Freezing temps too frigid for Freeze Fest
The Tomah Rotary/Tomah Parks and Recreation Freeze Fest was put on ice for 2021.
Even with its Freeze Fest theme, organizers of the event deemed the cold front that settled over the region too frigid for their outdoor events.
The snowshoe/cross country trek across the Lake Tomah was shelved for the year, along with the release of the sky lanterns. Per the Tomah Rotary Facebook page, organizers were concerned with high winds and dangerous wind chills creating unsafe conditions for participants.
But sky lanterns will be stored and used for Freeze Fest 2022. Not sure if there were any entries submitted for the Freeze Fest virtual snowman contest. It may have been too cold for ideal snow conditions to build a snowman.
The family popular inflatables and other activities at the Recreation Park Gold building were canceled due to Covid health restrictions. But there is still recognition of the Freeze Fest button design contest and a winner for the Freeze Fest medallion search.
Jaiden Toman submitted the winning button design. Jaiden Toman. Jaden is a second grade student at Lemonweir Elementary School.
The medallion was found by Oakley Moser. Ten clues directed Moser to the base of the clock located by the new bathrooms located across Gillett Park.
Fisharee Saturday on Lake Tomah
It was too cold for Freeze Fest activities at Lake Tomah this past weekend. That cold is forecast through the upcoming weekend. But bone chilling temps will not likely deter what will be a busy Saturday on Lake Tomah
The Tomah Warrens Sportsmen Alliance Fisharee runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. As in past years Lake Tomah will become its own interim community for the day with an ample display of ice shanties and depending on the temperatures plenty of folks in the open air perched on buckets, lawn chairs and whatever else is comfortable. Raffle tickets are available for a wide array of guns and ice fishing equipment. There will be food and beverages available for purchase on the ice. And free of charge, plenty of fish stories, accurate or otherwise.
Fill the thermos with hot chocolate, coffee or whatever keeps you warm and venture down to drop a line or gander at the spectacle of ice fishing. You may even feel the spirit of Walter Matthau and Jack Lemon (for all the fans of Grumpy Old Men).