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Rural Otter Tail County looks to capitalize on Minnesota Super Bowl

OTC on ICE, taking place Feb. 3, will include a bean bag tournament. Courtesy photo.

Otter Tail County is at it again. The rural county in west central Minnesota has received national attention in recent years for its award-winning marketing campaign, Find Your Inner Otter. But their latest gimmick is "otter" this world. On Feb. 4, while people around the globe gather to watch the most celebrated football game of the year, residents of Otter Tail County will be headed to the lake...a snow covered, frozen lake.

As a kick-off event for the county's 150th anniversary, Otter Tail County is hosting the world's largest Super Bowl party...on ice. The two-day extravaganza, coined "OTC on ICE," is being held on the sprawling 13,725 acre Otter Tail Lake. The festivities kick-off Friday, February 2nd with a pre-party and familiarization tour where media will be treated to snowmobile rides and ice fishing. The event schedule on Saturday, Feb. 3, is jammed packed. Vintage snowmobile rides, ice golf, a Polar Plunge and lots of live music! The itinerary for Super Bowl Sunday is just as robust. Horse drawn sleigh rides, a bean bag tournament, more music, and, of course, the biggest party on ice for the biggest game of the year. OTC on ICE will be showing the Super Bowl on a massive outdoor television screen.

"This isn't just an event," said John Edman, Director of Explore Minnesota Tourism. "It is quite possibly another award-winning marketing campaign. Only Otter Tail County would plan an outdoor Super Bowl party - on ice nonetheless." Otter Tail County is personally inviting well known Minnesota personalities and other celebrities who have plans to be in Minnesota for the Super Bowl. Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon, Andrew Zimmern, Amy Klobuchar...and many more. However, "who" is on the list isn't nearly as intriguing as "how" they were invited. Ice cream! That's right, each special guest received an invitation along with a pint of Inner Otter Ice Cream. "Who doesn't love ice cream?" said Nick Leonard, Otter Tail County Tourism and Economic Development Director.

This is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. "Not everyone can be in US Bank Stadium for the Super Bowl," said Leonard. "Why not join us in Otter Tail County for Minnesota's second biggest event that weekend?"

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