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Freeze Fest: Perham's taking the plunge

Get ready to combine frigid temperatures and ridiculous amounts of fun with this year's Freeze Fest.

Festivities begin this Saturday with a co-ed broomball tournament on the rink at the Perham Area Community Center. Registration for the tournament is available through the Perham Chamber of Commerce (PACC) office. Entry fee per team is $60, with a six-person limit. For more information on the tournament, contact Bryan at 346-6371.

On Thursday, Feb. 8, the coronation for Freeze Fest King and Queen will be held at 5:30 p.m. at The Cactus. Turkey bowling will follow, along with hot drinks in front of the fireplace on the patio.

On Friday, Feb. 10, snow golf kicks off at 1 p.m. at Mulligan's.

The Third Annual Frozen Fest ice fishing tournament is kicking off with 8 a.m. registration Saturday, Jan. 11 at Zorbaz. Anglers eager to snag the big one can enter for $10 a hole; kids can register for $5 a hole.

The tournament, sponsored by the Perham Sportsman's Club, has plenty of prizes to offer the skilled (and sometimes lucky) contestants.

Tournament organizer Craig Swanson said it's all about having fun - and it's especially for the young ones. Last year, the event drew in 80 contestants, 50 of whom were kids.

The winner in the biggest fish category will walk away with a Jiffy ice auger. The biggest walleye could earn a competitor a portable fish icehouse. Other top prizes include a Vexilar FL-20, an Ice Armour rod locker and an Ice Armour gear bag. For those who don't earn the bragging rights for the big fish, door prizes, including an Ice Armour suit, will be up for grabs.

The ice fishing tournament wraps up in time for the 1 p.m. polar plunge. This popular event, held in front of Zorbaz, is open at noon for registration.

To heat up before the plunge, the 'Freeze Your Face 5K' will start at 9 a.m. Saturday behind the PACC. To register, visit

A pancake breakfast, sponsored by the Perham Lions, will be held on Saturday from 7 to 11 a.m. at Zorbaz.