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Popular Winter Jamboree Returns to McDill

Metro Wire Staff

Hundreds are expected to turn out in their finest winter long-johns and snowsuits on Feb. 3 for the annual Winter Jamboree.

Hosted by the Bill Cook Chapter of the Izaak Walton League, the event returns for its 54th annual showing on McDill Pond from 10 AM through 4 PM.

The group’s largest fundraiser of the year includes an ice-fishing tournament, Polka music, raffle prizes, snowshoeing and games for kids. Prizes will be awarded for the largest fish caught in all age categories.

Returning this year are snow sculptures from Jef Schobert—popular for his Clark St. “Snow Art Zone”—a lumberjack demonstration by UWSP students, winter camping demonstration by local Boy Scouts and more.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase inside a heated tent located adjacent to the frozen pond.

Main raffle prizes include various rifles, power tools, fishing and camping gear, and cash.

Attendees should dress warmly and park at the McDill Pond landing on Patch Street. The event is free and open to the public.