Chetek is gearing up for Winter Fest, with pre-events kicking off on Friday, Feb. 15, ahead of the big event on Saturday, Feb. 23.

The Chetek Chamber of Commerce is looking for volunteers to help staff the event on Feb. 23. Those that work a shift—such as manning the entry gates, working security, serving concessions or helping with set-up and tear-down—can get free entry into Winter Fest, along with six beer tickets.

Chamber event organizer Jennifer Blatz encouraged people to sign up by Feb. 15. Mostly, she needs volunteers to man the entry gates, collecting entry fees and making sure attendees sign waivers when they enter.

Blatz said they don’t have to stand outside the entire time, but can sit in their cars, out of the weather.

Volunteer sign-up

As of Tuesday, Feb. 4, here are the remaining open volunteers shifts needed for Feb. 23 during Winter Fest. Sign-up information is at the bottom of the list.

For Friday, Feb. 22:

• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: three of eight volunteers needed to help set up the event on Lake Chetek.

For Saturday, Feb. 23:

• 7–11 a.m.: one of two volunteers at the City Beach entry gate and two volunteers at Red’s entry gate.

• 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.: three volunteers are needed to work security.

• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: two volunteers at the City Beach gate and one of three volunteers at the concession stand on the lake.

• 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: two volunteers each at the Hydroflites gate and Red’s gate.

• 12–4 p.m.: three volunteers for security.

• 3:45–8 p.m.: four volunteers to serve concessions.

• 5–8 p.m.: two volunteers to serve beer.

For Sunday, Feb. 24:

• 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.: five of eight volunteers to help tear down the event.

Volunteers can sign up by going to www.chetekwinterfest.org and clicking the link to volunteer in the “Update” box that pops up, or going directly to www.signupgenius.com/go/508094faaa822a5f85-2019 or https://bit.ly/2DUbDUe.

Winter Fest events

Winter Fest is held on Lake Chetek off of the City Beach on Lakeview Drive. Gates open at 8 a.m. on Feb. 23.

National Straightline Snowmobile Racing holds sanctioned races on 1,000-foot-long tracks, sponsored by S & R Towing. Registration is at 8 a.m., with races running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A radar-measured fun run, sponsored by Jerry’s Tree Service & 24-Hour Towing will also be held, along with a bikini run to raise money for breast cancer advocacy and patient support.

Red’s will host a pancake breakfast in the morning to support the Chetek Youth Center.

Midwest Dental will have kids’ activities on the ice. Warmth, food, beverages, Winter Fest apparel, and music by DJ Double-D can be found under the Pokegama Lakeside beer tent.

Festivities officially kick off the week before on Feb. 15, with the Winter Fest Warm-Up Party at Red’s, from 6–9 p.m., with raffles, drawings, specials, music and more.

Also, downtown shops will have a Shop Hop Around Chetek, starting Saturday, Feb. 16. At participating businesses, for each $5 spent, customers will have their names entered into a prize drawing. The promotion runs all week long, with winners being drawn after the races on Saturday.

Bikini Run

The Winter Fest Bikini Run, sponsored by A & A Haulers, will take place on Feb. 23. Entry forms and pledges are due at 12 p.m., with racing at 1 p.m. Funds raised will benefit the Pink Ribbon Advocacy of Barron County, which supports those with breast cancer.

Racers pledge to raise money, then race a 800cc sled (or lower). It is open to both men and women. Prizes are awarded to the fastest time as well as top male and female fundraisers.

As of Tuesday, Feb. 5, 12 racers had signed up for the Bikini Run, two more than last year’s run.

Sign-up and pledge form information can be found under the “Fundraising” tab at www.chetekwinterfest.org.

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