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The World’s Largest Party…ON ICE!

Join us as we kick off 150 years of Otter Tail County in a big way! The celebration will be held Saturday, Feb. 3 and Sunday, Feb. 4 on Otter Tail Lake. An extensive collection of events and activities will be offered for the whole family. Blocks of accommodation are available at nearby resorts and hotels. Or, set-up your ice house for a weekend on Otter Tail Lake! Buy your tickets today!

Schedule of Events

The event calendar is being updated almost daily. The current schedule is not yet guaranteed nor final. 

Friday, February 2nd

  • Check-In and/or Set-Up Ice House
  • Media FAM & Pre-Party Festivities at Thumper Pond Resort

Saturday, February 3rd

  • 10 AM – Gates open and food/beverage service begins
  • 10 AM – Snowmobile Trail Ride
  • 10:30 AM – Vintage Snowmobile Show & Ride
  • 11 AM – 18 Hole Ice Golf Tournament Begins
  • 1 PM – Polar Plunge
  • 1:30 PM – Watch Minnesota Gopher’s Men Basketball vs. Michigan Wolverines
  • 3 PM – Live Music: Ashley Hanson
  • 4 PM – Live Music: Aaron Simmons
  • 5:45 PM – Live Music: 32 Below
  • 8 PM – Live Music: Johnny Holm Band

Sunday, February 4th

  • 11 AM – Gates open and food/beverage service begins
  • 11 AM – Bean Bags & Bloody Mary’s
  • 12 PM – Sleigh Rides (until 4 PM)
  • 2 PM – Tail Gate Party for the Big Game
  • 5:30 PM – The Biggest Party on Ice for the Biggest Game of the Year!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is OTC on ICE?

  • OTC-ON ICE! is the kick-off event for Otter Tail County’s 150th anniversary. It is a celebration of being Minnesotan. There will be food vendors, outdoor recreation, a polar plunge, live music and…the world’s largest tailgate party on ice!

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?

  • Three bands have been contracted for Saturday, Feb 3rd. There will also be several other music/entertainment acts throughout the weekend.

 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.

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 Mark Bjerke (contact info below).
  • Become a sponsor or a vendor.
  • Buy tickets.
  • Show up! With the eyes of the world on Minnesota that weekend, considerable state and national press are anticipated. 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.


Activities Available at OTC on ICE

Live Music

World’s Largest Tailgate Party…ON ICE

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Sleigh Rides

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Kick Sleds

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Snow Painting

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Ice Bocce

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Pond/Boot Hockey

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Polar Plunge

Ice Fishing

Bean Bag Tournament

Ice Golf Tournament

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VIP Dining by Beach Bums

Saturday Dinner Served 5-7pm
Prime Rib & Walleye. Chef carved prime rib, broiled walleye served on a wild rice pilaf, mixed green salad & dressing, Mashed Garlic Reds, Roasted Rustic Vegetables & Sliced French Bread.

Sunday Pre-Game Snacks Served 2-4pm
Spicy Buffalo wings with Blue Cheese, BBQ Meatballs, Chips & Salsa, Vegetable platter with Ranch, kettle chips with French Onion Dips

Sunday Dinner Served 5-7pm
Ribs & Chicken. Slow Roasted Kansas City BBQ Ribs, grilled Chicken breast with a Champagne beurre blanc, cheddar mashed potatoes, sautéed green beans & sliced French bread

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Beverage Services by Willy T’s



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Mark Bjerke

Event Manager
Mark Bjerke is the go-to contact for OTC-On Ice! For all questions, concerns, sponsorship & vendor inquiries call 612-210-5525 or email [email protected]
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