DEVILS LAKE - Thousands of people are expected to take part in Devils Lake's 18th annual ShiverFest set to open Feb. 10 and continue through Feb. 18.
It's one of the region's longest-running winter festivals, said Suzie Kenner, tourism director for the Devils Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.
"It's grown from a two-day event to a 10-day event, and it's just a fun time to get outside with your family," Kenner said. "Whether you are into ice fishing or you want to take that sleigh ride, there are so many different things happening at one time, you should be able to pique your interest someway, somehow.
"Or, maybe you're more into fitness and want to do some cross country skiing and throw in some snowga, there's just a lot to do."
One of the highlights Feb. 10-11 is the North Dakota Pond Hockey Tournament on Creel Bay at Woodland Resort west of Devils Lake. Registration begins at 10 a.m. both days.
The North Dakota Cornhole Tournament will take place the same weekend in the Memorial Building in downtown Devils Lake. Start time is 1 p.m. both days. Kenner said at least 80 teams already signed up for a chance to win the $1,000 first-place cash prize.
A $20 raffle ticket makes individuals eligible to win $45,000 worth of prizes, and it also covers entry fees into the hockey and cornhole tournaments. The grand prize in the raffle drawing is a 2017 Polaris Ranger XP 900 side-by-side.
Kenner said events will take place all week long, but the biggest number of family activities are planned Feb. 17. That day includes a youth ice fishing tournament from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Woodland Resort. Last year's event drew a record 200 anglers, Kenner said. The $10 entry fee includes a rod, bait, tackle and a T-shirt.
Another highlight Feb. 17 is the Frozen Fanny 5K. The $20 entry fee includes a T-shirt. Countless other events Feb. 17-18 are free. On tap are horse-drawn sleigh rides, sledding, cross-country skiing and snowga.
Vendor shows also are planned Feb. 17, and a fireworks show later will light up the sky at 8 p.m. over Creel Bay.
Devils Lake also is hosting the North Dakota Mite Hockey Tournament the weekend of Feb. 17-18, and the Skating Club will host a competition Feb. 18.
Kenner said there will be a lot of young people and families in town.
"We're hoping that while they're here, we can keep them busy and entertained," she said.
For more information, maps or a complete ShiverFest schedule, go to tourism.devilslakend.com.