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Winterfest draws crowds to Crosslake

Posted: February 4, 2014 - 4:53pm
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From right, Mary Plein and Joan Johnson, of the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association, served a bubbling vat of wood-fired ham and bean soup to Linda Conder of Crosslake at the Army Corps of Engineers campground. The team of the Army Corps and Scenic Byway took first place in the amateur division of Soupfest during Winterfest Saturday, Feb. 1. Photo by Kate Perkins
From right, Mary Plein and Joan Johnson, of the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association, served a bubbling vat of wood-fired ham and bean soup to Linda Conder of Crosslake at the Army Corps of Engineers campground. The team of the Army Corps and Scenic Byway took first place in the amateur division of Soupfest during Winterfest Saturday, Feb. 1. Photo by Kate Perkins

Though it was a bit chilly, there was plenty of soup to warm up with at Crosslake WinterFest and SoupFest Saturday, Feb. 1.

Numerous businesses — restaurants, retail and beyond — competed in SoupFest this year, vying for the golden ladle. Manhattan’s took home the ladle in the culinary division with a chicken pot pie soup, complete with a puff pastry topping. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Crosslake Campground and Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association took home the ladle in the amateur division with a navy bean and ham soup.

Other events took place around the city, including radar runs that drew a large crowd to Moonlite Bay. Ice car racing brought action to the Cedar Chest and Big Pine Lake, and the Corps of Engineers Campground had kids coloring their own T-shirts with water safety messages and making s’mores over a bonfire.

Events kicked off Friday, Jan. 31, with skating, fireworks and a snow hill at the Crosslake Community Center.

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