Frostbite Challenge returns this weekend

Strange as it may sound, warmer weather is likely to produce comfortable conditions for Monticello’s Fourth Annual Frostbite Challenge Saturday and Sunday.

Monticello’s annual community Frostbite Challenge celebration includes a big fishing contest on Pelican Lake with prizes, vintage snowmobile show and swap meet, snow golfing, a Medallion Hunt and more.

“This is a weekend event full of family fun,” said Frostbite Challenge Chairman Ryan Hurrle. “We are expecting a large turnout of families from all over.”

The Monticello Chamber of Industry & Commerce announced Monday the Frostbite Challenge 2014 Pond Hockey Tournament scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at Fourth Street Park in

Monticello had been cancelled. The Monticello Frostbite Challenge 2014  Snow Golfing Open starts at noon at River City Extreme. Cost is $25 for a team of two. New this year is the Frostbite Challenge Vintage Snowmobile Show and Swap Meet, scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, next to Moon Motorsports. A round-trip vintage snowmobile run starts at noon and runs until 2 p.m.

Frostbite Challenge 2014 wraps up with the Sunday fishing contest on Pelican Lake.  The kids’ fishing contest begins at 10 a.m. and runs until noon. The adult fishing contest takes over starting at noon and runs until 3 p.m. with the prize drawing at 3:15 p.m.  The cost for the adult fishing contest is $25 a participant.

You must be 18 years or older to purchase a ticket or win a prize. Bring your own bait; entered fish must be alive and fresh and there is one line allowed per ticket. Decision of judges is final, state game and fish laws apply, no clams, and no shelters will be allowed the contest area.

You can purchase Frostbite fishing contest tickets at the Monticello Chamber of Commerce, All Elements Inc., West Metro Buick GMC. Best Western Chelsea Inn & Suites. Frostbite Challenge fishing contest parking will be lakeside at the Don Holker farm residence, 6524 Fallon Ave N.E.

“We have more door prizes which seemed to be a real hit last year,” said John Thurber, Frostbite Challenge fishing contest chairman. “We also have a kids fishing contest going on before the main fishing contest. The first 100 kids get a fishing pole or beanie hat sponsored by the Monticello Rotary Club. We really amped up the push to get more door prizes this year, since participants enjoyed getting the great door prizes we had to give out. Last year we had around 75. This year we have more than 100.”

Vintage Snowmobile Show and Swap Chairman Chad Paumen said the Frostbite Challenge organizing committee asked the Monticello Trailblazers Snowmobile Club to take the lead role in organizing the snowmobile event this year.

“We are looking to bringing 3,000 people to to promote the sponsors and the whole Monticello community,” Paumen said. “This year’s Frostbite Challenge snowmobile show has a lot to offer for everyone. We’ve expand the event this year.”

Chairperson Janine Kopff said the snow golf will feature a final hole inside River City Extreme.

“This is a two-person team golf challenge, Kopff said. “There are eight holes surrounding River City and one inside. Each team will use tennis balls in lieu of golf balls. The team with the best snow golf score Saturday wins.”

For updated Frostbite Challenge information, call the Monticello Chamber at 763-295-2700 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. or visit

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