Whether rain or shine, snow or, quite likely, no snow, Arctic Fever will go on!
“We always had a foundation of activities that did not need snow to take place,” said Sue Davis, chair of Arctic Fever.
This Saturday and Sunday, locations in and will host a variety of activities that celebrate winter, including bonfires and free hot cocoa and s’mores at Freeman Park and .
Dog lovers and their canine friends can participate in a skijoring training class from the Midwest Skijorers Club. Skijoring is cross country skiing with help from a dog, or dogs, that pull the skier. Registration is required for the class. The Club also promises to have other dog activities and information about “dog powered sports.”
New this year is geocaching, sponsored by the . According to Davis, Arctic Fever organizers have desired geocaching in the past, but the temperatures were too cold for the GPS devices.
The Winter Wear Exhibition is another new addition to the festival and will showcase the work of local residents.
Instead of sleigh rides, expect wagon rides through Freeman Park trails and downtown Excelsior.
“The wagon is more comfortable,” Davis put in.
Other activities include a coloring contest, a puppet show at , and an owl show at Freeman Park. The Princess Tea, featuring the Arctic Fever Snow Princess, will take place on Sunday, Jan. 15. To register for the tea and for a complete schedule of activities, visit arcticfever.net.