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Winterfest put on ice...for this year

This is the winter that wasn’t — at least for the Carlton Winterfest.

In an announcement in the Carlton Community Education newspaper, Community Education Director Holly Rose shared the news with readers and the folks of the community that this year’s Winterfest has been cancelled.

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“It was a hard decision, but our committee thought it would be best to take a break this year as we were running into a lot of scheduling conflicts with other events happening in town,” said Rose.

This year would have been the 21st annual event, and ironically enough, this was the first year in a long time that there was an actual planning committee for this event.

Rose said after planning the event solo last year in her first year on the job, she decided the workload was such that more people were needed. And so, she assembled a committee of three.

“The ideas flowed and some changes were planned,” Rose wrote in the newspaper announcement. “As we picked the date and started to organize, we found there to be several conflicts with other activities happening the same weekend and being a small community, we felt our attendance could suffer because of this.”

Coupled with the fact that the last few years of the event have had fairly low numbers of attendees, the committee decided this year’s event should be called off.

“It is hard to put the time and effort into a larger event for the turnout to be consistently low. But…we are hoping to change that!” Rose said optimistically.

“Look out, Carlton, because Winterfest will be happening in 2015! There may be some changes: possibly the dates, times of day and event could all be something new to Winterfest. The committee is planning to carry over many of the ideas that were already thought of, plus add even more!”

Anyone interested in joining the Winterfest Committee for 2015 should contact the Community Education Office at 218-384-4464.

“Help put the WINTER back into Winterfest!” encouraged Rose/


Hook and Slice on Ice forges ahead

The Cloquet Rotary Club’s annual “Hook and Slice on Ice” event, traditionally held the same weekend as Winterfest, is still on for Saturday, Feb. 8.

The Rotary Club’s annual fund-raising event features a one-of-a-kind 18-hole golf course on Chub Lake in Carlton. Participants play through the challenging course with their choice of golf equipment for a unique game of ice golf.

The course is set on top of the ice, where the “greens” are groomed by plowing snow, recycled Christmas trees are used to line the fairways and tee boxes are decorated by regional businesses.

Funds from this year’s event will be used toward scholarships given to students from Cloquet, Esko and Carlton high schools.

Registration will take place for two separate registration times, the first beginning in the registration tent at Chub Lake. Typically, the tee times are 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Tickets are available from any Cloquet Rotarian, or at any of the following locations: CornerStone Bank, Reliable Insurance, Third Base Bar, The Streetcar and Aspenridge Chiropractic. For more information, call 800-625-4661.