(File photo) Sculptors are busy with their creations at last year’s Zehnder’s Snowfest in Frankenmuth. This year’s event is from today through Monday.

Winter festival underway in Frankenmuth

FRANKENMUTH – Nearly a week of winter fun is being carved up at the 2020 Zehnder’s Snowfest in Frankenmuth.
The 29th annual festival begins today and goes until Monday.
“Larger-than-life snow sculptures and dazzling ice creations will fill Frankenmuth,” a Snowfest news release states. “Both amateur and professional snow-and-ice-sculpting teams will compete for championship titles.”
World-class professional snow sculptors are slated to begin carving out giant works of art today in the Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth parking lot, 730 S. Main St. All ice and snow sculptures will be completed for public viewing by Saturday morning.
Local teams from Michigan also will compete in the state of Michigan snow sculpting category across Main Street in the Bavarian Inn Restaurant parking lot today through Friday. On Thursday and Friday, a high school snow sculpting competition takes place at Frankenmuth River Place Shops, 925 S. Main St.
The “All Things Chocolate Baking Contest” returns today in the warming tent behind Zehnder’s. Also inside the warming tent, there will be door prizes, food samples, demonstrations, complimentary recipe books and live music.
Doors open for the Snowfest luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in Zehnder’s main dining room. The show stars Gary Todd performing a one-man show that includes his mastery of 10 instruments, music, song, comedy and more. Tickets are $45 per person and includes meal, tax, tip and entertainment.
Throughout Friday, visitors can stop by the warming tent for live music and a karaoke contest. Also on Friday, from 2:15-3 p.m. in the warming tent, the Detroit Tigers’ winter caravan returns to Snowfest, where visitors can meet Tigers staff, coaches and players during a question-and-answer event.
“Every year we work to create a special week to celebrate the winter season,” Zehnder’s Chairman/CEO Al Zehnder said. “Our staff, volunteers, sponsors, Frankenmuth businesses and our Chamber of Commerce come together to welcome visitors and area residents to the best of Frankenmuth.”
Event organizers expect more than 100,000 winter enthusiasts to attend Snowfest.
The forecast for the next few days calls for high temperatures in the mid-30s, with snow showers expected Saturday.
The Collegiate Alumni Ice Carving Challenge and Collegiate Ice Carving competitions begin Friday with the theme “Under the Stars.” The event takes place on Main Street at the Edwin L. Zehnder Park. The annual fireworks display is scheduled for 6:45 p.m Saturday.
Snowfest wraps up at 6 p.m. Monday with the 29th annual Chef’s Hot Food Competition and Tasting at Zehnder’s. Food will be prepared by local chefs and area culinary students. Tickets are $30 per person, with proceeds supporting the Saginaw East Side Soup Kitchen “After School Meal Program.” Reservations can be made by calling 989-652-0450.
All scheduled outdoor activities and events may be changed due to weather conditions.
For a complete Snowfest schedule, visit zehnderssnowfest.com, or Zehnder’s Snowfest on Facebook.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.