Planning is in full swing for this year's Extreme Winter Festival, to be held February 8-10.
A committee has been meeting for about two months to prepare for the snow-clad celebration, with Storm Lake United and Buena Vista University serving as sponsors.
"We've been discussing a lot of the events, coming up with a few new things, and thinking about ways to make this grow as a Storm Lake tradition," says Paige Baskerville of SLU.
A midwinter event is a must to help fight off cabin fever, she suggests.
"The idea is that we might as well embrace the winter season and have some fun with it," Baskerville says. "We want this to be a great chance for people to be out and active, to see people and take part in some fun family events together. Winter is a fact of life here, we might as well make the best of it."
Popular events like broomball, a hockey-like tournament played without skates on the ice, will return, along with the chili cookoff that proved so popular last year. The indoor triathlon will mark its second year.
A "Lose Your Winter Blues" concert will be planned at King's Pointe resort by Faith, Hope & Charity. Performers will include the Algona-based favorites Scott Larsen Band, a four-piece accoustic cover band with hits covering everything from Willie Nelson to James Taylor to Maroon 5; and The 8 Seconds Band, a rowdy country rock outfit out of Cedar Rapids. Tickets for the music will go on sale in January at $10 at SLU, FH&C and King's Pointe.
Among new events will be an open swim at the BVU natatorium on Sunday, and an activities tent to be set up in Chautauqua Park.
Plenty of indoor and outdoor events will be held for people of all ages - some depending on the weather and the amount of snow and ice available. In past editions of the event, there have been Polar Bear plunges, snowshoe racing, snow sculpture contests, snowmobiling, an obstacle course and more.
There is still time to get involved on the committee or as a volunteer. Call Paige Baskerville at 712-732-3780 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.