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2021 Winter Festival


Come celebrate winter in Mackinaw City during this year’s 28th Annual Winter Fest February 20th, 2021!! 

Please note Dates, Times & Events may change due to weather or any other unforeseen conditions beyond our control! 

 Outhouse Races at Shepler’s Dock, Kids sled races, BIG Freeze obstacle course & Ice Queen Elsa .  Enjoy the before, after and during party at the Dixie Saloon.  Saturday, February 20, 2021 ~ .  ALL WINTERFEST ACTIVITIES ARE FREE! 

Additional information is below on each of the 2021 WinterFest Activities & Events happening in Mackinaw City.  Come enjoy the winter fun!

*Please check often for updates!

Mackinaw Pepsi International Outhouse Races HAPPENING IN 2021

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 ~ $500
  • 2nd Place Cash Prize ~ $200
  • 3rd Place Cash Prize ~ $100
  • $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 and participants must sign a waiver.  For more information and registration visit: or call 231-436-5493.

Music & Commentary for WinterFest by: G-Man Sound Productions ~ Gary Engle

Afterglow party and live music at O’Reilly’s Irish Pub & Dixie Saloon.

*Friday February 19 2021: DJ & Dancing – Racers Reception at the Dixie Saloon from 10:00pm – 2:00am

NEW FOR 2021 KIDS SLED RACES: RACERS WANTED! Kids sled races are JUST FOR THE KIDS! Individuals will race down the track to the finish line pulling a weighted sled while being timed. Weight will be adjusted for each age class category. In lieu of having more FUN, costumes are encouraged but not required! Sleds will be provided for use. Best time WINS! Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place in each age class category.

Age class categories are as follows:
1) Children Boys & Girls Ages 6 to 8 (PRIZES & Trophy awarded)
2) Youth Boys & Girls Ages 9 to 11 (PRIZES & Trophy awarded)
3) Tweenagers Boys & Girls Ages 12 to 15 (PRIZES & Trophy awarded)

NO FEE to register. Registration deadline February 18 , 2021.  CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION:  Winterfest kids sled race registration

Races begin at 1:00pm prior to the outhouse races at the Shepler’s Lot located on Huron Ave and Central Ave. 

NEW FOR 2021 BIG FREEZE OBSTACLE COURSE: RACERS WANTED!  The BIG Freeze obstacle course is a series of challenging physical obstacles an individual must navigate while being timed. The BIG Freeze Obstacle course includes running, climbing, jumping, zig zagging, crawling, pulling and balancing elements with the aim of testing speed, endurance and agility. In lieu of having more FUN, costumes are encouraged but not required! PRIZES will be awarded for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place fastest times for each age class category. 

BIG FUN FOR ALL AGES:  There will be 3 participant age class categories. 

1) Children Boys & Girls Ages 8 to 12 (PRIZES & Trophy awarded)
2) Youth Boys & Girls Ages 13 to 16 (PRIZES & Trophy awarded)
3) Men & Woman Ages 17 & older (CASH PRIZES & Trophy awarded – 1st place $150, 2nd place $100, 3rd place $50)

NO FEE to register. Registration deadline: February 18, 2021.  CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION: winterfest big freeze registration 

Races begin at 11:00am on the Mackinaw City Municipal Marina Lawn located at 107 S Huron Ave next to the Shepler’s Lot .  

NEW FOR 2021 MEET QUEEN ELSA: The Ice Queen Elsa from the movie Frozen will be making an appearance at this years winterfest!  Meet & greet will happen on the Mackinaw City Municipal Marina Lawn located at 107 S Huron Ave next to the Shepler’s Lot  from 11:00am to 1:00pm.  Queen Elsa will be handing out gifts for the kids while supplies last.


Chili Cook Off Competition!  CANCELLD FOR 2021 

Chili Cook-Off Competition: begins at Mama Mia’s Pizzeria located at: 231 East Central Ave. from 11:00 am and runs till 1:00 pm.  Come early to taste and vote for your favorite recipe. To place an entry a registration form is needed and  registrations will be accepted until space is full. 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.


See you there!!!







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