Most of us think ideal summer is the best time to enjoy the outdoors, but each season is beautiful and enjoyable in its own right. Although winter can sometimes be harsh, there is beauty in the crispness of the air, the piles of snow twinkling like diamonds in the sunlight and the austereness of the landscapes. What better way to enjoy this season then by taking in the sites at a fun winter festival. Pristine Agency invites you to take a closer look at three of the best the US has to offer. Get out and celebrate winter at one of these quirky winter festivals.
The Polar Fest takes places in the middle of February in the small town of Detroit Lakes in Minnesota. It might be one of the most frigid times of the winter season but that does not deter the yearly 10 day celebration. The festival has tons of family fun to take part in. For the more daring of heart you can participate in the Polar Plunge. This is when people willingly jump into the icy waters of Detroit Lake. Maybe it’s just best to be a spectator for this one. Other events include ice fishing derby, ice motorcycle racing, snowmobile racing and curling.
Cedarburg Winter Festival in Cedarburg, Wisconsin is more than a little kooky. They have a theme every year and the event is kicked off by a parade where local citizens and businesses dress up and march through town. It is followed by a unique race where beds are festooned and raced on ice. This might be the only place in the world you will see this. This festival is all about competition too. You can participate in the chili contest, musical talent, golf tournament, cupcake festival, and there’s even a snow ball fight. There is also an ice carving contest and plenty of family friendly events to participate in.
The annual Fire and Ice Winter Fest takes place in Lave Hot Springs, Idaho. This tiny sleepy town typically has a population of 400, but many travel here for this annual winter celebration. The weather might be frigid but the natural hot springs reach temperatures of 112 degrees. The Polar Bear Float is one of the highlights of the festival. This is where you can don the craziest costume you can come up with and you float down the Portneuf River in an inner tube. They also have a less traditional Running of the Bulls, where participants wear their swimsuits as they run down Main Street and jump into the hot springs to warm up. The festival takes place the first weekend of February.
These fun and unqiue winter festivals just might have you loving the season. It’s a great way to get outside and enjoy the wintry wonderland and participate in fun festivities. They will keep you warm in body and in spirit.