We’re just two weeks into the new year but many are already looking forward to the weekend of Feb. 14-15, 2015 here in Rhinelander. Returning for its 39th year, the Rhinelander Lion’s Club Fisheree & Winter Festival will offer fun for almost the entire family – so mark your calendars now!
Known as the “Ice Fishing Capital of the World,” Rhinelander has long celebrated the sport of ice fishing. The Fisheree will welcome hundreds of fishermen to the ice on Boom Lake Valentine’s Day weekend for the chance to win cash prizes, raffles, and more than a little bit of pride. If you have not participated in the past or at least driven by the event to see the spectacle, you should get it on your calendar now to head that way at some point over the Fisheree weekend.
Those who would like to compete in the tournament can pick-up their entry tickets now at a number of area establishments listed on www.ExploreRhinelander.com, by visiting the Chamber of Commerce, or by mailing the $10 entry fee to the Rhinelander Lions Club P.O. Box 1005, Rhinelander, WI by Feb. 1, 2015.
For the fourth year the Lions Club has partnered with a number of community groups to bring more to the Fisheree weekend for those looking for something beyond ice fishing. The Fisheree and Winter Festival now includes a 5K winter adventure race, snowshoe race, snowshoe demonstrations and plenty of fun.
The inaugural Flannel Face Off 5K adventure race will kick things off at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14. This new event replaces the broomball tournament and will pit competitors against each other in a test of Northwoods-style skill, endurance, and fortitude. Modeled after many of the popular summer adventure races, the Flannel Face Off will feature obstacles only found “Up North.” Competitors will have to drill through the ice using a hand auger, drag a “deer carcass” along a portion of the course, scale snowbanks, carry an armful of firewood from one location to another, and drag a sled full of ice fishing gear out across the ice. All in all, it should be more than a fun time for both competitors and spectators. To register for the Flannel Face Off, visit www.ExploreRhinelander.com or contact the Chamber of Commerce – we’ll be happy to get you signed-up!
Back for its fourth year will be the Hodag Snow Dash. This 5K snowshoe race will be held in the morning on Sunday Feb. 15, 2015. There will be an individual race as well as a family relay race portion of the event. If you don’t have your own snowshoes but would still like to race we’ll have snowshoes available to borrow as well. The race kicks off at Hodag Park by the concession stand and the course winds through the park and gives you great views of the lake and surrounding area. Registration will be available through the YMCA of the Northwoods and the Chamber of Commerce in just a couple weeks.
Make plans today to ensure you’ll be able to be a part of the fun at the Lions Club Fisheree & Winter Festival on February 14-15 here in Rhinelander. Pick either day to head to Hodag Park so you don’t miss the action.
Dana DeMet is available at 715-365-7464.