The Annual Glen Lake Winterfest, hosted by the Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce, is Saturday, February 17 from 7 a.m.–3 p.m. Head on down to Boonedocks in Glen Arbor for a variety of family friendly events and activities—the perfect way to spend a February afternoon.

Perch Fishing Contest

Festivities start at 7 a.m. with the Perch Fishing Contest—prizes for first through fourth place catches. All participants will bring their biggest catches from Big and Little Glen Lake to the Sportsman Shop at 1 p.m., and winners will then be crowned. Entry fee for this event is $20, and all ages are welcome. $10 of the entry fee is for your admission to the Chili Cook-off.

Chili Cook-off

Hang out on the deck at Boonedocks for a winter party! Plenty of heaters, drinks, music, family, friends, and chili to keep you warm! Hosted by Glen Lake Schools, the Chili Cook-Off kicks off at noon. Entrants will compete to earn chili bragging rights. First through fifth place winners, as determined by popular vote, receive a plaque commemorating the Chili Cook-off. There’s only one category: Chili! However you define it! Winners will be crowned as the event wraps up around 3 p.m. If you’d like to participate in the Chili Cook-off, the entry fee is $25 per chili.

Proceeds from this event go directly to the Glen Lake Schools Scholarship Fund. This is a family friendly event, just be sure to dress warmly! The community event sponsored by Glen Lake Schools, Art’s Tavern, Boonedocks, The Sportsman Shop, and the Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce.

Admission is $10 per person, which includes unlimited chili samples, or $5 for seniors over 70 and kids 12 and under.

Email questions to or call/contact Tim Barr at Art’s Tavern. Both contests PDF entry forms can be found at

RSVP, stay updated, and invite your friends and family via the Facebook event page!

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Photo(s) by Charlotte Davis