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2019 Soupfest Judges’ Choice Award winner went to Advantage Seamless Gutters. (L-R) Cory Jay, Kari Jay and Michelle LaBreque. - photo by Bill Monroe
2019 Culinary Award in the Winterfest Soupfest Contest this year went to Zorbaz.. (L-R) Matias Latorre, Ashley Dunbar and Noah Blum. - photo by Bill Monroe
2019 Peoples’ Choice Award winner went to the U.S. Army Corps Campgrounds team. (L-R) Cindy Mercer-Nelson, Tim Schalow, Supervisory Park Ranger Corrine Hodapp and Beth Schalow. - photo by Bill Monroe

See all the SoupFest participants and more photos from WinterFest on our gallery.

16th annual Crosslake WinterFest

Web posted February 5, 2019
The 16th annual Crosslake Winterfest Thousands of people moved about town tasting soup, attending and participating in a wide variety events and enjoying great deals from local merchants.

The event kicked off Thursday with the annual Hunt for the Lost Medallion and continued Friday afternoon with Crosslake Community School’s Cabin Fever event, which featured games and family fun at the school.

Friday evening also included events at the Crosslake Community Center including a sledding hill, iceskating, bonfire, horse drawn sleigh rides, complimentary hot chocolate and cider and a spectacular fireworks show.

The well attended Crosslake Firefighter’s pancake breakfast started things off Saturday morning at Crosslake Lutheran Church and people were lined up at businesses and restaurants well before the noon start of the annual SoupFest.

A total of 23 restaurants and businesses participated in the annual Soupfest competition, vying for the coveted Golden Ladle in three divisions.

2019 WinterFest SoupFest Winners:
Judges Choice:
1st Place - Advantage Seamless Gutters
2nd Place - Zorbaz - Crozzlake
3rd Place - UR Country Doc

Peoples Choice Amateur:
1st Place - US Army Corps of Engineers
2nd Place - Advantage Seamless Gutters
3rd Place - Moonlite Square

Peoples Choice Culinary:
1st Place - Zorbaz - Crozzlake
2nd Place - Andy's Bar & Grill, WIne & Spirits
3rd Place - Manhattan's

It took four clues and an an extra day, but Robb Reed, Cruz Megazzini and Karen Megazzini, all of Crosslake found the Lost Medallion within an hour of the release of the fourth and final clue. The medallion was  located on U.S. Army Corps property behind the Crosslake Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center. They won a prize package donated by sponsors worth more than $2,000.

Other annual WinterFest events included the annual Riverside bocce tournament, Maucieri’s Italian Olympics, kid’s games and activities at Moonlite Bay and the Army Corps of Engineers Campground, an Ice Carousel and snowmobile radar run at Moonlite Bay as well as a wide variety of entertainment offerings at local establishments.

Cindy Myogeto, Director of the Crosslake Chamber said Sunday, “The Chamber is proud to partner with Crosslake businesses to provide activities, great deals and outdoor family fun for WinterFest. The temperatures warmed up at just the right time providing perfect conditions for all of the outdoor events. I also want to send a big shout out of thanks to the WinterFest committee, major sponsor Coors Light and all the businesses who go above and beyond to make this such a fun winter weekend.”

Mark your calendar for the 2020 Crosslake Winterfest, February 6-8.

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