By Justin Franz, 1-17-12
||Caption: Free sleigh rides will be a highlight of this weekend's Winterfest in Lakeside and Somers. - Contributed photo
Whitefish isn't the only place celebrating winter this weekend as the Lakeside/Somers Chamber of Commerce and Blacktail Mountain host the annual Winterfest on Saturday. From a pancake breakfast to live music, sleigh rides and a pig roast, there is something for everyone.
Festivities will kick off bright and early at 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast at the Lakeside Chapel. Tickets are $5 per person or $15 for a family and all proceeds from that helps the Lakeside Chapel Youth Group.
After that people can register and participate in the 10th Annual Family Cup Ski and Snowboard races on Blacktail Mountain. Registration takes place at the mountain lodge between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. and races start at 11 a.m. on Emmons Ridge. Besides races up on the mountain, there will be sporting clays in Somers and, depending on weather, a snowmobile poker run from the Lake Mary Ronan Lodge to Muley's at Blacktail Mountain. And once competitors arrive at Muley's they can enjoy music by Danielle Oliver at 2:30 p.m. Sleigh rides will be available up on the mountain throughout the day.
The entire day wraps up at the Tamarack Brewing Company for a pig roast at 5 p.m. and live music by 20 Grand at 7 p.m. For more information about the event call the brewery at (406) 844-0244, Blacktail Mountain at (406) 844-0999 or the Lakeside/Somers Chamber of Commerce at (406) 844-3715.
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