NISSWA -- The Nisswa Jaycees Winter Jubilee will run Friday through Sunday with the theme "30 Years of Spirit." The Jubilee will feature outdoor sports, a parade, music and dancing.
The Jubilee will start at 5:30 p.m. Friday with a bonfire and snow sculpture viewing. Despite mild winter conditions, the snow sculpture contest was made possible this year thanks to Brian Stumvoll. He volunteered his time and his equipment to haul in snow for the annual event, said Patty McDonald, Nisswa Jaycees member. The event is sponsored by Echo Publishing and Viking Label.
At 6:30 p.m. Friday, there will be a Kids Mini Jubilee complete with activities, prizes and food. Then there will be a free D.J. dance in a tent erected in downtown Nisswa until 11:30 p.m.
"Friday is a family day," McDonald said. "There are activities for the kids and parents will enjoy it as much as the kids."
Saturday will be anchored by two main events that have become traditional winter highlights: the parade and the Big Top Dance.
The Nisswa Jaycees Winter Jubilee parade will start at noon. Following the parade, vendors will offer food, and the wood splitting contest, volleyball and broomball tournaments will be held. There will be a medallion hunt for children at 1 p.m., and Karaoke contest at 2 p.m. in the tent, with registration by 1:45 p.m. There will be CDs available, or contestants may bring their own, but they must be Karaoke CDs. Age groups are 13-19 and 20 and up.
Silent Partner will play in the tent for a street dance from 8 p.m. to midnight. The cost of the dance is $5.
"Saturday is the main event," said Pam Zimmerman, Nisswa Jaycees president. "The day kicks off with the Jubilee parade and there is non stop fun until the dance at 7:30 p.m."
Sunday, anglers and families can fish for prizes at the Ice Fishing Derby from noon to 3 p.m. on Nisswa Lake. It is always a fun event with many prizes for people to win, McDonald said.
After the Fishing Derby, visit the Nisswa American Legion for the annual tug-of-war match between the Brainerd and Nisswa Jaycees. A jam session with rhythm, blues and dance music by Blues Train and guest musicians will follow.
This year marks the 30th year the Nisswa Jaycees have been an area organization. The Jaycees were founded in September 1972. The following year the Jaycees organized the first Nisswa Jaycees Winter Jubilee.
"We plan to make this year's event live up to its tradition," Zimmerman said. "We will celebrate 30 years of spirit and community together in Nisswa."
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