Chilly Fest heats up downtown

Chilly Fest spiced up the downtown like a summer day in Alaska.

Like always, this year’s Chilly Fest had chili, snow, silver sticks, and ice carvings. But with the new year bringing some spice to chilly fest with free horse carriage rides, autographs from former red wing hockey star Darren McCarty, face painting for children, and even our very own Knowlton Ice Museum giving tours.

The downtown fun began Saturday with local vendors brewing some fresh chili. As everyone warmed up to the smell of sweet spicy chili and hot cocoa, the kids enjoyed the skating rink while on the McMorran ice. Former Red Wing right wing Darren McCarty met and signed autographs for fans.

As the chili started to simmer, the ice carving competition began. The ice carving got interesting when St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon took on deejay Chuck Santoni of WSAQ radio.

As the chili cooled down and the wind got colder, the bed races and brain freeze contests began. Everyone got ready for next weekend when they would share the victory of the chili cook off by sampling the winner’s chili at Desmond Landing starting Friday with the Outlaw Snowmobile Drag Races. The trials start Friday at noon, moving into Saturday and Sunday with opening ceremonies and pro finals.

The event also features live bands Friday and Saturday with free coffee and hot chocolate at Power’s Diner all day.

Mark M. Holden

V. Tyler Post

Staff Writers

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