2009-02-14 / Top News

Thaw Fails To Dampen Spirit of Winter Festival

Island Community Gathers for Celebration

Three-year-old Jack Kaminen, armed with a small wooden bat, takes aim at a turtle piñata during the Winter Festival at Great Turtle Park Saturday, February 7. (Photograph by Susan Bennett) Three-year-old Jack Kaminen, armed with a small wooden bat, takes aim at a turtle piñata during the Winter Festival at Great Turtle Park Saturday, February 7. (Photograph by Susan Bennett) Fog and warmer temperatures did not dampen the mood for Mackinac Island community members for the 33rd annual Winter Festival Saturday, February 7, and Sunday, February 8. Close to $5,000 was raised for the benefit of Mackinac Island Recreational Development.

"The weather was damp but warm at Great Turtle Park Saturday," said Anneke Myers, volunteer. "There were close to 150 people there. Both days we had a good turnout of people."

Saturday's events featured outdoor games for children and adults, including broomball, snow golf, an obstacle challenge course, archery, and a pinata challenge.

Saturday ended with a Hollywood-theme dance at Mission Point Resort for the younger children and a teen night bonfire at Turtle Park.

Sunday's events were held at Mackinac Island Public School, with a brunch served to begin the day.

No slowing this turtle down...Colton Fisher, dressed as Mackinac Island Winter Festival's mascot, gears up for a cross-country ski adventure at Great Turtle Park Saturday, February 7. (Photograph by Susan Bennett) No slowing this turtle down...Colton Fisher, dressed as Mackinac Island Winter Festival's mascot, gears up for a cross-country ski adventure at Great Turtle Park Saturday, February 7. (Photograph by Susan Bennett) Events that day included more outdoor games, such as a snowmobile poker run, archery, snow volleyball, and many indoor games, including dart ball, bingo, a foil game, and a carnival that included several kiddie games in teacher Karen Allen's classroom.

The annual photograph contest for the 2011 Seasons of Mackinac calendar drew 275 entries, said contest coordinator Leanne Brodeur. Photographs were submitted by people from across the country, such as Texas, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Florida, and even from Canada.

Results of the public voting contest will be announced at a later date, according to Mrs. Brodeur.

Mrs. Brodeur was able to bring 4-H Club's 16-year-old halflinger horse, Blaze, to the school for sleigh rides. Because of the warmer weather, sleigh rides were called off during Saturday's events.

Sunday, Mrs. Brodeur took people on the three-person sleigh ride around town and back to the school. Blaze is on loan to the 4-H Club from Jodi Barna of Plainwell.

It was a sister duo running the concession stand at Great Turtle Park during Winter Festival Saturday, February 7. Patty Prendergast of the Island (left) and her sister, Rita Bouwman, of Owosso, voluntarily manned the station throughout the day. Mrs. Bouwman visited the Island with her husband, Dutch, over the festival weekend. (Photograph by Susan Bennett) It was a sister duo running the concession stand at Great Turtle Park during Winter Festival Saturday, February 7. Patty Prendergast of the Island (left) and her sister, Rita Bouwman, of Owosso, voluntarily manned the station throughout the day. Mrs. Bouwman visited the Island with her husband, Dutch, over the festival weekend. (Photograph by Susan Bennett) The day ended with a decorated snowmobile parade and contest.

Winners of games and contests Sunday follow:

Decorated snowmobile contest:

1st place - "Jackie's School Bus," Jackie Bradley

2nd place - "Red Wings," Jamie Bynoe

3rd place - "Mouse," Marion Bunker and Nicholas Davis

Honorable mention - "Aloha," Nikki Charbonneau; "Valentine," Julie Barch

Snow sculpture contest:

1st place - "Turtle, treasure chest, shark," Jay Barch and Nikki Charbonneau

Warmer temperatures created a foggy backdrop to Mackinac Island Winter Festival's outdoor events at Great Turtle Park Saturday, February 7. (Photograph by Susan Bennett) Warmer temperatures created a foggy backdrop to Mackinac Island Winter Festival's outdoor events at Great Turtle Park Saturday, February 7. (Photograph by Susan Bennett) 2nd place - "SpongeBob," Hepker family

3rd place - "Bear with three figures," Steve Zacharias

Honorable mention - "SpongeBob," 4-H Club; "Turtle, snowmobile, and heart," Styburski family

50/50 raffle - Bertha Green, $215

Cookie contest - Crunchy oatmeal mango, Karl Stuber

Poker run - Straight flush, Anthony Rickley

Top button seller - Colton Fisher

Prizes:

Five-gallon gas at Union Terminal Pier - Nancy Marks

20-ride commuter book, Star Line - Grace Crowley

Round-trip flight, Great Lakes Air - Hailey Bean

$50 savings bond, First National Bank - Sam Barnwell

Bicycle tune-up, Mackinac Wheels - Mark Huber

Halee Tokarz, a Mackinac Island Public School seventh grade student, oversees the turtle race during Winter Festival Sunday, February 8. The object of the game is to bet on which turtle reaches the finish line first, as each turtle advances by the number of times its number shows up on a dice roll. Halee Tokarz, a Mackinac Island Public School seventh grade student, oversees the turtle race during Winter Festival Sunday, February 8. The object of the game is to bet on which turtle reaches the finish line first, as each turtle advances by the number of times its number shows up on a dice roll. Valentine raffle - Karen Miljour, Molly and Halee Tokarz

Chocolate Turtle Cake, Great Turtle Cake Company - Anneke Myers

Mackinac Island Public School Board of Education Trustee Sara Chambers (second from left) chats with former board member Trish Martin (far left) at the bake sale and cookie contest table in the school multipurpose room. Mackinac Island Public School Board of Education Trustee Sara Chambers (second from left) chats with former board member Trish Martin (far left) at the bake sale and cookie contest table in the school multipurpose room. At the Mackinac Island Winter Festival, nine-month-old Lakelyn Bunker, with assistance from her mother, Holly Schultz, tries her luck at the ring-a-pen game, where participants throw plastic rings at pens standing up in front of them. At the Mackinac Island Winter Festival, nine-month-old Lakelyn Bunker, with assistance from her mother, Holly Schultz, tries her luck at the ring-a-pen game, where participants throw plastic rings at pens standing up in front of them. Danielle Wightman, a senior at the Island school and volunteer at the Seasons of Mackinac calendar photograph contest, with Luna (left) and Poppy Stamey, shows off one of the 275 photographs submitted for a contest for the 2011 calendar. Results are to be announced soon. Danielle Wightman, a senior at the Island school and volunteer at the Seasons of Mackinac calendar photograph contest, with Luna (left) and Poppy Stamey, shows off one of the 275 photographs submitted for a contest for the 2011 calendar. Results are to be announced soon. Island preschool student Ethan Cotton, with his father, Steve, points to the floating duck of his choice, to see what kind of a prize he will win during the Winter Festival children's carnival Sunday, February 8. Island preschool student Ethan Cotton, with his father, Steve, points to the floating duck of his choice, to see what kind of a prize he will win during the Winter Festival children's carnival Sunday, February 8. Preschooler Mabel Styburski is a winner in the penny hunt game during the children's carnival. Michi Mullings, a Mackinac Island school senior staffing the game station, congratulates her on winning a prize. Preschooler Mabel Styburski is a winner in the penny hunt game during the children's carnival. Michi Mullings, a Mackinac Island school senior staffing the game station, congratulates her on winning a prize.

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