: will begin on Thursday, January 16th and continue through Saturday, January 18th. Judging and awards for the sculptors will be Saturday at 1:30 pm.  Local snow sculptors can register for the competition until January 14th, which is also the sculpting event cancel date.

Please note: Ice fishing & snow sculpting are the only weather dependent events. For updates call the Mackinaw City Chamber office at 888-455-8100 or visit www.mackinawchamber.com

Other Events & Admittance Information

Other events include: the Warming House at Pancake Chef, Poker Walk from 10:15 to 1:15pm at B.C. Pizza, Sleigh/Wagon Rides 11:30am - 2:30pm sponsored by Marshall's Fudge & Mackinaw Clothing Store. Various restaurants and bars are offering Winter Fest specials and entertainment Thursday through Saturday.

Most of activities are free with a Red & White $3.00 2014 Winter Fest button. Buttons can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce Office, various businesses around town and at each event site during the festival until gone. Check the number on back of your button and you can win from $2.00 to $20.00.   Winning numbers will be posted Saturday January 18th with prize pick up at B.C. Pizza till 1:30pm then Marshall's Fudge through Sunday January 19th.  Winner envelopes will be at the Chamber Office from 10:00am - 4:00pm located at: 226 East Central Ave. till January 24th, 2014.

                              ***More Details and information/registration forms to come****

See you there!!!

Printable 2014 Schedule of Events

Mackinaw City Pepsi International Outhouse Races 2012 video