Polar Fest

Polar Fest celebrates 150 year Anniversary of Detroit Lakes

From frozen fireworks, to an ice palace, and a kite flying event Polar Fest is in full swing, and it continues to pay homage to the city's past of ice harvesting.

DETROIT LAKES, Minn.(KVRR) — The 26th annual Detroit Lakes Polar Fest is underway and this year marks the 150th anniversary of the cities existence! This year brings more kites and fireworks than previous years. “Well we encourage you to come down to Detroit lakes and check out all the events during polar fest. See our beautiful palace and Ice maze,…

Polar Fest celebrates Detroit Lakes’ 150th anniversary

The biggest Polar fest in the history is happening this year

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (KVRR)- Polar Fest has been around since 1996 and this year organizers say it will be better than ever with bigger ice castles. This year they will celebrate Detroit Lakes’ 150th anniversary. The main attractions are the Polar Fest Plunge into the Little Detroit Lake and the frozen fireworks with thousands are expected to attend. Other events…

LIVE: Detroit Lakes Ice Palace A Royal Monument To Winter

Ice Palace Will Reign Over Polar Fest Through February 17th

  The DL Ice Palace rises nearly 30 feet into the cold, February air in Detroit Lakes. Sculptor Hans Gilsdorf designed the castle, but it takes and entire team all year long to plan out the display. They come up with the design, figure out how to light it, harvest the ice when winter hits, then stack the 500-pound blocks…

Volunteers Working On Ice Palace For Polar Fest in Detroit Lakes

The Building Blocks Are 500 pound Ice Blocks Harvested From Detroit Lake

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — The sounds of cranes grabbing, hammers hammering and chainsaws sawing into tons of ice. It’s all a part of the preparation for one of the biggest winter events in Lakes Country: Polar Fest. The building blocks used for this ice castle and all the other decorations for the festival are these 500 pound ice blocks that…

Chiseling a New Tradition: Ice Sculptors Compete in Detroit Lakes

The MN S'Nice Competition has been part of Polar Fest for two years

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. —¬†As snow swirled through the air in Detroit Lakes, some artists kept warm by lighting a torch, slicing through fresh ice, and crafting together a frozen treasure. “It is so much fun just to sit here and watch them do their work,” said Scott Walz, the organizer of the MN Sn’Ice ice sculpting competition held in Detroit…