What Polar Vortex? Minnesotans Gather on Frozen Lake for Music Festival

How do Midwesterners embrace winter? They head out to the coolest place in Minnesota - a frozen lake - to attend OTC-ON ICE

OTC-ON ICE! event

How do Midwesterners embrace winter? They head out to the coolest place in Minnesota to attend Otter Tail Lakes Country Association's 2nd annual OTC-ON ICE! Dubbed as the "best darn music festival on ice," it is a weekend extravaganza of live music, the first-ever Otter Curling Bonspiel, snowmobiling, ice fishing, dog sledding and plenty of fun for everyone. Everyone is invited Feb. 8-9 to immerse themselves in celebrating winter in rural Minnesota.

An eclectic mix of bands will heat up the ice as they take the stage throughout the weekend. Live music will feature Tigirlily, "still Midwestern girls at heart," who will be flying up from Nashville to bring their brand of country to the event. The4onthefloor, known for their “meaty guitar riffs,” will be performing original hits like “All My Friends” and “Enough.” Pert Near Sandstone, a Twin Cities-based bluegrass band, is sure to get some toes tapping with a mandolin and fiddle player in the band. Aaron Simmons & the Roadkill kick off the event as they jam with their nine-year-old drummer. Be there for Cindy Jo & Dirt Road Dixie, the up and comers in the Minnesota music scene.

Minnesota is famous for its 2018 Olympian gold medalist curling team. In Otter Tail County, we try the sport on a frozen lake using logs as curling rocks. OTC-ON ICE! is an opportunity to experience “red neck” curling at the debut of the Otter Curling Bonspiel. Join in as we celebrate winter as only Minnesotans know how.

“OTC-ON ICE! is an event to give locals a reason to come out and celebrate living the good life in Otter Tail County, while encouraging folks from outside the area to visit during the ‘offseason,’" said Brad Stevens, general manager of Thumper Pond, a local resort. “We encourage everyone to come out and see what the area has to offer.”

OTC-ON ICE! is an exciting opportunity for visitors to experience and explore the area and consider making it their home. Erik Osberg, OTC-ON ICE! event coordinator, says, “People want to live in Otter Tail County for what we are today. Once people experience our charming towns, friendly people and exceptional outdoor recreational opportunities, they want to return. OTC-ON ICE! is one way we let visitors know about us.”

Visit ottertaillakescountry.com/otc-on-ice/ for more information and to access the media toolkit. Journalists may contact Erik Osberg for press passes, interviews or to schedule time to share in one of the event experiences such as ice fishing or snowmobiling. 

Media Contact:
Erik Osberg
(218) 770-7848

Source: Otter Tail Lakes Country Association


Categories: Tourism

Tags: festival, Minnesota, music, tourism, winter

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