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WinterFest February 14, 2015
The Higgins Lake-Roscommon Chamber of Commerce WinterFest Committee thanks all who came out on Saturday and braved the cold, wind and blowing snow to volunteer, compete or just take a look at all the events that took place around Higgins Lake and Roscommon. We had a great turnout, especially at our indoor venues. It was very, very cold but, you came out and supported WinterFest on its 25th Anniversary.
We filled Stream Side Restaurant Saturday morning for a fantastic breakfast. The Ladies from Munson (Mercy Family Care) in Roscommon ran plates of food out to the tables, while Captain Bob and Crew, worked to keep up with the demand.
Ice Fishing Derby
Six children entered the competition this year and went home with Jet Sleds full of ice fishing gear! Congrats to all of you and we are looking forward to seeing what you bring in at WinterFest 2016! We hope you know that this competition is open to adults too!
Grand Prize Madelynn Williams, 9 years old, Grayling MI 25” Pike
Nathan Helmreich, 9 years old, Freeland MI 12” Perch
Rielly Cherven, 8 years old, Roscommon MI 17-1/4” Lake Trout
Kaden Cherven, 11 years old, Roscommon MI 17-1/4” Lake Trout
Mitch Cherven, 10 years old, Roscommon MI 17” Lake Trout
Gabriel Fisher, 5 years old, Fenton MI 8-1/2” Perch
Crazy Crazyboard Sled Race
Open Division-Originality Open Division-Speed
1st Brandon Denter 1st Kaidyn Biedel
2nd Logan Hasting 2nd Gage Aidan
3rd Jennifer Surdock 3rd Bradley Combs
Business Division-Originality Superior Global Logistics
Business Traveling Trophy –Speed Daniel Decker CPA
Kuddos to everyone that volunteered and competed in this year’s competition. It was brutally cold at Pioneer Hill on Saturday. Trophies are awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place entries, all other Open Division participants receive a medal.
Snowmobile Radar Run
Unfortunately the Snowmobile Radar Run was canceled. Safety concerns with the very poor visibility, frigid temps and keeping the fence in place called for the cancelation of the event. We apologize to those of you that came and could not compete.
Chili Cook-off Winner Fred’s of Roscommon (#6)
Entries by Assigned Voting # #1 Rosco’s Restaurant
#2 Paul’s Silver Dollar
#3 VFW Post 4159 Roscommon
#4 Grayling Moose Lodge
#5 Higgins Lake Beach Hut
#7 Ralph A. MacMullan Center
#8 Stream Side Restaurant
The winner was chosen by popular vote of the WinterFest attendees. Everyone is looking forward to seeing the winning entry from Fred’s being served very soon! Watch for it on the “Board”.
Broomball Winner Jim’s Collision
Five teams competed in this year’s competition. They included Roscommon Rotary Club, Higgins Lake Boat Club, Nester Chevrolet, The Brotherhood, and the winner – Jim’s Collision. Each team contributed $100, the total contribution of $500 was split, with half being donated to Roscommon Boy Scout Troop 944 and the remaining $250 to Grayson’s Gift. We would like to hear back from The Brotherhood that competed this year for the first time. Please call Steve at (989)915-9489.
Kids Karnival Showman Building Contest
Winners braving the cold and wind this year are….
Kalie and Daniel Luckett and Abigail, Elinor and Mirabel Hnizda worked together to construct the winning snowman. Each of our winners was took home a $10 iTunes gift card!
The winner of the “Chocolate Kiss” jar was Judy Masura, guessing 450! Happy Valentine’s Day!
Special Olympics Polar Plunge
Water was optional this year for Polar Plunge as surface temp was -15 degrees and with wind chill we braved -35 degrees for group photo. Polar Plunge Theme was “Hollywood” and total fundraising efforts to date were $3,749.00 with more info about individual teams/pledges: http://www.firstgiving.com/polarplunge/Higgins15 Best Dress Costume: Dennis “The Blue Whale” Carroll (Roscommon). Top Individual Fundraiser (most pledges): Dennis Carroll (Roscommon) $1030.00. Thanks for your support! A special thank you goes out to the Roscommon County Sheriff’s Department Dive Team. [email protected] has invited you to view the following shared folder: 2015 Polar Plunge Photos (Group Photo being shared in next email: L-R Marc Wills of Traverse City, Dennis Carroll of Roscommon, Aubrey MacIntosh of Frankemeuth, David Sawyer of Kalamazoo). Special thanks to Area 4 supporters Diane Lippert, Steve & Pam Miller, Frank Homola of Gerrish Township for use of facilities, Roscommon County Sheriff’s department and Roscommon High School National Honor Society for providing volunteers on-site.
Relay for Life
Team Faith Relay for Life sponsored the annual ‘frozen t-shirt’ contest this year, raising $276.
The Live Auction at the AfterGlow Awards Celebration at Paul’s Silver Dollar was great! Matt Nester did a wonderful job as our Auctioneer again this year.
$1,000 Randy Rousselo, Roscommon
$500 Diane Lippert, Roscommon
$250 Carl Jock, Roscommon
WinterFest Raffle Drawing Princess: Annalise Wills (Traverse City)
2014 -2015 Chamber Executive Board
President Amy Schmitt, Lear Corporation
Vice President Kurtis Norton, Village Hardware
Treasurer Dar Stead-Smith, North Central Area Credit Union
Secretary Andrea Weiss, Chemical Bank
Director Terry Morley, Ambassador
Executive Director Connie Allen
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