Icebox Days 2018

Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 07:30


Saturday, January 20th

7:30-11:00 AM: Icebox Days Pancake Breakfast at the Elk's Lodge, organized by the Falls Education Foundation. Hot cakes, sausage, juice & coffee - free will offering. All proceeds go to the Foundation. Contact Mary Bigler for more info at 218.286.3102

8:00-9:30 AM: Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run Registration & Packet Pick-up at Backus Community Center. Pick up your race packet and the 5K & 10K, or register to race. Registration fee is $45. Call the Chamber for more info at 218.283.9400

9:00 AM:  5K Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run begins at the Backus Community Center.  Start/finish line near Backus, on 9th Avenue.  Look for signs.  Contact the Chamber for more info, 218-283-9400

9:00 AM- Noon:  Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run Cheering Contest.  Cheer on the runners, 9:00 AM to Noon, along the course, and you and your group could win $100 in Chamber Dollars. Call the Chamber office for more info and to register your team at 218-283-9400

9:00 AM- 1:00 PM:  Community Wellness Expo continues at the Backus Community Center, on stage. Come explore the various booths good info, freebies and products. 

9:00AM - Overnight: Boy Scouts Winter Camping in Smokey Bear Park, showcasing winter camping. Come check out the fun of winter camping in the northland. See what equipment and techniques are used to overcome the elements. For more info call Frank at 218.340.2956

9:30 AM to 1:00 PM:  FYGBR Runners’ Reception at the Backus Community Center,on stage.  Come enjoy food and the beer garden.  Runners get in free with presentation of ticket in race packets.  Nominal fee charged for food & drink at the door for non-runners. 

10:00 AM:  10K Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run begins at the Backus Community Center.  Start/finish line near Backus, on 9th Avenue.  Look for signs.  Contact the Chamber for more info at 281-283-9400  

10:00 AM:  Icebox Boot Hockey Tournament at the Ranier rink.  Get a team of 10 friends together.  Three males and two females must be on the ice at all times.  $75 participation fee per team, 8-teams maximum, with 100% payback, First, Second and Third Places paid with Chamber Dollars.  Adherence to rules and disclaimer signed agreements by participants are required.  Contact Chad Korpi, 218-324-1172,; or Jesse Belanger, 218-324-1299,

10:00 AM to 3:00 PM:  Luminary Crafts at the Falls Public Library.  A fun indoor event in the Library’s Junior Room for those who like crafts! Make a Luminary on a Stick to use at the Icebox Days Fireworks!  Open to all ages.  Free.  Contact Diane Adams for more info at 218-283-8051

11:30 AM:  Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run Awards Ceremony for 5K and 10K Races at the Backus Community Center on stage.  Runners’ reception continues simultaneously during awards.  Must be present to receive award or win prizes.  Contact the Chamber for more info at 218-283-9400

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM:  Frostbite Open Golf Tournament at Thunderbird Lodge, Rainy Lake.  Get out your golf clubs, or hockey sticks!  Play nine ice holes with tennis balls on a course lined with Christmas trees.  Teams of four, $25 per person.  Prizes.  Registration starts at 11:00 AM. Shotgun start at 1:00 PM, course takes about 1.5 hours to complete.  Longest drive competition is at 3:00 PM. Awards at 4:00 PM. Putting “green” is open all day.  Signed disclaimer agreements required.  Contact Eric Johnson for more info, 218-244-6506, or Thunderbird Lodge, 218-286-3151

1:00 PM:  Toilet Seat Toss outside at the Viking Bar.  All ages welcome.  Test your toilet seat tossing skills.  Those that toss the seat the furthest, win!  Winning child gets a certificate for $20 to Dairy Queen; winning adult receives a $25 certificate for the Viking Bar.  Seats provided by the Viking Bar. Signed disclaimer agreements required. Contact the Viking Bar for more info at 218-283-4000

1:00 PM to 2:30 PM:  Frozen Turkey Bowling outside at the Backus Community Center. Throw a frozen gobbler down icy bowling lanes and knock down as many bowling pins as possible. Event supervised by the FHS Student Council and National Honor Society. Free of charge. Prizes awarded. Call the Chamber for more info, 218-283-9400.

2:00 PM:  Kids Smoosh Races outside at the Viking Bar.  For kids 14 and under.  Form a team with two kids per set of smoosh boards.  Boards will be provided, along with hot treats! Sign up at 1:45 PM.  Every person gets a participation prize, $20 to the winner!  Contact Chris Smith for more info at 218-324-0391

2:30 PM:  Adult Smoosh Races outside at the Viking Bar.  Crazy fun.  Form a team of four people per set of smoosh boards and be at the Viking Bar by 2:00 PM for sign up.  Open to people age 15 and older.  $100 in Chamber Dollars to the winning team!  Contact Chris Smith for more info or to register your team at 218-324-0391

3:30 PM to 5:00 PM:  Chili Challenge at Backus Community Center. If you have an award winning chili recipe, enter the Chili Challenge! Public is invited to eat and judge the recipes! $6 per person admission includes chili, toppings and beverage. Contact Backus for more info, 218-285-7225 or go online at

4:00 PM:  Icebox Dart Tournament at the Border Bar & Pizza House.  $5 entry fee, with 300% payback! Sign up at 3:00 PM. Contact Bob Rostie for more info, 218-283-9919.

5:45 PM:  Luminary Walk from Falls Public Library to Smokey Bear Park. Those who made luminaries at the Falls Public Library today can walk together over to Smokey Bear Park for the Fireworks! Open to all ages. Free. Contact Diane Adams for more info, 218-283-8051

6:00 PM:  Fireworks in Smokey Bear Park.  Gather along 3rd Street to watch the fireworks against the dark winter sky.  Provided by the City of International Falls and their impressive Fire Department. 

7:30 PM to 11:00 PM:  Beach Party at the VFW. It’s back! Get your “beachy attire” on and join in the fun. Music, dancing, beach games and prizes. Must be 21 or older to participate. Call the VFW for more info, 218-283-8777.

Get your tickets for the Icebox Days 50/50 Raffle. Win up to $5,000 cash!  Tickets sold at the IFalls Chamber and other IFalls businesses.  Draw will be held on January 22nd at 4 pm at the I'Falls Chamber Office. Licensed by the Minnesota Gambling Control Board.

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