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Icebox Days Coming to International Falls, MN

12 Jan, 2022


Icebox Days are coming to International Falls, Minnesota. Full information can be found here.

Welcome to the wacky winter festival known as Icebox Days – an annual celebration staged in what the world knows as the “Icebox of the Nation.” That trademarked moniker, given to us by Collier’s magazine decades ago, harbors plenty of implications but one thing is for sure - it keeps the media inquiring and has put us on the global map.

Events through the years have been covered by CBS, NBC and ABC networks and others. Icebox Days has also been featured on The Travel Channel, The Weather Channel, MSNBC, Lifetime and dozens of national and international publications. A few years ago, Emmy Award-winning television journalist JuJu Chang visited with her son and producer, resulting in an International Falls feature on the ABC program “Nightline.”

Yet there’s still a lot more you need to know about us. Our people live here because they love the area and are inhabited with an affection for nature illustrated in joyous winter activity and winter resiliency.

Sure – we celebrate winter with our wacky and wonderful winter festival. But here’s another thing: International Falls is beautiful in four distinct seasons – breathtakingly pristine winters melt into heavenly summers, and glorious autumns. In the meantime, Icebox Days is packed full of fun and zany games for all people, including frozen turkey bowling; the locally invented “smoosh” races; moonlight skiing in Voyageurs National Park; the infamous “Gizzard” runs and much more (as you will see in this schedule).

Icebox Days is coordinated by the International Falls Area Chamber of Commerce with the support of generous sponsors and dozens of volunteers. You are warmly welcomed to the Icebox of the Nation for the 42nd amazing year of Icebox Days and Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run.

Extended Events

VIRTUAL Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run 5k & 10k Races. Complete race no later than midnight Sunday, January 31, 2022! Register before midnight on Saturday, January 15th at https://www.tempotickets.com/FYGBR2022. For more details, email the Chamber at tricia@intlfalls.org.

Icebox Days Snowman & Snow Sculpture Contest through KGHS-KSDM Radio. Submit your entry to KGHS-KSDM now through Friday, January 28th! Prizes awarded by category. 

Icebox Days Scavenger Hunt with Int'l Falls Public Library. Pick up your information at the Public Library by 3pm January 15,2022 and complete between January 13th -17th! Prize to winners!

Friday, January 14, 2022

6:00 to 7:30 PM: Nightlight Snowshoe Hike in Voyageurs National Park. Discover the wonder of the night during an evening snowshoe hike at the Rainy Lake Visitor’s Center. Come join us for a self-guided hike with beautiful luminaries to light your way. Bring your own snowshoes or borrow a pair from the Visitor Center for free. Bring a flashlight or headlamp. Recommended for all ages. Visitor's Center building will be closed during event. For details, call the Rainy Lake Visitor Center at 218-286-5258.         

7:00 PM: Evening Entertainment:  DJ Music at On The Rocks for ages 21+. Contact On The Rocks at 218-283-4000 for details. 

Saturday, January 15, 2022

8:00 to 11:00 AM: Icebox Days Pancake Breakfast curbside pickup at the Elks Lodge and organized by the Falls Education Foundation. Hot cakes, sausage, juice, and milk. Free will offering. All proceeds go to the Falls Education Foundation. For more information, call Jenny Herman at 218-324-1151.

10:00 AM: Icebox Boot Hockey Tournament at the Ranier rink. Get a team of 10 friends together. Three males and two females must always be on the ice. Participation fee is $75 per team, 8-teams maximum (100% payback). Adherence to rules and signed event waiver is required. Under 18 requires parent/guardian authorization. To register, contact the Ranier Muni at 218-286-3343.

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM: Book Sale at International Falls Public Library. Be sure to stop by and check out the variety of titles and genres available!

11:00 AM: Icebox Bag Tournament outside at On The Rocks. Team registration starts at 10:30AM. This is for ages 21+. Prizes awarded. Signed event waiver required. For more information, call On The Rocks at 281-283-4000.

1:00 to 4:00 PM: Frostbite Falls Open Ice Golf Tournament at Thunderbird Lodge, Rainy Lake. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Grab your hockey sticks, golf clubs, decorate your "cart", and come out for great food and drink specials for the 6th annual tournament! Prizes are awarded to golf winners and the "Best Sled" competition winner! Play nine ice holes with tennis balls on a course lined with Christmas trees. Teams of four, $125 per team. Registration starts at 11:00 AM. Shotgun start at 1:00 PM, course takes about 1.5 hours to complete. Putting “green” open all day. Signed event waiver required. For more information, call Thunderbird Lodge, 218-286-3151.

1:00 PM: Toilet Seat Toss outside On The Rocks. All ages welcome. Test your toilet seat tossing skills. Those that toss a seat the furthest, win! Adult and Child winning prizes awarded. Seats provided by On The Rocks. Contact On The Rocks at 218-283-4000 for more event information. 

1:00 to 2:30 PM: Frozen Turkey Bowling outside at Sammy's Pizza. Throw a frozen gobbler down icy bowling lanes and knock down as many bowling pins as possible. Event coordinated by United Country Voyage North – Shannon Arnold. Free of charge. Prizes awarded. For more details, call the Chamber at 218-283-9400.

2:00 PM: Kids Smoosh Races outside at On The Rocks. For kids 14 & under. Form a team with two kids per set of smoosh boards. Boards will be provided. Sign up starts at 1:45PM. Prizes awarded! Signed event waivers required. Contact On The Rocks at 218-283-4000 for more event information. 

2:30 PM: Adult Smoosh Races outside On The Rocks. Crazy fun! Form a team of four people per set of smoosh boards and be at the On The Rocks by 2:15 PM for sign up. Open to people age 15 and older. $100 in Chamber Dollars to the winning team! Signed event waiver required. Contact On The Rocks at 218-283-4000 for more event information. 

3:00 to 4:30 PM: Frostbite Falls Open Longest Drive Competition at Thunderbird Lodge, Rainy Lake. Longest drive competition off the docks at Thunderbird Lodge immediately after the Ice Golf Tournament. Bring your drivers, hockey sticks, etc. Two shots for $5. Chances are unlimited! You don’t have to be in the golf tournament to participate. Purchase tickets to play at the event. For more, visit www.frostbitefallsopen.com.

4:00 PM: Icebox Dodgeball Tournament in Ranier on corner of Main & Spruce (old Woody’s lot.) “If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball!” Corral a team of 6 players; minimum 3 females.  Limited to 8 teams, cost is $60 per team. Adherence to rules & signed waiver agreements required. 21+ to play. Hosted by Cantilever & Loony’s Brew. Register at hannah@cantileverdistillery.com.

4:00 PM: Icebox Dart Tournament at Border Bar & Pizza. $5 entry fee with 300% payback! Sign up at 3:00 PM. Must be 21 years of age or older to play. Signed event waiver required. DJ entertainment that evening. For more, contact Bob Rostie at 218-283-9919.

7:00 PM: Evening Entertainment:  For Ages 21+. Contact individual establishment for details. 

  • DJ Music at Border Bar & Pizza: 218-283-9919
  • DJ Music at Ranier Municipal Liquor Store: 218-286-3343
  • Open Mic/Karaoke at Loony's Brew in Ranier: 218-540-1001

 Sunday, January 16, 2022

11:00 AM to 4:00 PM: Frostbite Falls Open Golf Course – Free Play at Thunderbird Lodge, Rainy Lake. If you missed the tournament on Saturday, you can still try out the course! Course is available for open play and takes about 1.5 hours to complete. Signed event waiver required, sign up at the bar. For more, contact Thunderbird Lodge at 218-286-3151.

1:00 to 3:00 PM: Canoe Races at Loony’s Brew in Ranier. Gather a team of 3 people to sign-up for this icy, fun competition! Canoes provided and instructions given at time of registration, 12:45 AM at Loony’s. Signed event waiver required, parent/guardian signatures required for anyone under 18. For more info, contact Loony’s Brew at 218-540-1001.

2:00 PM: Afternoon Entertainment: Sloughgrass Band at Loony’s Brew in Ranier. For more info, contact Loony’s Brew at 218-540-1001.

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