Winterama Saturday Schedule 10 Feb 17

Glenwood’s celebration of winter takes place this Saturday with a host of events for the entire family.

Winterama 2017 is a full day of exciting activities for all ages, planned by Glenwood and Beyond.  

A full day of activities begins this Saturday, Feb. 11.  The schedule follows:

• 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.: Registration for the Sweati Yeti opens at Barsness Park
• 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Bake sale and art show at Central Square
• 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.: Sweati Yeti begins
• 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Lunch specials at Lakeside
• 12:30 p.m.- 3: p.m.: Kids’ games on Lake Minnewaska, including sled dog rides, kick sled rides, minnow races, turkey bowling and games with the Alexandria Blizzard hockey team.
• 3 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.: Waterama Polar Plunge
• 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Chili cook-off at Lakeside Ballroom
• 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Wii “Just Dance” party at Lakeside Ballroom
• 6:30 p.m.: Chili cook-off award ceremony and “bobber drawing”
• 7 p.m.: Fireworks over Lake Minnewaska
• 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Pool party at GrandStay Hotel & Suites

Ride across the ice

The newest attraction this year is the sled dog rides. Bob Lugo, of Milaca, Minn., will be giving sled dog rides from 12 to 3 p.m. on Lake Minnewaska in front of Lakeside. The rides will be about a half mile long. Lugo is a retired high school teacher who has been active with sled dogs for more than 30 years. He has competed in the John Bear Grease 500 and the Montana Race to the Sky 500 multiple times over the years. The rides will be $10 per person.

Take the plunge 

Take the leap on Feb. 11 at 3 p.m. in front of Lakeside Ballroom for the Waterama Polar Plunge.

To register, contact Jeff Panitzke, the 2017 vice commodore for Waterama, at 320-424-1022 or Jumpers will be given an information letter, pledge form and a liability release form; jumpers are asked to raise, at minimum, $150 for the plunge. Money raised goes toward Waterama. Performing a skit, or dressing up for the plunge is encouraged, but jumpers are asked to keep the content family friendly. Jumpers must be 16 years and older. The deadline for the Polar Plunge registration is Feb. 2, where jumpers must turn in their forms, pledge money and a short biography for the Polar Plunge announcer. 

It’s time to be a Sweati Yeti

For second year in a row, hike, run or walk through a two-mile obstacle course through Barsness Park. 
Registrations for the Sweati Yeti can be made in advance or on the day of the hike. The entry fee is $12 if preregistered by Feb. 10 and $15 if registered on Feb. 11 (entry fees are non-refundable). To preregister, fill out an application and drop it off, a long with the entry fee, to either Palmer Creations or Glenwood State Bank. Forms can be found online at The application and entry fee can also be mailed to 
Glenwood and Beyond at P.O. Box 434, Glenwood, MN 56334. All runners will receive a Sweati Yeti hat.

The course is two miles long, beginning and ending at the Barness Park chalet. There are natural and man-made obstacles as well as games along the course that are challenging but achievable for everyone ages 5 and up. The obstacles are put into place with the help of Sentence to Serve. 

This year, there is the opportunity to be a mile marker sponsor; there will be eight markers, one every quarter mile. A total of $50 gets the sponser’s name and logo on the marker. 

For more information about the Sweati Yeti, contact Jim Palmer at 320-634-4024, or stop into Palmer Creations.

Who will have the best chili recipie?

There are still slots available for the annual chili cook-off. Gather a team together and start practicing the perfect chili recipe. The cook-off will be held at Lakeside Ballroom at 4 p.m., Feb. 11. Awards will be handed out for first and second place as well as people’s choice and best booth. The registration deadline is Feb. 3. Forms can be found at either Palmer Creations or Glenwood State Bank. Forms can be found online at Completed forms can be mailed to Glenwood & Beyond at P.O. Box 434, Glenwood, MN 56381. For more information, contact Jennifer Hemmesch at 320-333-1366 or