Mark your calendar for the 2018 Wacky Winter Icebox Days Festival!
January 17-21, 2018
Icebox Days - International Falls, MN
Welcome to the wacky winter festival known as Icebox Days – an annual celebration staged in what the world knows as the “Icebox of the Nation.” That trademarked moniker, given to us by Collier’s magazine decades ago, harbors plenty of implications but one thing is for sure ~ it keeps the media inquiring and has put us on the global map.
Events through the years have been covered by CBS, NBC and ABC networks and others. The Icebox and winter festival have also been featured on The Travel Channel, The Weather Channel, MSNBC, Lifetime and dozens of national and international publications. A few years ago, Emmy Award-winning television journalist JuJu Chang visited with her son and producer, resulting in an International Falls feature on the ABC program “Nightline.”
Yet there’s still a lot more you need to know about us. Our people live here because they love the area and are inhabited with an affection for nature illustrated in joyous winter activity and winter resiliency.
Sure – we celebrate winter with our wacky and wonderful winter festival. But here’s another thing: International Falls is beautiful in four distinct seasons – breathtakingly pristine winters melt into heavenly summers, and glorious autumns. In the meantime, Icebox Days is packed full of fun and zany games for all people, including frozen turkey bowling; the locally invented “smoosh” races; moonlight skiing in Voyageurs National Park; the infamous “Gizzard” runs and much more(as you will see in this schedule).
Be sure to catch the exhilarating FIREWORKS under the winter sky at 6 p.m. Saturday near Smokey Bear Park. Then, it’s the FYGB Runners Reception and Beach Party again at Border Bar & Pizza Parlor.
2018 Icebox Days are coordinated by the International Falls Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the city of International Falls, generous sponsors and dozens of volunteers. You are warmly welcomed to the Icebox of the Nation for the 38th amazing year of Icebox Days and Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run.
Thank you to our generous 2018 Icebox Days partners!
Packaging Corporation of America
Backus Community Center
Essentia Health - International Falls Clinic
KGHS/KSDM Radio Station
Silver Plus Partners
Stewart's Super One
America's Best Value Inn & Suites
Bergstrom Wood Products
Border State Bank
Chocolate Moose Restaurant
Eleven 71 Boutique
Property Development & Construction LLC
America's Coldest Town Lives for 'Icebox Days'
2018 Official Events
Official Icebox Events Calendar
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
9:00 PM: Bar Olympics at the Viking Bar. Test your skills. Register by calling the Viking Bar at 218.283.4000
Thursday, January 18, 2018
6:00 PM: Wing Eating Contest at the Viking Bar. Test your wing eating skills. Each contestant will receive 12 wings. The first to finish their wings wins! $5 Entry fee. 1st place prize $75, 2nd place prize is $50, and 3rd place prize is $25. Call the Viking Bar to register at 218.283.4000
7:00 PM: Community Movie at Backus Community Center. Enjoy watching a classic winter movie with family and friends with hot chocolate and popcorn! Children under eight must be accompanied by an adult. Contact Robin for more info, 218.285.7225
Friday, January 19, 2018
5:00-7:30 PM: Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run Registration and Packet Pickup at Backus Community Center. Pick up your race packet and the 5K & 10K, or register to race. Registration fee after December 31, 2017 is $45. Call the Chamber for more info at 218.283.9400
5:00-7:30 PM: Community Wellness Expo at Backus Community Center, on stage. Back by popular demand! Come explore the various booths good info, freebies and products.
6:00-7:30 PM: Moonlight Snowshoe Hike in Voyageurs National Park. Meet at the Rainy Lake Visitors Center at 6:00 PM. Join a park ranger for a snowshoe walk in the northwoods. Enjoy the night sky, crisp air and snowy winterland. Snowshoes provided, or bring your own. Cozy up to a campfire and sip hot cocoa following the trek. Sponsored by Voyageurs National Park. Disclaimer agreements required. Contact Miranda Challeen for more info at 218.286.5258
7:00 PM: Bargo at the Viking Bar. For more info call the Viking Bar at 218.283.4000
10:00 PM: Can Crushing Contest at the Viking Bar. Contestants will be given a crusher and cans. Whoever crushes the most cans in one minutes wins $50. Call the Viking Bar for more info at 218.283.4000.
Saturday, January 20, 2018
7:30-11:00 AM: Icebox Days Pancake Breakfast at the Elk's Lodge, organized by the Falls Education Foundation. Hot cakes, sausage, juice & coffee - free will offering. All proceeds go to the Foundation. Contact Mary Bigler for more info at 218.286.3102
8:00-9:30 AM: Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run Registration & Packet Pick-up at Backus Community Center. Pick up your race packet and the 5K & 10K, or register to race. Registration fee after December 31, 2017 is $45. Call the Chamber for more info at 218.283.9400
9:00 AM: 5K Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run begins at the Backus Community Center. Start/finish line near Backus, on 9th Avenue. Look for signs. Contact the Chamber for more info, 218-283-9400
9:00 AM- Noon: Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run Cheering Contest. Cheer on the runners, 9:00 AM to Noon, along the course, and you and your group could win $100 in Chamber Dollars. Call the Chamber office for more info and to register your team at 218-283-9400
9:00 AM- 1:00 PM: Community Wellness Expo continues at the Backus Community Center, on stage. Come explore the various booths good info, freebies and products.
9:00AM - Overnight: Boy Scouts Winter Camping in Smokey Bear Park Showcasing winter camping. Come check out the fun of winter camping in the northland. See what equipment and techniques are used to overcome the elements. For more info call Frank at 218.340.2956
9:30 AM to (at least) 1:00 PM: FYGBR Runners’ Reception at the Backus Community Center,on stage. Come enjoy food and the beer garden. Runners get in free with presentation of ticket in race packets. Nominal fee charged for food & drink at the door for non-runners.
10:00 AM: 10K Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run begins at the Backus Community Center. Start/finish line near Backus, on 9th Avenue. Look for signs. Contact the Chamber for more info at 281-283-9400
10:00 AM: Icebox Boot Hockey Tournament at the Ranier rink. Get a team of 10 friends together. Three males and two females must be on the ice at all times. $75 participation fee per team, 8-teams maximum, with 100% payback, First, Second and Third Places paid with Chamber Dollars. Adherence to rules and disclaimer signed agreements by participants are required. Contact Chad Korpi, 218-324-1172, email@example.com; or Jesse Belanger, 218-324-1299, firstname.lastname@example.org
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM: Luminary Crafts at the Falls Public Library. A fun indoor event in the Library’s Junior Room for those who like crafts! Make a Luminary on a Stick to use at the Icebox Days Fireworks! Open to all ages. Free. Contact Diane Adams for more info at 218-283-8051
11:30 AM (est.): Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run Awards Ceremony for 5K and 10K Races at the Backus Community Center on stage. Runners’ reception continues simultaneously during awards. Must be present to receive award or win prizes. Contact the Chamber for more info at 218-283-9400
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM: Frostbite Open Golf Tournament at Thunderbird Lodge, Rainy Lake. Get out your golf clubs, or hockey sticks! Play nine ice holes with tennis balls on a course lined with Christmas trees. Teams of four, $25 per person. Prizes. Registration starts at 11:00 AM. Shotgun start at 1:00 PM, course takes about 1.5 hours to complete. Longest drive competition is at 3:00 PM. Awards at 4:00 PM. Putting “green” is open all day. Signed disclaimer agreements required. Contact Eric Johnson for more info, 218-244-6506, or Thunderbird Lodge, 218-286-3151
1:00 PM: Toilet Seat Toss outside at the Viking Bar. All ages welcome. Test your toilet seat tossing skills. Those that toss the seat the furthest, win! Winning child gets a certificate for $20 to Dairy Queen; winning adult receives a $25 certificate for the Viking Bar. Seats provided by the Viking Bar. Signed disclaimer agreements required. Contact the Viking Bar for more info at 218-283-4000
1:00-2:30 PM: Frozen Turkey Bowling outside at the Viking Bar. Free of charge. Prizes awarded. Signed disclaimer agreements required. Call the Chamber for more info at 218.283.9400
2:00 PM: Kids Smoosh Races outside at the Viking Bar. For kids 14 and under. Form a team with two kids per set of smoosh boards. Boards will be provided, along with hot treats! Sign up at 1:45 PM. Every person gets a participation prize, $20 to the winner! Contact Chris Smith for more info at 218-324-0391
2:30 PM: Adult Smoosh Races outside at the Viking Bar. Crazy fun. Form a team of four people per set of smoosh boards and be at the Viking Bar by 2:00 PM for sign up. Open to people age 15 and older. $100 in Chamber Dollars to the winning team! Contact Chris Smith for more info or to register your team at 218-324-0391
6:00 PM: Fireworks in Smokey Bear Park. Gather along 3rd Street to watch the fireworks against the dark winter sky. Provided by the City of International Falls and their impressive Fire Department.
7:30 PM: Beach Party location TBD. It’s back! Get your “beachy attire” on and join in the fun. Music, dancing, beach games and prizes. Must be 21 to participate. Call the Chamber for more info at 218.283.9400
Sunday January 21, 2018
11:00-4:00 PM: Frostbite Open at Thunderbird Lodge, Rainy Lake. Get out your golf clubs, or hockey sticks! Play nine ice holes with tennis balls on a course lined with Christmas trees. putting “green” is open all day. Signed disclaimer agreements required. Contact Eric Johnson for more info, 218-244-6506, or Thunderbird Lodge, 218-286-3151
1:30 PM: Icebox Bridge Tournament at First Lutheran Church, doors open at 1:00pm. Everyone is welcome to participate. Folks should bring a partner. Chamber Dollars given as prizes. Contact Byrne & Carole Johnson for more info, 218-286-5225
1:00-4:00 PM: Hot Dog Roast at the Tilson Creek Ski Trailhead on Highway 11 East. Enjoy hot dogs and cocoa as you warm by a toasty bonfire. If the temperature is below zero, the event will be postponed to a later date. Contact Steve Johnson for more info, email@example.com