The Bemidji Curling Club and its Junior Curling Committee are excited to again bring curling back onto the ice of Lake Bemidji as part of the Bemidji Winterfest event! The Winterfest Bonspiel will be held on February 6th starting at 4:00PM and all day Saturday February 7th. The event is an open curling format with no limit to age, gender or ability. Curling on lake ice can be an interesting equalizer. The event will be limited to 36 teams with 3 games guaranteed. Winners of all 4 events will get their name permanently engraved on the impressive Winterfest Curling Trophy.
THE BIG NEWS for this year, WCCO is coming to Bemidji for THIS EVENT!!! Their staff will include Frank Vascellaro, news anchor and Chris Schaefer doing the weather. We will be featured in their “Goin’ to the (Frozen) Lake” segment that week. IN ADDITION, to filming at the event, they will be broadcasting LIVE from the Club on Thursday evening at 10:00. We will need people there and curling in process, but more on that later!
It takes a lot of effort to make 6 sheets of curling ice on the lake! This is the major fundraiser for our local Jr. Curling program, so please consider entering a team in this very fun and interesting event. Entry fee is $200/team. Same as least year, there will be pond hockey, the Brrrrmidji Plunge and live entertainment in the tent going on as well. New this year: a much larger event tent and more family events on Saturday. This is our chance to showcase our Curling Club and the Winterfest Curling Event. This could bring in more members as well as new participants from out of the area for the Winterfest Event. Let’s be sure we get 36 teams registered this year!
Registration and more details are available on our website: www.winterfestbemidji.com or visit our Facebook page. There is also a sign-up sheet posted at the club.
Dale Goodyear’s son Aaron is a member of the WCCO film crew, he was instrumental in getting them to come to Bemidji for our event.
Contact Terry Matson at 218-444-1579 Terrym@securitybankusa.com for more information.
Junior teams from Bemidji Curling Club have been active this season with some great results. We have two teams competing at the 2017 Junior Nationals in Fargo this week. Emily Quello, Hannah Kroeger, Leah Yavaro and Mackenzie Ritchie return to nationals after securing a berth in the Western challenge round. Also returning to this year’s competition is the team of Riley Fenson, Zach Erickson, Zach Suther and Carson Liapis. We wish them good luck!
In other action, local juniors took top honors in their divisions in the U-14 and U-18 competition in the recent Fargo Junior Bonspiel.
Hans Berg, Haaken Vaughn, Logan Sathre and Gracia Berg won the U-14 division.
Jon Gaasvig, Aaron Sawa, Shawn Quello and Ryan Prestigard won the U-18 division.
Congratulations to our Juniors!
The Lake Bemidji Winterfest is an annual event sponsored by the Bemidji Chamber that includes outdoor Curling, Hockey, Turkey Bowling, the Brrrrrmidji Plunge and the Hard Water Ice Fishing Tournament on Lake Bemidji. The event is held the first weekend in February. More information about all the events, including lots of pictures are available at: http://www.winterfestbemidji.com/
The Bemidji Junior Curling Committee is in charge of the Bonspiel at the Winterfest event and spends many hours installing 6 sheets of curling ice on the lake and then running this event. Proceeds from the event are then returned to the Junior Curling Committee which are used for a variety of things including:
– Purchasing equipment such as brooms, sliders, curling shoes (which are available for rent for the curling season at a modest cost).
– Put on the annual Junior Curling “Curling Rocks” Bonspiel.
– Reimbursement of a portion of club dues for junior members.
– Pay the entry fee for state play downs.
– Organized travel to out of town bonspiels at a very low cost per participant.
– Partial reimbursement for competing in out of town bonspiels that require overnight stay.
In the last 8 years the Junior Committee has raised over $46,000 in support of Junior Curling including $4,500 from this years Winterfest Bonspiel.
New committee members are always welcome!