More than 20 events set for Polar Fest next month in Detroit Lakes


In fact, Pete and Isbit will be the focus of a brand new event for this year’s festival: a radio play by the region-based Kendra Gilsdorf that will be recorded live at the Historic Holmes Theater and broadcast on KDLM Radio (1:40 p.m.). .

“There will be a cast of local theater actors,” said Viva Lauinger, Polar Fest volunteer who is responsible for promoting this year’s festival.

The track “The Arrival of King Isbit” will make its KDLM debut on February 13th at 10am. Like most of the 2021+ events slated for the 2021 edition of Polar Fest, it has been made (converted to a radio playback format) to accommodate safety restrictions for COVID-19 pandemics.

“We want to be able to celebrate winter, even if it may look different in 2021,” said Lauinger, adding that the festival volunteers really had to “think creatively” this year as they intended to make both well-known people as well as well known events perform brand new.

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For example, while the Minne “Soda” Hotdish Challenge is still taking place at Grace Lutheran Church on Sunday, February 7th, this year it will be a drive through event where the public will be asked to pick up their Hotdish samplers outside the church 4pm and 6.30pm and bring them home for dinner.

Likewise, Daddy’s Little Sweetheart Dance on Friday February 12th, which usually takes place at the Historic Holmes Theater, has gone completely virtual this year, and the chocolate fantasy at the Becker County Museum does not give museum guests the usual opportunity to go inside and get them Make your own tray of chocolates to take away.

Instead, they are offering something new: This year, Chocolate Fantasy attendees can purchase a ceramic tray online before the event on Friday February 12th. Then take the tray home and decorate it before taking it back to the museum to be professionally glazed and fired in an oven. The finished trays – filled with chocolate! – Will be ready for collection or delivery on February 12th.

“All of the chocolate was made or bought by local companies and donated to the event,” said Museum Director Becky Mitchell. For more information, call the museum at 218-847-2938 or visit the website at (click the “Store” link).

Even the festival’s signature event, the Polar Fest Plunge, will look a little different. Instead of the well-known public event where hundreds of spectators gather around the hole in the ice where the jump takes place, the jump is streamed online, with “Proxy Butts” helping to raise funds for the Detroit Lakes Boys & Girls Club to collect. Participants can still log in and make pledges to receive “cool” incentives to take part in the PF Hashtag Challenge and engage with the public on the club’s social media pages. You can find more updates on Facebook, Instagram and the website

Although many staples from past Polar Festivals – such as Ice Tee Golf, the Polar-Riffic Spaghetti Dinner, and the Freeze Your Buns Run – are returning, others are new.

“We’re doing something called ‘Kool Kites on the Lake” this year, “Lauinger said, noting that the Valentine’s Day (February 14) event will be held in the frozen waters of Little Detroit Lake near the pavilion.

“You can either bring your own kite or pick up an ’empty’ kite at the community center and decorate it,” she explained.

Laser tubing on Detroit Mountain, ice skating in Peoples Park and cross-country skiing on the trails of the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge are also on the program, which can be viewed in full on


Dusty Kennedy