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Friday, January 30, 2009

Fish Creek Winter Fest is Coming Soon! Be There!

The Fish Creek Winter Fest is just plain fun! You must try it - it's great for kids of all ages and fun for all. Here ar ethe official details, just released:


From: Paige Funkhouser
Fish Creek Civic Association
Office: (920) 868-2316 or 800-577-1880
Fax: 920-868-9425
Cure the winter blues, escape the everyday & come to the 22nd Annual Fish Creek Winter Festival!
Fish Creek, WI, Jan. 2008 — Cure your winter blues, escape the everyday and come to the 22nd annual Fish Creek Winter Festival in Fish Creek, Door County, WI: Feb. 6, 7 & 8, 2009. Come check out the wintery fun and excitement and make sure to wear warm boots!
The Winter Festival will kick off at 4 p.m. Friday afternoon with a community bonfire and live music with Julian Hagen and some surprises at Fish Creek Beach. After warming up at the bonfire, check out Hands On Art Studio for a Rock ‘n Roll Art night, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Join the revelers Saturday morning at 10 a.m. for Fish Creek’s zany parade down Main Street (Hwy. 42).
The Door County Sled dogs are new to Winter Festival this year. The eight-dog teams and their owners Bonnie Ulrich and Richard Desotelle will give rides, demonstrations and talk to visitors about the dogs, Sat., Feb. 7 – so make sure to get to Winter Festival early to get a ride!
Fantastic soups and handmade bowls will be available at Peninsula School of Art for visitors to purchase, and help support Feed My People of Door County and the Peninsula School of Art’s Outreach program. Soup is on from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Don’t miss the fifth annual Door County Idol! Six talented young singers will entertain the audience as they compete for the Door County Idol crown. Show is Saturday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m., tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students.
Music by Big Mouth will rock Fish Creek Saturday night at Alexander’s Restaurant. Check out the tunes, and don’t forget to buy raffle tickets for your chance at the BIG prizes – a 10 foot kayak and Packer tickets, or package prizes valued at $100 donated by Fish Creek businesses. Raffle tickets are available for purchase at various locations in Fish Creek.
Door County Trolley will offer free rides around town to help visitors get to and from areas of activity. Family-friendly games and activities (listed below) will begin around 11 a.m. and be ongoing until dusk, as will food and drinks. This year, area businesses are collaborating with Door County non-profit groups to share resources and help create a successful family-friendly winter festival.
Schedule for the 2009 Fish Creek Winter Festival:

Friday night:
4 p.m.-6 p.m.: Community campfire – Music with Julian Hagen & some surprises @ Fish Creek Beach
6:30 p.m.-10 p.m.: Rock-N-Roll Art Night @ Hands On Art Studio. Music by Big Mouth Trio. Free pizza, beer available for purchase.
7 a.m.-noon: Great American Pancake Show at the Gibraltar Fire Station on Cty. F. Great tasting, high flying, pancakingly fun! Coffee, juice & milk with your pancakes. $7 donation benefits the Door County Fire Departments.
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.: Build your own kite @ the Nor Door YMCA. Sponsored by the Fish Creek Kite Co., families can stop in and build their own kites. Kids can fly their kites in the parade too! $4 per kite.
10 a.m.: Winter Festival Parade – come watch the goofy fun as it rambles down Hwy. 42
11 a.m.-4p.m.:
• Kites Over the Bay @ Fish Creek Beach, sponsored by the Fish Creek Kite Co. Check out amazing kites as they fly brilliant colors in the winter sky.
• Concessions: Beer, Food & 2009 Winter Festival memorabilia
• Free Trolley rides around town and to the games
• Dog Sled Rides from Fish Creek Beach. The Door County Sled Dog team will offer rides - $10 for children, $15 for adults.
Family-friendly games & activities:
• Bike Toss @ Edge of Park & the Trillium Shop – Show off your muscles & balance & toss a bike. Tosser with the greatest distance wins!
• Fish Boil Toss – @ White Gull Inn (proceeds go to Girl Scouts) – Aim fish boil ingredients at the pot
• Fish hoops – @ Parkwood Lodge (proceeds go to Peninsula Players Theatre) – Warm up and toss rubber fish at the hoop in the indoor pool
• Ice bowling – @ Hat Head (proceeds go to Nor Door Athletics) – This slippery lane and winter weather will test your bowling skills.
• Kids Fishing Pond – @ Noble Square (proceeds go to Gibraltar Historical Association) – Bring the small fries to Noble square to try their luck at fishing in a small pond
• Kids Treasure Hunt @ Top of the Hill Shops – Kids of all ages are welcome to hunt for candy and prizes
• Kick-a-Fish & Football toss – @ Noble Square (proceeds go to Door County United soccer team) – Test your foot, hand and eye coordination
• Miniature Golf – @ Founders Square (proceeds go to Wellness Center of Door County) – Fish-themed mini golf course. Compete against your friends or strangers for the lowest par
• Prize-in-a-Fish – @ Santa Fe Shop (proceeds go to Family Centers of Door County)
• Snowshoe dance @ J. Jeffrey Taylor Jewelers – Think you have two left feet? Try dancing in snowshoes! Snowshoe Dance contest in the front yard of J. Jeffry Taylor Jewelers.
10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Winter Wine & Cherry Fest @
Orchard Country Winery & Market; Live
music from 1-4 p.m., winter sleigh rides
all day
11 a.m.-3 p.m.: Homemade soups and bowls @
Peninsula School of Art – Buy a bowl, eat some amazing soups & help Feed My People of Door County & the Peninsula School of Art Outreach Program
11 a.m.-3 p.m.: Chainsaw wood carving by
Dave Bartels @ HideSide Corner Store
11 a.m.-TBD: 4-on-4 Ice Volleyball Tournament
on the ice. Sponsored by the Northern Door Volleyball Association
12 p.m.-4 p.m.: Goldfish Races – @ Hands On
Art Studio (proceeds go to Door County Humane Society) with a Trolley to Hands On every 15 minutes
1 p.m.-4 p.m.: Pie Tin Toss @ Sweetie Pies in
the Settlement Shops (proceeds go to Sustain Door). Get the pie tin in the mouth of the polar bear and win a whole pie!
2 p.m.: Cherry Pit Spit @ Orchard Country
Winery & Market (proceeds go to Fish Creek Civic Association). Can you spit the pit the farthest?
5:30 p.m.-8 p.m.: Candlelight Ski @ Peninsula
State Park
7 p.m.: Door County Idol @ Door
Community Auditorium. Six of the
peninsula’s most talented young singers will perform for a panel of judges. Come cheer them on, the audience will vote for the finalist!
9 p.m.: Live Music @ Alexander’s Restaurant with Big Mouth

• Kites Over the Bay @ Fish Creek Beach
• Watch snow take form as carver Jeff Olson sculpts a masterpiece in Clark Park
• 9-11 a.m.: Chili Cook-Off entries accepted. Cook-off sponsored by the Gibraltar Grill. Test your “chili-ability” and bring a crock-pot of your favorite chili recipe to the Old Town Hall.
Top three winners receive cash.
• 11 a.m.-12 p.m.: Chili Cook-Off judging
• 12 p.m.: Chili Cook-Off winners announced and bowls of chili available for sale
Raffle drawings after Chili Cook-Off winner announced!

BIG Raffle prizes include:
A 10’ Wilderness Systems Pamlico 100 Kayak
Fishing shanty built by Door County Habitat for Humanity
2 Packer tickets

Make sure to check out the Pick-A-Prize raffle for more great prizes to Fish Creek businesses!
For more information, visit the Fish Creek Civic Association website:, call (920) 868-2316,or e-mail:


  1. I wish I could be there for the Winter Fest in Fish Creek

  2. The Fish Creek Winter Festival sounds like just what I need.

  3. The Fish Creek Winter Festival is great fun! All the holidays are over - it's February - we need stuff to do!

    Anyone who can, should attend - you will return year after year!


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