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Beaver Dam’s Cabin Fever Fest is Saturday

January 24, 2019

A fresh blanket of snow may be just what the doctor ordered. Those looking to fill a prescription for winter fun should head to Crystal Lake Park on Saturday for Beaver Dam’s annual Cabin Fever Fest.

Jana Stephens, Beaver Dam Community Activities and Services Department administrator, said the free event boasts a large variety of family-friendly activities throughout the day.

“Sledding conditions should be good, and we’re optimistic people will be able to use the ice rink, as well,” she said.

Beginning at 10 a.m., the festival includes a bonfire on the beach, outdoor games, ice skating, winter disc golf, sledding, wagon rides and ice fishing.

The popular chili cook-off takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contestants should drop off a slow cooker with a minimum of one gallon of chili before 11 a.m. Preregistration is not required.

“It’s free to enter and the people in attendance will be the judges,” Stephens said. “They can taste a small sample of each entry and vote for which one they like best. Prizes will be awarded for the top three favorites.”

Bring an appetite as Girl Scout Troop 61/2552 will have concessions for sale and Boy Scout Troop 724 will hold an outdoor Dutch oven cooking demonstration.

Dogs are invited to the event and can participate in an obstacle course and dog walk starting at noon. Treats will be provided for furry friends.

The snowball drop is back again this year. Meet on the sledding hill to watch it “snow” at 3 p.m. After balls are collected, they should be brought inside to exchange for prizes, including a prize for the person who collects the most balls. Bags to carry the balls are allowed, but cannot be used to catch the balls.

With temperatures expected to be in the single digits Saturday, Stephens advises people to bundle up.

“The warming shelter will be open so no one should be discouraged if it’s cold outside,” she said. “The library is conducting a craft indoors and Mayor Becky Glewen will hold a campfire talk with s’mores for all.”

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