Every year the city of Nisswa celebrates winter at the Nisswa Jubilee with a fishing derby, parade, snow sculptures, live music and a lot more. It's just another way that the Whitefish Chain celebrates the cold season! The festival kicks off Friday, Feb. 15, and continues through the weekend until Feb. 17. This year the Jubilee theme is "The best small town in Minnesota."
Pick up a Jubilee button for $5 and you'll not only get a great keepsake of the event, but also discounts around town and free entry to the Echo Band playing Friday night at the Nisswa American Legion, the bean bag toss competition and smoosh racing (a fun four-person race involving team skiing). Purchase a button at the Pickle Factory, Ganley's, the American Legion, Main Street Ale House or Big Axe Brewing (all of these are located in downtown Nisswa).
Every year the Jubilee snow sculpture contest lines the streets of Nisswa with colorful, impressive snow sculptures created by visitors, clubs, and members of the community. You'll love getting to see the many different works of art, temporary though they may be in the snow. This year the area has plenty of snow so the sculptures are shaping up to be excellent. Prizes will be awarded to the best sculptures in three categories: kids 16 and under, adults, and families.
On Friday night the fun begins with live bands at both the Nisswa American Legion and the Pickle Factory, as well as dinner specials at the Legion, Big Axe Brewing, Main Street Ale House and Rafferty's Pizza.
On Saturday morning, the first clue to the medallion hunt will be released at 9 a.m. at Main Street Ale House. The second clue will be released at noon at Rafferty's Pizza, and the final clue will be released at 3 p.m. at Big Axe Brewing. The medallion is hidden somewhere in the city, and if you're skilled enough to find it you'll win a fantastic prize!
Parade lineup starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday, and then the parade will make its way through town at noon. After the parade, there will be wood splitting contests, hammerschlagen, a bean bag tournament, karaoke and more.
Sunday is the day of the Nisswa Fire Department Ice Fishing Derby on Nisswa Lake. The derby is from noon to 2 p.m. and cost is just $5 per hole. Minnows will be available for purchase on the ice and there will be raffle drawings as well.
See the full schedule below or visit the Nisswa Jubilee Facebook page for more information.