Third Times a Charm!
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.
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: Artist to be announced
8:00 PM – Live Music: Artist to be announced
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
3 PM - Live Music: TBA
5 PM – Live Music: TBA
7 PM - Live Music: TBA
9 PM – Live Music: TBA
local shuttle service available
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 5 homegrown bands performing under the big top. Pert Near Sandstone, Tigirlily, the4onthefloor, Dirt Road Dixie and Aaron Simmons & the Roadkills. There will also be beverages, food and other activities.
Is this a fishing contest?
No. While attendees are encouraged to bring their fish houses & set up camp for the weekend, there is no organized fishing tournament or derby. Fishing is allowed, but no prizes will be awarded. Still want a trophy? Several local fishing contests are being held.
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?
Two bands will be performing Friday, Feb. 8th & three bands will play Saturday, Feb. 9th.
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.
-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!
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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
Cornfield Cafe will be serving pulled pork, brisket, beans & chips. The Williams Company Store will be serving coffee, tea, hot chocolate and sandwiches.
We had for volunteers to assist with a wide variety of tasks, including:
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.
Press Releases From the Event:
COME EXPERIENCE WINTER IN OTTER TAIL LAKES COUNTRY
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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