Northwoods celebration of winter – Yeti Fest
Something for everyone at the event held at Nicolet College
The community is invited for a celebration of all things winter at Yeti Fest Saturday, Feb. 23, on the Nicolet College Campus just south of Rhinelander.
The free, day-long, family-friendly community festival will feature more than a dozen different activities that will take place both indoors and outdoors from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
“We’ve designed Yeti Fest so there really is something for everyone and all of the activities are free,” said Toni Van Doren, one of the Yeti Fest organizers from Nicolet.
“Inside we’ll show the free movie ‘Harry and the Hendersons,’ featuring Yeti’s cousin the Sasquatch, and there will be all kinds of indoor games and activities for kids and adults, live music by Boat Patrol, a DJ, and food and beverages which will be available for purchase from six different establishments.
“For those who love to play outside in the snow, there will be the Yeti Snowshoe Project where we’ll snowshoe the outline of a giant yeti out in the Nicolet Field, human sled dog races, human foosball, an obstacle course set up by the YMCA of the Northwoods, snowman decorating and a sledding hill.”
All events will take place in or around the Lakeside Center unless otherwise noted. Times for events are as follows:
– Snowman making and decorating (if snow conditions allow): 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
– Live music by Boat Patrol: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
– Wagon rides around campus: noon to 3 p.m.
– Eagle River Children’s Museum/YMCA of the Northwoods children’s games and activities: noon to 4 p.m.
– Yeti Snowshoe Project – Fieldside Center – Nicolet Field: 1 p.m. Grow North Economic Development Corp. will have free hot chocolate and cookies available in the Fieldside Center.
– Human Sled Dog Racing – Fieldside Center: 2 p.m.
– Human Foosball: 3 p.m.
– Free movie “Harry and the Hendersons”: 4 p.m.
– YMCA of the Northwoods Obstacle Course: afternoon
– Yeti mask making: all day.
– Video Games: all day.
– Adult board games: afternoon.
– Sledding hill: all day.
– DJ during certain times of the day.
– Warming fire on the Lake Julia Terrace.
A wide variety of food will also be available for purchase. This will include hearty pulled pork and mac and cheese from CT’s Deli, delectable cupcakes and other treats from BC Cakes & More, mouth-watering baked goods from Brigitte Bakes, beer from the Rhinelander Brewery which will include a special Yeti Fest brew, and wine and traditional deli items from Nicolet’s Bytes Cafe.
Van Doren noted that this is not just a Nicolet event as many different organizations and businesses pulled together this Northwoods community winter festival.
“It was very encouraging to see the level of enthusiasm from so many different people,” she said.
Other sponsors include NRG Media, NBC 12 WJFW, YMCA of the Northwoods, Northwoods Innovation, Eagle River Children’s Museum, and the Grow North Economic Development Corporation.
Nicolet College is located one mile south of Rhinelander just off of Hwy. G.
For more information on Yeti Fest, visit nicoletcollege.edu/yetifest.