By the late 1920s Petoskey was known as Michigan's Winter Sports Capital and the Winter Sports Park was at the center of activities. A 400 square foot ice rink was created where recreational skating took place along with speed skating, broomball, hockey and figure skating. The quarter mile toboggan slide delighted both children and their parents. Overseeing the facilities and activities was the Winter Sports Club and in 1928 it began the long tradition of selecting a winter queen and over time, the thrones where the crownings took place, grew from modest to major works of beautiful public ice art designed and constructed by local artist Stanley Kellogg. Winter carnival parades and dances also were a part of the festivities.
While things have changed a lot since the 1920's, there's still tons of fun to be had at the Winter Carnival. Check the Downtown Petoskey website for updated information as it becomes available. The Winter Carnival is celebrating it's 90th year this year!