Feb 5, 2022
TWIN LAKES — The inaugural TWINterfest will be held today in Twin Lakes. From ice skating and toboggan rides to UTV and motorcycle races on the ice, there will be events for all ages.
Organizer Bill Stephenson, who lives on the lake, said this is an event they’ve been considering for quite some time.
“We’ve got some friends that get together in the winter for bonfires on the lake the past four or five years and each year it’s just gotten bigger and bigger,” he said. ” A few years ago a friend came up with the name ‘TWINterfest’ and we’ve talked about the idea since. Well this year I was talking with Mike Murphy who opened Traditions and he said he would open the store for the day and after he said that we started brainstorming and built this event up in about a month.”
Stephenson said the event is completely volunteer driven and geared toward fundraising for charities around the lake, such as Twin Lakes Bible Camp.
“We’re doing the Polar Plunge for the fire department. We actually had one girl who has raised over $2,500 on her own in pledges just for the Polar Plunge,” he said.
Stephenson said they’ve plowed about seven miles of trail on the lake that people can follow and despite the warmer temperatures forecasted today, there’s no concern for the stability of the ice. “The weather is going to be beautiful. There’s no worries about the ice. If there was, we would cancel the events,” he said.
Events will be happening at various locations throughout the day for all ages and interests.
There will be an ATV/UTV/Car Poker Run and Snowmobile Poker Run. Event goers can watch the Ice Oval Races with motorcycles, ATVs and UTVs racing on the ice.
At the Twin Lakes Bible Camp, they will have the Toboggan Slide Tower open, ice skating, broomball games, several fire pits and s’mores kits for purchase, a BBQ lunch and concessions, warm-up stations with hot chocolate, hot cider, and cookies available for purchase, barrel sleigh rides, ice bowling on the lake, and a slingshot kite exhibition.
Traditions at the Lil’ Store will be open for just today serving pizza and refreshments.
A Polar Plunge will test the courage of participants as they jump into 33 degree water. All proceeds from this event will be distributed directly to the Manson and Rockwell City volunteer fire departments, which protect the Twin Lakes area..
Those looking for a more relaxing experience can head over to snow yoga in Twin Lakes State Park for a half hour yoga session in the snow.
To close out the event, there will be a big bonfire across the road from Traditions. Event goers are asked to bring their own chairs and refreshments.
The full schedule of events with times and locations can be found at twinterfest.org. Many of the events will be free to watch and some activities are asking for donations that will mostly go to support the Twin Lakes Bible Camp.
Here is s schedule of some major TWINterfest events:
9 a.m. — ATV/UTV/Car poker run begins at Traditions
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Tobogganing
Noon — Ice oval races
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. — Polar Plunge to benefit the Manson and Rockwell City fire departments
2 p.m. — Yoga