The second weekend of the 50th anniversary of Coon Rapids Snowflake Days features two events, both Saturday and Sunday.
One of the two activities scheduled tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 1) is outside, weather permitting – a youth ice fishing tournament at Crooked Lake from 10 a.m. to noon, sponsored by the Coon Rapids Athletic Association, with prizes to be awarded.
The second event tomorrow is at the Coon Rapids Ice Center at 5:30 p.m. when Coon Rapids police officers and firefighters, as the Coon Rapids Guns & Hoses, join forces with the Rum River Lawmen to take on the Minnesota NHL alumni in a charity hockey game.
Tickets at the door are $5 or $2 for wearers of the Coon Rapids Snowflake Days button with proceeds benefiting Coon Rapids Heart Safe and the Kevin Roche Memorial Assistance Fund.
Following the game, there will be a silent auction at the Broadway Pizza in Coon Rapids.
Sunday morning, Feb. 2, there is an all-you-can-eat waffle breakfast at the Coon Rapids VFW, 1919 Coon Rapids Blvd., hosted by the Coon Rapids North Star Lions Club, from 8 a.m. to noon.
Tickets are $7 per person; children age five and under eat free. Proceeds will support Coon Rapids youth organizations.
A pickleball tournament takes place Sunday, Feb. 2, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Coon Rapids Middle School, 11600 Raven St. NW.
Pickleball, which is a cross between badminton, tennis and ping pong, is played on a court with a whiffle ball and a hard paddle.
There are some midweek events planned, too.
The Coon Rapids Senior Center will host a beach party Monday, Feb. 3, 11 a.m., headlined by Beachcomber Bob, followed by a noon meal.
Also planned at the senior center are chair massages from HealthSource Chiropractic Monday, Feb. 3 and Snowflake bingo sponsored by Culver’s of Coon Rapids which will be providing a treat, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 10:30 a.m.
There are two Snowflake Days events on tap for Thursday, Feb. 6.
At the Harvest Grill restaurant, GB Leighton and Tim Mahoney will present a concert from 8-10 p.m.; doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person.
Meanwhile, at the Wintercrest Park sledding hill, 10200 Woodcrest Dr., a sledding party is planned from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The warming house will be open.
Ongoing Snowflake Days continue, including the medallion hunt; clues are posted daily at 8 a.m. on the Coon Rapids Snowflake Days website (www.coonrapidssnowflakedays.weebly.com) until the medallion is found.
In addition, there is the ongoing history trivia contest.
The 50th anniversary of the Coon Rapids Snowflake Days celebration is “certainly a really big deal,” according to Diane Buszta, Coon Rapids Snowflake Association president.
And despite the weather, Buszta said she hopes the community supports the events.
“There are events for young and old, boys and girls, men and women,” Buszta said.
“We are supposed to be hardy Minnesotans who expect the snow and cold.”
Snow sculpture contest
A snow sculpture contest returns for the 50th anniversary of Coon Rapids Snowflake Days.
It is open to individuals, family or groups in Coon Rapids.
But entrants must register the address where their sculptures can be found no later than today (Friday, Jan. 31).
A form to register snow sculptures is on the Coon Rapids Snowflake Days website at www.coonrapidssnowflakedays.weebly.com; click on “Snow Sculpture Contest.”
Judging of all snow sculptures entered will take place Sunday, Feb. 9.
Winners will be announced Friday, Feb. 14, 8 p.m., during the Valentine’s Day Sno Ball Dance at the Coon Rapids Civic Center.
Cash prizes, yet to be determined, will be awarded to the first- , second- and third-place winners.
A Coon Rapids history trivia contest is an ongoing event of the 50th anniversary of Coon Rapids Snowflake Days.
The first question related to Coon Rapids history was published in the Coon Rapids Herald and posted on the Coon Rapids Snowflake Days website (www.coonrapidssnowflakedays.weebly.com) Jan. 24.
The second question is, “The first brickyard on Coon Creek was owned by whom.”
Questions will also be published in the Coon Rapids Herald and on the Snowflake Days website Feb. 7 and 14.
Community members can submit their answers by completing a form found on the “Coon Rapids Trivia Contest” page of the Snowflake Days website.
A $125 cash prize is awarded to one winner on each of the four contest dates via a random drawing of all correct answers.
The prizes are sponsored by Coon Rapids-based Cedar Valley Exteriors, which for the past 14 years has helped property owners in 28 states restore and improve their assets, according to the company website.
Peter Bodley is at firstname.lastname@example.org