2018-02-15 / Outdoors

Northport, G-A plan winter festivals over busy weekend

Two county communities will be hosting winter celebrations this President’s Day holiday weekend.

Cabin fever relievers are set for Saturday in Glen Arbor and Northport.

Festivities begin at 7 a.m. Saturday in Glen Arbor with a perch fishing contest on big and little Glen Lake. Prizes will be awarded for the first through fourth place catches.

Entry fee for the event is $20 and all ages are welcome to participate. All participants will bring their biggest catches to the Sportsman Shop in Glen Arbor by 1 p.m.

Just next door, on the deck at Boonedocks, a Chili Cook-off begins at noon.

Entrants will compete for bragging rights. First through fifth place winners will be determined by popular vote.

A $25 fee will be charged for each chili entered.

Admission for the cook-off is $10 per person, which includes unlimited chili samples; $5 for seniors over 70 years of age and kids 12 and under.

There will be heaters, drinks and music for the family-friendly event. Winners will be announced at about 3 p.m.

Fishing contest and chili entry forms can be found at VisitGlenArbor.com.

At the other end of the peninsula Northport will host its 15th annual Winter Carnival Saturday at the Braman Hill Recreation Area.

The event, sponsored by the Northport-Omena Chamber of Commerce, runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes northern Michigan’s only broomball and milk jug curling tournaments; the annual chili cook-off ; sleigh rides; GAGA (described as a cross between soccer and dodgeball) and the annual cardboard sled competition.

Also planned is the second annual Treasure Chest drawing sponsored by area merchants.

Proceeds from the carnival go to Northport Public School, the Northport National Arts Honor Society and the Northport-Omena Chamber of Commerce.

Further information about the carnival is available on Facebook by going to the Northport-Omena Chamber of Commerce page.

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