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    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.

    2017 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 37th amazing year of Icebox Days and Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run.

  • The 2017 Icebox Days Schedule of Events The 2017 Icebox Days Schedule of Events

    Please Contact the International Falls Area Chamber of Commerce with any questions. 218-283-9400

     

    Wednesday January 18, 2017

    • 11:00 am - Four MN Twins celebs will be in International Falls to kick off Icebox Days! More details to come!
    • DQ Celebrates the Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run with a unique Blizzard flavor.
    • Smokey Bear Park - Snow Sculptures
       

    Thursday January 19, 2017

    • 6:00 pm – Viking Bar – Wing Eating Contest
    • 7-8:00pm – Viking Bar – Redneck Trivia
       

    Friday January 20, 2017

    • 4:30-6:30 pm - Backus Community Center – Pasta Dinner $9. Includes pasta with sauce, salad, dinner roll and cookie.
    • 4:30-6:30 pm - Backus Community Center – Community Wellness Expo
    • 5-7:00 pm – Backus Community Center – Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run Registration and Packet Pickup
    • 6-7:30 pm – Voyageurs National Park – Moonlight Snowshoe Hike
    • 7:00 pm – Backus Community Center – Blind Joe Concert  tickets are $12 for Adult, $6 for Student, and $25 for Family and Pre-K free.
    • 10:00 pm – Viking Bar – Viking Bar Can Crushing Contest
       

    Saturday January 21, 2017

    • 7-10:30 am – Elk’s Lodge No. 1599 – Pancake Breakfast
    • 8-9:30 am – Backus Community Center – Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run Registration and Packet Pickup
    • 8-12:00 pm – Community Wellness Expo
    • 9:30 am – Backus Community Center – Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run 5k
    • 10:00 am – Ranier Rink – Icebox Boot Hockey Tournament
    • ​10:00 am-3:00 pm - Public Library - Come create marshmallow structure in the the library junior room. For all ages.
    • 10:30 am  - Backus Community Center – Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run 10k
    • 11:00 am - Backus Community Center – Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run Runners Reception 
    • 12:15 pm - Backus Community Center - Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run Awards Ceremony. Must be present to recieve award.
    • 12:00 pm – Border Bar – Dart Tournament
    • 12-4:00 pm – Thunderbird Lodge – Frostbite Open Golf Tournament
    • 1:00 pm – Viking Bar – Toilet Seat Toss
    • 1:00 pm - Public Library - Watch the movie Frozen with hot chocolate and popcorn in the meeting room. For all ages. Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
    • 1-2:30 – Backus Community Center – Chili Challenge. $6 per person and includes chili, toppings and beverage. Pre-K eats free.
    • 1-2:30 pm – Backus Community Center – Turkey Bowling. Free.
    • 2:30 pm – Viking Bar – Kid SMOOSH Races
    • 3:00 pm – Viking Bar – Adult SMOOSH Races
    • 6:00 pm – Smokey Bear Park – Fireworks by the City of International Falls 
    • 6:30 pm – Border Bar- Icebox Pub Crawl
    • 8:00 pm - VFW - Beach Party!
       

    Sunday January 22, 2017

    • 1:00 pm – First Lutheran Church – Bridge Tournament
    • 1-4:00 pm – Hot Dog Roast
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    Welcome to the official site of the Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run® – one of the most distinctive foot races on the continent.

    The 37th Annual Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run®

    January 21, 2017

    Backus Community Center

    (Start and Finish)

    5K Race: 9:30 a.m.

    10K Race: 10:30 a.m.

     

     

     

     

    Photo Courtesy of Capture Your Moment Photography, Jackie Briggs

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  • Photo Courtesy of Capture Your Moment Photography, Jackie Briggs