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The 2014 Crosslake Winterfest Soupfest winners were announced Saturday night after totaling nearly 600 ballots. The Culinary Division winner was Manhattan’s. Chef Autumn Silvers (with Golden Ladle) prepared a delicious Chicken Pot Pie Soup.
In the Amateur Division, the winner was the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Crosslake Campground in partnership with the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association. They brewed up a steamy caldron of Ham and Bean Soup over an open fire. There were 17 participants for the annual Soupfest - photos submitted

2014 Crosslake WinterFest Medallion Treasure Hunt Winners: Todd and Anita Messal,(Crosslake & Plymouth) Lois & Fran Marek (Faribault) and Bryce, Julie, Miranda and Devin Mead (Plymouth) were in their vehicles at 9 a.m. waiting for the 3rd clue to be released. After checking this area Friday, they went back to find the medallion on the bank of the skating rink at the Crosslake Community Center.

The winners received a prize basket of goods and certificates worth nearly $1,200 from local  businesses: Andy's Bar & Grill, Wine & Spirits, Barstock Liquors, The Cedar Chest, Costco, Crosslake/Fifty Lakes American Legion Post #500, The Crossfire, Crosslake Drug Store, Crosslake Eye Center, Crosslake Veterinary Hospital, Judy's House of Gifts, Lake Country Crafts and Cones, Lakes Area Gallery and Frame Shoppe, Lundrigan's, Maucieri's Italian Bistro, Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant and Bar, Moonlite Square, NMN Inc./Northern Lakes Embroidery, Northern Minnesota Railroad Heritage Association, Pine Peaks Restaurant and Gifts, Riverside, Savvy Mercantile, The Wharf, U.S, Army Corp of Engineers Crosslake Recreation Area, and Zorbaz. - photo submitted

See more photos on our Crosslake Winterfest gallery

Crosslake 11th Annual WinterFest Another Success

Web posted February 4, 2014
Thousands of people gathered in Crosslake last weekend for the 11th annual WinterFest Celebration. The event featured fireworks, annual SoupFest competition, and indoor and outdoor fun for all ages.

The event kicked off Friday night with Crosslake Community School’s Cabin Fever event, featuring games and family fun. Friday evening also included iceskating, horse drawn sleigh rides, a 20-foot high snow mountain for kids, and a spectacular fireworks show.

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

17 area businesses and restaurants competed in two divisions, Culinary and Amateur, for the coveted Winterfest Golden Ladle, a traveling trophy for the annual Soupfest event.

Crosslake Area Chamber Director Cindy Myogeto stated, “The WinterFest committee plans for months in advance to ensure there are fun activities for all ages and the Chamber would like to thank all the businesses who participated to make the 11th Annual WinterFest a great success.”

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