Ham Lake Snowbowl an escape to winter fun

by Eric Hagen
Staff Writer

The sixth annual Snowbowl is set for Saturday, Feb. 11 at Ham Lake Park.

Skijoring, a dog sled race and dog sled pulling are the dog theme competitions that take place at the Ham Lake Snowbowl. File photo by Eric Hagen

A new requirement this year is that almost every person needs to have a $3 Snowbowl button to attend the event. Children ages five or under get in free, according to Chris Mickman, chairperson of the Ham Lake Snowbowl Committee. Snowbowl buttons can be purchased from most of the businesses in Ham Lake. Volunteers will be at the park the day of the event selling buttons.

This year’s button was designed by Ellie Talbot, a fourth-grade student at McKinley Elementary School.

A button will get a parking space, admission to the Snowbowl and one free guess on when the metal Snowbowl sculpture will fall through the ice for a chance to win $500. Additional guesses can be purchased for $2 each or buy eight guesses for $10. The sculpture will be on display at the event.

The Snowbowl has seen some brutal cold and windy weather and beautiful sunshine throughout its previous five years. The lead-up to this Snowbowl is the warmest it has ever been, Mickman said.

Nevertheless, Mickman said there is plenty of snow to put on the event and there are once again many fun activities for people to enjoy.

The medallion hunt will kick off the festivities. The first clue will be released Monday, Feb. 6 on the Ham Lake Area Chamber of Commerce’s website (www.hamlakecc.org), at the Holtz Garden Center and at Ham Lake City Hall.

All events will be at Ham Lake Park, which is located on the north side of 153rd Avenue about a mile east of Highway 65.

Anyone interested in watching the snow sculptures take shape are invited out to stop by Ham Lake Park from noon to 11 p.m. Friday,

Feb. 10. A DJ will be there from about 6 to 10 p.m. Refreshments will be available.

This year’s Snowbowl button was designed by Ellie Talbot, a fourth-grade student at McKinley Elementary School. Courtesy of Ham Lake Area Chamber of Commerce

An 11-hour broomball tournament from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. marks the start and end of this year’s Snowbowl. There are many races or activities to watch or take part in during the day, which are all listed below. A large tent will give guests a place to warm up and find out more about local businesses in the business expo. Food and beverages will be sold by vendors.

Saturday, Feb. 11 schedule

• 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Broomball tournament

• 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Snow golf

• 10 a.m.: Skijoring race

• 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Helicopter rides (weather permitting)

• 10:30 a.m.to 3 p.m.: Sled dog rides

•11 a.m.: Sled dog races

• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Ice fishing contest

• Noon: Dog pull competition

• 12:30 p.m.: Vintage snowmobile expo

• 2:30 p.m.: Snow sculpture judging

• 2:45 p.m.: Final awards presentation

Eric Hagen is at [email protected]