FARGO — The time between the holidays and spring can leave some people with the winter blahs.
Others look forward to the time, especially this weekend and Frostival.
The annual celebration of cold weather activities opens Friday, Jan. 25, with a kickoff party in downtown Fargo. On Saturday, Jan. 26, about 25 games and events will be held around Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo.
While the cold weather may prompt some to stay inside, last year’s Frostival attracted around 6,000 people, according to Andi Thoreson, director of marketing for the Fargo Moorhead Convention & Visitors Bureau, which organizes the event. That number was up from the previous year.
The temperature has been dropping the past few days, but Saturday is expected to see highs around 10 degrees and Thoreson expects to see continued growth in attendance.
There’s also been growth in programming. Frostival organizers scheduled some new events this year, including reverse dog-sled races and something called bearding.
“Bearding is a real thing. And a pretty popular thing,” Thoreson says, explaining that contestants get judged on different aspects of their facial hair to win in different categories, like styled mustache or Alaskan whaler partial beard.
“There is no shortage of beards in the Fargo area, so you might as well win something with that,” Thoreson says.
The reverse dog-sled race has sparked a lot of curiosity.
“You pull your dogs instead of them pulling you. It’s exactly as it sounds,” she says. “I’m kind of curious to see if the dogs will sit still in the sled. It will be cute, nonetheless.”
Some other planned activities, like human curling, capture the flag and kickball, may have created some interest, but had to be scrapped due to poor registration numbers.
That said, one of the biggest eyebrow-raising events, the Undie Run up Broadway, was so successful last year that another heat had to be added.
“It’s so cold. Rather than sitting inside and having nothing to do but complain about the weather, this is something fun to do despite it being cold. It’s embracing it,” Thoreson says.
If you go
When: Friday, Jan. 25, and Saturday, Jan. 26
Where: Locations around Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo
Info: For a full list of events, times and locations, visit http://frostival.com