, 2023-01-13 07:01:33,
SUPERIOR — A mix of indoor and outdoor activities will offer visitors a chance to celebrate all things winter during the 2023 Lake Superior Ice Festival, Jan. 27-28.
“What I look forward to the most about this event is seeing the sheer number of people, both from in our community and others from outside of the community, coming and enjoying themselves outdoors with a wide variety of things,” said Superior director of parks, recreation and forestry Linda Cadotte.
“It’s just been so thrilling to see this grow over the last seven years, of really just becoming that signature community event where there’s businesses and nonprofits and organizations that are truly just rallying together to bring different elements,” she added.
Visitor feedback has helped shape this year’s celebration, which will include a hay bale shuttle and an accessible STRIDE bus at the Richard I. Bong Veteran’s Historical Center to bring people to and from the festival.
Back by popular demand will be activities such as Kubb, disc golf, figure skating, a sledding hill, fireworks and ice carving. Last year’s ice carousel was so popular that Barkers Island Inn plans to build two. The Midwest Ice Racing Association is also expanding its reach with races both Friday night and Saturday.
A new skating pathway loop is being planned that will connect different events between Pickle Pond and Barker’s Island. In addition to adult snowshoe demonstrations from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, the University of Minnesota Duluth will demonstrate kite skiing. There will even be a blacksmith forge set up near the ice carvers to offer demonstrations.
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