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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.

Pancake Breakfast

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. area04@somi.org 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.

Live Auction

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.

WinterFest Raffle

$1,000  Randy Rousselo, Roscommon

$500     Diane Lippert, Roscommon

$250     Carl Jock, Roscommon

WinterFest Raffle Drawing Princess: Annalise Wills (Traverse City)

Winterfest Snow Sculpture

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