February 6-17, 2020

Detroit Lake is situated in the mid of Minnesota’s winter wonderland. It is a year-round destination. Numerous  festivals and events  are hosted here that celebrate the northern climate and foster a sense of community in spite of the cold. Of all the events, Polar Fest is the most popular festival among the tourist and people of Minnesota. The festival has been around since the mid-1990s with a growing number of attendees and sponsors, and many events raise money for several non-profit organizations.

About the fest

Polar Fest is a 10-days long winter festival with various indoor and outdoor activities and competitions for people of all the age groups. It begins with the lighting of the King Isbit’s Throne and Royal Courtyard on Feb. 7 at the Detroit Lakes city beach. Ice sculptures are kept on display in the nearby city park and are a part of the MN Sn’Ice competitions and Area Schools Snow Sculpture Competition.

Other outdoor events at the Polar fest include the Poles ‘N Holes Ice fishing derby, The Great Polar Race, Scavenger hunt as well as the SnoWay But Up race for runners, cross-country skiers and snowshoers and the SnoWay But Round fat-tire bike race.

There are many free and family-friendly events that you can both participate in or be a spectator. The Frozen Fireworks over Detroit Lake is a family favorite.

Attendees embrace the cold during the activities, but there’s one event that is so extremely frigid that even Polar Pete, the festival’s mascot, would stop and reconsider, THE POLAR PLUNGE!!! The Polar Plunge is a fundraiser for Boys & Girls Club of Detroit Lakes, around 200 people in costumes leap through a hole cut in the ice into the freezing waters of Detroit Lake. The event takes place on Feb. 16, and although only a select few would be willing to take the plunge, everyone can jump on board with the cause it supports.

Another famous event from fundraisers would be Welcome to Polaritaville. It is a fundraiser for the Imagination Library at the Shorewood Pub! Tickets are $30 limited to 100 tickets includes Caribbean style meal. Games of chance and tropical music.

The final Saturday of the festival, Feb. 16, is full of fun events for the entire family. These include the ULTRA Vintage Snowmobile Rally, Swap Meet & Ride, helicopter rides, the Freeze Your Buns Run 5K, Polar Pile-up demolition derby and finally the fest ends with fireworks in the evening and that has become one of the highlights of the week-long winter celebration.

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