January 2010 Events Roundup

Ice Sculpting Competition, Holland, January 8-9, 2010

Culinary students create works of art from 150-pound blocks of ice throughout downtown Holland.

Winter Fest, Watervliet, January 8-10, 2010

Cool ice carvings, hot chili cook-off, fun run and fireworks to celebrate winter.

SISU Ski Fest, Ironwood, January 9, 2010

“Sisu,” is the Finnish quality of determination. The festival includes a 42 K ski marathon, half marathon, and kiddie races.

Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race, Newberry, January 9, 2010

Rainbow Lodge is the start site of this one-day event featuring pro, sportsman and youth races ranging from 4 to 63 miles, plus a 1 to 2 dog Skijoring race of 8 miles. This year’s 11th annual race features a new class – 6 Dog Pure Breed Sportsman, 19 miles.

Gourmet Glide, Lewiston, January 9, 16, and 30, 2010

Combine good food and cross-country skiing.  Cross Country ski across 10 k of groomed trails and enjoy 5 buffet stops en route at Garland Resort.

North American International Auto Show, Detroit, January 11-24, 2010

The public can check out the latest models and future of design and engineering at the annual motor vehicle show January 16-24, preceded by media preview days attended by some 7,000 media from 60 countries.

Winterfest, Mackinaw City, January 14-16, 2010

Enjoy amateur and professional snow carving, a snow sculpting competition, euchre and ice fishing tournaments, sleigh rides, games for all ages and a fun favorite: outhouse races.

Camper, Travel & RV Show, Grand Rapids, January 14-17, 2010

The biggest RV show in the state will fill 200,000 square feet of DeVos Place with the latest motor homes, trailers, and accessories.

Sno-Blast Winter Festival, East Jordan, January 15-17, 2010

Festival includes a snow sculpting competition, snow bowling and cardboard box races plus snowmobiling, snowshoeing, moonlight hike, ice fishing, and guided rafting on the Jordan River.

Winterfest & Ski Races, Lewiston, January 15-17, 2010

Cross country skiing, ice skating, sledding, horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowman making contests and turkey bowling are a sampling of the cool activities at this annual event.

Hunter Ice Festival, Niles, January 15-17 2010

This is a celebration of the Hunter Brothers Ice & Ice Cream Company with blocks of ice transformed into works of art, wine tastings, music, and more.

Winterfest, Kalkaska, January 16-17, 2010

Home of the Midwest International Dog Sled Race, one of the region’s largest. Fun activities in addition to the competition include games for kids, music, food, craft show, pancake breakfast, and chili cook-off.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Detroit, January 18, 2010

A community breakfast and special programs commemorate the accomplishments of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Museum of African American History in Detroit’s Cultural Center.

Chilly Fest, Port Huron, January 21-24, 2010

Ice carvers, tours of the Knowlton Ice Museum, dog sled demos, historic model train display, and warming tent with chili and cocoa.

Caro 150 Winter Fest & Snowmobile Races, Caro, January 22-24, 2010

A full schedule of racing on the half-mile oval ice track from pros to junior and vintage racing.  Also includes a Snowman contest, ice skating, family fun, fireworks and entertainment.

Tip-Up Town USA, Houghton Lake, January 22-24 and 29-31, 2010

60th anniversary of the landmark winter celebration in the mid-Mitt resort area, on the largest inland lake in Michigan. Two weekends of family-friendly events include contests for all ages, Grand Parade, fireworks, snowmobile show and race, music, carnival, and ice sculptures plus the popular Polar Bear Dip.

White Lake Area Perch Festival, Montague, January 23-24, 2010

Fishing, food and fun weekend includes ice fishing tournament and fish dinner.

Zehnder’s Snowfest, Frankenmuth, January 27-February 1, 2010

The famous family restaurant hosts an annual celebration featuring larger than life snow sculptures, ice carving, entertainment, fireworks, and fun for the kiddies.

Winterfest, Grand Haven, January 28-31, 2010

Annual blast of wintertime fun includes cardboard and human sled races, dog pull, ice sculpting, snowboard, snow angel contest, kid activities, and luau.

Cedarville Blizzard, Cedarville, January 29-31, 2010

Fun and exciting 120 and 250-lap vintage sled competitions in the Les Cheneaux area of the Eastern U.P. part of the Great Lakes Antique Snowmobile Series.

Pine Mountain Ski Jumping Tournament, Iron Mountain, January 29-31, 2010

Top athletes come to one of the best jumping hills in the country for the annual Continental Cup competition hosted by the Kiwanis Ski Club, which was formed in 1934.

Plymouth International Ice Sculpture Spectacular, Plymouth, January 22-24, 2010

Skilled carvers from Japan and across the U.S. chisel and chainsaw single and multiple block sculptures using from 5 to 100 blocks of ice into works of art at the 28th annual event.

Ice Festival, Coldwater, January 30, 2010

What better town to host an annual ice carving competition, with activities for the kids and chili cook-off at the day-long event.

Heikinpäivä, Hancock, January 30, 2010

Finnish-American Mid-Winter Festival tied to St. Henrik’s Day in Finland (Jan. 19) and the large amount of snow includes parade, Tori (marketplace), music, games, polar bear dive, and food.

Noquemanon Ski Marathon, Ishpeming/Marquette, January 30, 2010

Cross-country skiers from across the U.S. and other countries will head to the birthplace of organized skiing and home to the National Ski Hall of Fame to participate in the 12th anniversary of the MGH Noquemanon Ski Marathon and mBank Half Noque 25K or 51K events.

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  • Evette

    What is going on March 16-29th, and April 9-12th? I will be flying into Chicago. Are there cabins to rent along the lake, not too far from there?

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