FEBRUARY 4, 2010

The Ice Man Relay, one of the most popular events at last year's winter festival, returns this year. Sawyer Sutton and Derek Winter are pictured braving Orofino Creek during last year's relay. Photo by Amy Schmid Photography

Pierce Winter Festival this Friday and Saturday

   The planners of the Pierce Winter Festival are not disenchanted with a lack of snow. It is a ‘winter’ festival, not a ‘snow’ festival and it still promises to be a lot of small town fun this weekend, Feb 5-6. Festivities begin Friday night at 6 p.m. at Bald Mountain Ski Hill. The rope tow will haul sliders up the hill, free of charge. Bring your sled or inner tube and money to buy a piece of pizza for dinner. Later that evening, The Vug will feature Karaoke.

   The Lion’s Club will serve a delicious breakfast Saturday morning.

   The Ice Man Relay, the most talked about event last year, returns with teams of three handing off each leg of a race that involves snow shoeing, running and then jumping into Orofino Creek. It will be great fun to watch. The winners from last year, Jared Construction, will pass on the traveling trophy.

   Visit A Blue Moose Mercantile to receive a “Passport to Pierce,” then visit participating merchants or festival events to have your passport stamped and receive a warm drink or treat. Completed passports can be turned in to enter a drawing for a basket of prizes. Kids will love the games organized by A Compassionate Care and all ages will enjoy the tractor hay rides driven all around town by Rockin’ Apple Ranch.

   A new event this year is the Bar Stool Race, featuring hand constructed vehicles made up of a bar stool on skis, with one rider and one pusher. There is a small entry fee; call for details. If there is insufficient snow to run the race a trophy will still be awarded for people’s favorite, best design.

   If enough snow falls by the weekend for snow sculptures (register at Studio 205), all entries must have a wilderness or historic theme in commemoration of Pierce’s Sesquicentennial. This year all town celebrations will feature some local history. Norm Steadman will be the honored storyteller at the bonfire Saturday evening at the Pierce Community Center.

   Haystacks, chili and cocoa will be available for purchase. Also at the bonfire, winners from the days’ events will be announced as well as the winners of the Cabela’s $300, $200 and $100 gift cards. Most of the festival events, excluding food, are free of charge, financed by the sale of festival t-shirts and 10 dollar per ticket chances for the Cabela’s gift cards. All sales are appreciated.            

   The Timber Inn will host a live band Saturday night.

   The Sunday Fun Run has been canceled.

   For a complete schedule, check out the calendar page at or call 208-464-2171 for more information.