With a perfect day in the high 20's, the first WinterFest in Lansing was a huge success. The day started out with Allamakee County Conservation providing an all-inclusive Ice Fishing experience.
Through the day, attendees were able to take in a Craft/Vendor Show that included a vineyard, a local photographer and a local artist, among other entries.
Also throughout the day, Main Street Lansing provided campfires, complete with complimentary hot chocolate, S'mores and hot dogs (big hits with the children).
Chain Reaction Carvings worked up five carvings through the day, including a fish jumping out of the water, a swan, an eagle, Bambi and a steamboat named 'USS Lansing.'
It's unbelievable how long people will watch an ice carver. This was definitely the star attraction. Once some of the ice carvings were complete, they became a great backdrop for family pictures. Some children were even provided souvenirs to carry with them (small pieces of ice to remember the day!)
Lansing's downtown was bubbling with the life of a warm summer day as families flocked to peruse the festivities.
The midday was broken up with a guided hike up the trails of Mt. Hosmer, complete with a fireside break at the top.
The afternoon brought Turkey Bowling and Snow Angels.
Lansing's WinterFest was topped off with the popular Chili Cook Off Competitions, which were competitive and very tasty. The competition had winners in two categories, Individuals and Local Businesses. Broken Paddle Lodge, RV Park and Campground took home the traveling trophy for a year's worth of bragging rights.
It was a great event put on by Main Street Lansing and they are already planning a bigger, even better one for 2016!
Picture courtesy of Sarah Majewski