The good news is that Lake Redwood is frozen, which means after hosting Fire and Ice on the nearby ball field in 2017, the annual winter event in Redwood Falls will be held on the ice again this year.
The even better news is that this year’s celebration is going to include something new to entertain those who attend.
“This year we are having a fireworks show,” said Craig LaBrie of Celebrate Redwood Falls. “We’re going to shake up the lake.”
Craig and Cindy LaBrie talked recently about the upcoming event and some of the activities that will be offered to those who stop by and take part. The Fire and Ice celebration is being held this Saturday (Feb. 3) from 5-8 p.m.
“This is our fourth year for Fire and Ice,” said Cindy, adding they are glad to know they can hold the event on Lake Redwood this year.
The fireworks will cap off the event at 8 p.m.
In addition to the light show, some of the activities being offered this year include:
• Ice skating
• BobSki racing – there are six BobSkis available this year. Competition starts at 5:30 p.m.
• Bean bag toss
• Toss Across
• A tiki torch trail offering the public a chance to go for a walk on the lake
• Bonfires on the lake – offering a place to warm up and enjoy s’mores
• Free coffee and hand warmers courtesy of Cornerstone Christian Church
• Ice fishing demonstrations by Runnings
• Remote control car demonstrations offered by Midwest Motor Works
As always, the Fire and Ice event will also offer the annual “Don’t Break the Ice” tournament, which has become a very popular part of the night. The tournament starts at 6:45 p.m.
“Last year the championship was between a three-year-old and a 23-year-old,” added Cindy.
A new activity known as Sink It is being offered this year, said Craig, adding it is a circular shuffleboard competition.
Food, including hot dogs, chips and hot chocolate, is being provided by the Minnesota Valley Snow Riders snowmobile club.
“The best part is everything is free,” said Craig.
The local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts troops will be selling cookies and popcorn during the event to raise funds for their programs.
Scott Balko of Mood Swings will be providing the musical entertainment through the night. Cindy added Balko has been part of Fire and Ice from the beginning and has become a regular at Celebrate Redwood Falls events throughout the year.
Fun activities are being offered for those of all ages.
Volunteers are also being sought to help make the Fire and Ice a success in 2018. Those who can help with setup can stop by the lake starting at 9 a.m. Saturday. Those who can man a station are encouraged to arrive by 4:30 p.m.
To learn more about Fire and Ice visit www.facebook.com/CelebrateRWF.
“We are always looking for people who want to help,” said Craig.
Cindy added those who show up to help go a long way to making the event a positive experience for everyone.
Much more will also be happening throughout the night.
All are invited to the annual Fire and Ice festival, which the Labries called a “cool way” to spent a winter night in Redwood Falls.