Spicer Winterfest celebrates the season in ice and snow on kickoff weekend

Spicer Winterfest kicks off with construction of this year’s ice castle and snowmobile races on Green Lake from Central Minnesota Pond Racing.

Ice blocks from Green Lake to be made into ice castle
Volunteers begin the process of building the Spicer Winterfest ice castle on Jan. 15, 2022. Massive blocks of ice from Green Lake were pulled, cut and lifted into place by a group of dedicated builders despite the near zero temperatures.
Shelby Lindrud / West Central Tribune

SPICER — Thanks to a fresh blanket of several inches of snow, the stage was set for a seasonable start to the 2022 Spicer Winterfest celebration over the weekend. Events will take place over the next few weeks including pond hockey, the Polar Plunge, sledding, a fishing tournament, concerts and fireworks.

Ice blocks were carved out of the frozen surface of Green Lake on Saturday and brought up to the shore using heavy machinery as volunteers began the heavy and cold job of building this year's ice castle. By mid-afternoon on Saturday, the castle was already starting to take shape. The ice castle was scheduled to be completed by the end of the day Sunday.

As castle construction went on, the sound of engines came in from the surface of the frozen Green Lake. Using a racetrack plowed out of the lake surface, the Central Minnesota Pond Racing snowmobile races began at 11 a.m. Saturday. Dozens of races took place, with snowmobilers whipping their rides around the course.

Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

She can be reached via email or direct 320-214-4373.

What To Read Next
Get Local