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Despite wind and bad ice, Ice Fest goes on

Posted: January 7, 2014 - 5:09pm
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Co-champions at the 2014 Breezy Point Ice Fest Pond Hockey Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 4, at Breezy Point Resort were the yellow team made up of Wayzata High School alumni who are all University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) students - front row,  Ben Steffens and Alex Turtinen, and standing from left, Kenzie Vold, Jake Steinbach and Alec Waszczenlo - and the green team made up of Twin Cities area residents - from left, Adam Johnson, Rick Dedonies, Kevin McNeely, Austin Vermenlew, John McNaughton and Brandon Berger. The black team placed third and was made up of Twin Cities area residents, as well as Jeremy Polluck from Crosslake. Winners received gift certificates courtesy of Dockside and Olympic medals. All 10 teams checked in despite the cold weather where temperatures plunged lower and lower throughout the day. Submitted Photo
Co-champions at the 2014 Breezy Point Ice Fest Pond Hockey Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 4, at Breezy Point Resort were the yellow team made up of Wayzata High School alumni who are all University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) students - front row, Ben Steffens and Alex Turtinen, and standing from left, Kenzie Vold, Jake Steinbach and Alec Waszczenlo - and the green team made up of Twin Cities area residents - from left, Adam Johnson, Rick Dedonies, Kevin McNeely, Austin Vermenlew, John McNaughton and Brandon Berger. The black team placed third and was made up of Twin Cities area residents, as well as Jeremy Polluck from Crosslake. Winners received gift certificates courtesy of Dockside and Olympic medals. All 10 teams checked in despite the cold weather where temperatures plunged lower and lower throughout the day. Submitted Photo

Though the wind was gusting and some events were cancelled because of bad ice, many area residents and visitors made their way to Ice Fest in Breezy Point to take advantage of the great outdoors Saturday, Jan. 4, before temperatures plummeted below zero in the following days.

The annual snowmobile radar runs and ice auger competitions were cancelled this year, both because of bad ice. Slush that formed on the ice made for unsafe conditions.

However, pond hockey tournaments were still on as 10 teams competed on two rinks. The competition was Olympic-themed this year with American flags between the rinks and Olympic-style medals for the winners.

Children and adults enjoyed the ice slide, a bonfire, a craft fair indoors and an ice skating rink.

Fireworks were launched in the evening. Zambelli Fireworks, which provided the show, said the cannons were adjusted for the wind, and added that the cold weather makes the show brighter and louder.

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