Mackinaw City's Winterfest Celebration

January 14-17, 2016

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Come celebrate winter in Mackinaw City during this year's 20th annual Winterfest. Enjoy amateur snow carving, outhouse races, sleigh rides, poker walk, chili cook-off, indoor ice skating, euchre tournament, and many more fun winter activities including games for kids, tweens and adults beginning at 12:30pm at the Mackinaw City marina open space.

Weather permitting, snow sculpting competition will begin on Thursday and continue through Saturday. Judging and awards for the sculptors will be Saturday at 1:30pm and cash prizes are sponsored by the Mackinaw Area Visitor's Bureau. Local snow sculptors can register for the competition until January 12, which is also the sculpting event cancel date.

The activities take place in and around Mackinaw City and are within site of the Mackinac Bridge. A highlight Saturday at 2pm on the Shepler's Lot, located on Huron Avenue and Central Avenue: Outhouse races. This novelty event starts with the parade of outhouses which proves to be colorful and entertaining. Prizes vary, but "Best of Show" will be awarded to the best outhouse design, d├ęcor and team theme.

The Chili Cook Off competition at Mama Mia's Pizzeria is from 11am-1pm on Saturday. Come early, taste and vote for your favorite recipe. TTasting and people's choice awards require a Winterfest Button. Rules and entry forms are available from the Chamber of Commerce.

Mancino's Euchre Tournament from 1-3pm has a $5.00 entry fee with a Winterfest button. Action takes place at 717 S Nicolet St. at the restaurant. Registration is 11am-12pm.

Other events include: Poker Walk from 10:15am-1:15pm at B.C. Pizza, Sleigh/Wagon Rides 11:30am-2:pm 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 $3 Winterfest button/pin. Buttons can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce and 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 $2-20. Winning numbers will be posted Saturday with prize pick up at B.C. Pizza till 1:30pm then Marshall's Fudge through Sunday.

For more information:
Mackinaw City Chamber of Commerce
300 D East Central
Mackinaw City, MI 49701

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