Winter Fest gets new lease on life

Thursday, October 31, 2002

Favorite winer festival to return

"Thunder on Ice," co-sponsored by the BV Blizzard Busters and the Storm Lake Chamber of Commerce, will feature snowmobile rides and drag races, broom-ball games, a craft fair, food, singing and other entertainment.

Set for Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15 and 16, 2003, the group planning the winter festival is starting in earnest.

"It's time we have some fun in the winter," said Thayne Benz, one of the organizers of the event.

Planned activities should appeal to a wide ranging audience, organizers said.

Benz said the coming festival got started when the chamber contacted the Blizzard Busters about being part of an event. That group was eager to jump aboard, already having plans to do something locally.

"It's important we continue on with tourism," Benz said. "We have a lot of activities around Christmas, but we don't have a winter program. This will bring people out from the community and communities and communities around us to enjoy activities right on the lake."

Most of the activities will be located on the east side of Storm Lake and around the municipal golf course. Along with the snowmobile activities, organizers are hoping to see possible balloon fun flights Saturday and Sunday mornings, karaoke Saturday night for adults and children, a chili feed, a run/walk, the DARE pancake breakfast and a craft fair, along with possible ice and wood sculpting.

While there are a number of activities being discussed, the group also hopes to hear more suggestions from the public for the February 2003 Thunder on Ice. Anyone with an idea is encouraged to contact the chamber by calling 712-732-3780 or via e-mail to

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