Shiverfest coming to cure cabin fever Feb. 19 - 21

Louise Oleson, Editor
One of the most popular attractions of Shiverfest are the sleigh rides on Creel Bay. They will be back this year by popular demand starting at 11 a.m. and going until 4 p.m. on Saturday Feb. 20.

Every day the times of sunrise and sunset change on the front page of the Devils Lake Journal. Each day gets a little longer and a little closer to springtime. In the meantime, residents of the Lake Region are enduring another of the northern plains’ famous winters complete with freezing temperatures, windchills below zero and snow depths that are merely inches less than this year at the same time. According to Ramsey County Agent Bill Hodous we have an average of only three inches of snow less than last year’s depths for the same time period.

Although this year’s January was more temperate and winter didn’t seem to come quite so early as it did last year, this time of year most area residents experience some bouts of cabin fever.

The Devils Lake Area Chamber of Commerce has a cure for the wintertime blahs - it’s called Shiverfest and it’s coming Feb. 19 – 21.

Friday, Feb. 19

Day one of the three-day event begins with a hockey tournament for the little ones, the Mikal Wakefield Mite Hockey Tournament scheduled for both the Burdick and Bill Jerome Arenas.

Saturday, Feb. 20

Day two is filled with attractions starting at 9 a.m. with a gun show in the Memorial Building. Admission is $4 per person and there will be guns and a whole lot more on display.

All day there will be golfing on the ice at Creel Bay and the Mikal Wakefield Memorial Mite Hockey Tournament continues in the indoor ice arenas.

Starting at 10 a.m. there will be a woodcarving demonstration  and a motorcycle show in the Holiday Mall.

Beginning at 11 a.m. there will be kite flying on the lake at Ackerman Acres, a Quilt Show and Sample Sale at Quilt Essentials in downtown Devils Lake and the sleigh rides at Creel Bay begin.

At 11:15 a.m. is the Ice Rally Cross, timed car races ont he ice at Ackerman’s Acres.

Concessions will be sold at Creel Bay starting at noon as a fundraiser for the Foster Care and Adoption Coalition. Stay for the Snowshoe Races (Fundraiser for Relay For Life) on Creel Bay, from 12 - 3 p.m.

From 1 - 2:30 p.m. on Creel Bay there will be a Youth Ice Fishing Derby with prizes for everyone who participates.

And from 2 - 4 p.m. on Creel Bay Search and Rescue will be performing demos on the ice.

Sunday, Feb. 21

Day three features all-day attractions like the continuation of the Mikal Wakefield Mite Hockey Tournament in the indoor ice arenas plus an outdoor Pond Hockey Tournament on Creel Bay and a Girls Basketball Tournament for 7th and 8th graders in the Sports Center.

At 9 a.m. the gun show opens in the Memorial Building.

At 10 p.m. the motorcycle show continues until 3 p.m. in the Holiday Mall.

This is the tenth year for Shiverfest in the Lake Region and it looks to be the best ever.

To confirm times and locations of events go to www.devilslakend.com.