OTC-ON ICE! Jan. 31 - Feb. 1, 2020

Cooler than ever!

We are happy to announce that OTC-ON ICE! is happening again in 2020! We've created so many cool memories over the past couple years, we decided to do it again. The dates will be Friday, January 31st through Saturday, February 1st. Year three of the event promises to be bigger and better than ever. We are adding an official MN Special Olympics Polar Plunge on Saturday, Feb. 1 and we are going to have an online fishing derby. Hope to see you there. 


Schedule of events

Thursday, January 30th

Check-In and/or Set-Up Ice House
Media FAM opportunities upon request, including snowmobile rides and ice fishing.
4 – 9 PM – OTC On Ice Pre-Party at Willy T’s at Thumper Pond. Leighton Broadcasting will be emceeing the event with giveaways, games and more!
4 – 9 PM – Tickets available for pick up (or purchase) at Willy T’s at Thumper Pond Resort

Friday, January 31st

4 PM – Gates open and food/beverage service begins
6 PM – Live Music: Whiskey Business
8:00 PM – Live Music: 32 Below

Saturday, February 1st

7 AM – Breakfast Buffet at Willy T’s at Thumper Pond. $7.99 per person.
10 AM – MN Special Olympics Polar Plunge Check-In Begins
11 AM – Snowmobile Trail Ride

12 noon - MN Special Olympics Polar Lunge presented by Law Enforcement

3 PM - Live Music: White Iron Band
5 PM – Live Music: Corey Medina & Brothers
7 PM - Live Music: Patrick Murphy
9 PM – Live Music: Tigirlily

local shuttle service available

frequently asked questions

What is OTC on ICE?

OTC-ON ICE! is a celebration of winter in Minnesota. It is a frozen fusion of music, food & fun.  Our main attraction is the music.  There will be 6 homegrown bands performing under the big top.  We will begin announcing band names November, 1, 2019.  There will also be beverages, food and other activities.   

Is there a fishing contest?

YES!. For the first time in OTC-ON ICE! history, there will be a fishing derby. It will be an online derby, so you can participate while you are in your fish house. We will be announcing those details in December. 

Is this family friendly?

YES! While adult beverages will be served, this is an event the whole family can enjoy.

How many bands will be there?

Six bands total. Two bands will be performing Friday, January. 31st & four bands will play Saturday, Feb. 1st. 

Do I have to stay on the ice?

No. Area hotels/resorts will be happy to host you. Many are offering transportation from the hotel/resort to OTC on ICE.

Where do I get will-call tickets?
You may pick up will-call tickets at the ticket booth at the entrance to the event tent. 

What if the ice isn’t thick enough?

If the ice isn’t thick enough, the event will be held in the Thumper Pond parking lot.

What if the temperatures are too cold?

We’re Minnesotan…so hopefully that isn’t an issue. However, we also want to be safe. If temperatures are extremely cold, the festivities will be moved inside at Thumper Pond Resort.

How can I get involved?

-Volunteer! If you want to help during the event, contact Erik Osberg (contact info below).
-Become a sponsor or a vendor.
-Buy tickets.
-Show up! Let’s show the world that Otter Tail County knows how to celebrate winter!
-Spread the word! Invite your friends and relatives! Start a new tradition!
-Follow and share us on social media.



Friday, January 31st
6 PM – Live Music: TBA
8 PM – Live Music: TBA

Saturday, February 1st

3 PM- Live Music: TBA

5 PM - Live Music: TBA

7 PM - Live Music: TBA

9 PM - Live Music: TBA

Valid OTC on ICE Ticket required

MN Special Olympics Polar Lunge

Vintage Snowmobile Show

Snowmobile Trail Rides

Dog sledding



Cornfield Cafe will be serving pulled pork, brisket, beans & chips.  The Williams Company Store will be serving coffee, tea, hot chocolate and sandwiches. 

Volunteers wanted

We have a need for volunteers to assist with a wide variety of tasks, including:

Security Assistance
Parking Assistants
Work any 4 hour shift and you receive a 2-Day Admission ticket for volunteering!

Location: Pelican Bay Access – Otter Tail Lake

Volunteers received a 2-day pass for a 4 hour shift.

media toolkit

Press Releases From the Event:

press release OTCICE1_14
press release OTCICE1_29
Media alert OTCICE1_19
Media alertOTCICE2_19


January 23, 2019–OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MN – Are you looking for a unique story for sweeps? How about a truly one-of-a-kind #OnlyinMN experience? Otter Tail Lakes Country Association is hosting their second annual OTC-ON ICE! festival February 8-9, 2019. Dubbed as the "best darn music festival on ice" the 2-day event will feature 4 bands from Minnesota and one from North Dakota with all sorts of winter fun. There will be dog sledding, "redneck curling", ice fishing, snowmobiling and plenty of food, fun and libations. You are invited to immerse yourselves in our lifestyle and #FindYourInnerOtter.

FISHING- First and foremost, Otter Tail County has more lakes than any other county in the nation. Ice fishing opportunities abound and it's easier than one might think. Unlike other destinations that have one large major body of water that is the center of attention, we have over 1,000 lakes that hold world class bluegill and crappie fishing. Maybe you'd like to do a story on spearing for Northern Pike? Don't worry, we have walleye fishing too. Otter Tail Lake, the site of OTC-ON ICE! is nearly 14,000 acres and is considered by many to be a walleye factory. Nearby Battle Lake will be hosting their 3rd Annual Fishing derby on Saturday, Feb 9th to add another angle to your visit. Guided trips are available upon request.

SNOWMOBILING- We have snow, and the trails are groomed. Otter Tail County has a sophisticated snowmobile trail system. Local clubs oversee maintaining the trails and we will arrange a ride-along if desired. The Otter Trail Riders Club will be on hand at OTC-ON ICE! on Feb. 9th. They will have some vintage sleds on display and will be leading trail rides beginning at 11:00 am.

MUSIC- Our music lineup is chocked full of Minnesota pride. Pert Near Sandstone is a Twin Cities based bluegrass band. They will be performing Saturday, Feb. 9th at 8pm and they plan to stay in a fish house for the event! The4onthefloor is a rock and roll band and is also based out of the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. They've been known to fly a Minnesota flag during their shows and will bring great energy at 8pm Friday, Feb. 8th. Aaron Simmons and the Roadkill will get the event started on Friday, Feb. 8th at 6pm. Aaron Simmons has a song called "Minnesota" that features the line "you'll get used to the cold." Last but certainly not least is Tigirlily. Two gals from a small town in North Dakota who have moved to Nashville, TN to chase their dream of being stars.

There are plenty of stories to be told and a good time to be had. If you are interested in learning more or planning to attend, please contact Erik Osberg, Rural Rebound Initiative Coordinator, Otter Tail County.

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Looking for a way to get your brand in front of folks who like to have a good time in the middle of winter? Consider becoming a sponsor of OTC-ON ICE! 

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