Frostbite Challenge will feature plenty of family fun

A vintage snowmobile show and run, snow golf and an outdoor ice bar are the marquee event additions to this year’s Monticello’ Frostbite Challenge.
The third annual celebration of all things chilly runs Jan. 7 to Jan. 13 and includes events the entire family can enjoy. The list of Frostbite Challenge events kicks off early this week with Monday’s online release of the first medallion hunt clue.
One cryptic clue will be released each day throughout the week on the Monticello Times newspaper website ( as well as the official Frostbite Challenge website (
The Station Bar & Grill’s outdoor ice bar has been open since Dec. 22. The fully functioning ice sculpture features a luge to pour and chill various cocktails.
The Monticello Chamber of Commerce & Industry has partnered with the Monticello Lions Club and St. Cloud-based Simply Outdoor Experiences to help run the popular fishing contest on Pelican Lake. Additionally, Simple Outdoors Experiences will host this year’s free Family Fishing Seminar at Pinewood Elementary School, which will include seminar instruction from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11.
The seminar will feature professional fisherman and guide Scott Seibert. There will be a short presentation, question and answer and stations showing the latest fishing gear and outerwear, Door prizes will be awarded.
The pond hockey tournament returns Saturday, Jan. 12, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fourth Street Park in Monticello. The U.S. Smoosh Racing Championships will run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the park. Teams of four will attach their shoes to two, 8-foot pieces of lumber and race 25 yards down and back across a snow-filled  course.
The first-ever Monticello Frostbite Challenge Vintage Snowmobile Show & Run set for Jan. 12 is getting lots of advance interest from prospective participants.
The event begins at 10 a.m. next Saturday at River City Extreme, 3875 School Blvd. Snowmobile trailers should be parked on the road with vehicles and not in the River City lot. Spectators can look over the pre-1990 era snowmobiles that people have collected and restored. First through fifth-place trophies will be awarded at the Station Bar & Grill, 512 Pine St. The 12.5-mile run starts at noon. The Station is the official half-way stopping point for the run portion of the event. The first 75 run participants to reach the Station Bar will get numbered tickets that can be redeemed for a T-Shirt donated by Dalheimer Distributing as well as a commemorative Frostbite Challenge Vintage Sled Run pin. The Monticello Trailblazers Snowmobile Club is providing logistical support.
Bundle up and bring your golf clubs to participate in this year’s first-ever Frostbite Challenge Snow Golf Open Saturday, Jan. 12, from noon to 5 p.m. A nine-hole course will be built at River City Extreme, 3875 School Blvd. Golfers can play nine with a tennis ball. Trophies will be awarded to first and second place teams.
This year’s Frostbite Challenge wraps up with two big events on Pelican Lake. The day gets rolling with the Kid’s Olympics, which is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The event is free and there is no need to pre-register. Kids will go from station to station to learn about ice fishing equipment and skills.
The Frostbite Challenge Fishing Contest kicks off at noon on Sunday, Jan. 13. The cost for the fishing contest is $25 a person; the ticket value includes $15 for the contest and $10 for the raffle. Participants must be 18 years or older to buy a ticket or win a prize. The fishing contest drawing will start at 3:15 p.m.
Fishing contest participants need to bring their own bait, all fish caught must be alive and fresh, one line allowed per ticket and the decision of judges is final. All Minnesota game and fish laws apply. There will be no clam and no shelters allowed in the contest area.
Frostbite Challenge Fishing Contest tickets can be purchased at the Monticello Chamber of Commerce, River City Extreme, Monticello Bait & Tackle, The Station Bar & Grill, All Elements Inc., West Metro Buick GMC, Best Western Chelsea Inn & Suites and from Monticello Lions Club members. Official rules for all events can be found online at