21st Annual Zehnder’s Snowfest Highlights | Zehnder's of Frankenmuth

21st Annual Zehnder’s Snowfest Highlights

Once again, Zehnder’s 21st Annual Snowfest dazzled us with larger-than-life snow sculptures and beautifully detailed ice carvings, plus entertainment for the entire family. Complete photos and details can be found on our Snowfest Blog. The winners of the Double and Single Block Snow Sculpting Competition were: 1st Place – USA/Michigan/Florida’s “Tiki Hut”, Oakwood, Ohio’s “Mouse and Owl”; 2nd Place – USA Flint’s “Squid and Submarine”, France’s “The Secret”; 3rd Place -USA/Canada’s “Scuba Diver”, Columbus, Ohio’s “Rub-a-dub-dub”; and People’s Choice – USA/Michigan/Florida’s “Tiki Hut”, Rockford, Michigan’s “Punky the Pumpkin”. On Sunday, January 29th, the Collegiate National Ice Carving Association (NICA) teams completed their beautifully detailed ice carvings. The winners of the ice carving competition are as follows: 1st Place – Henry Ford Community College, 2nd Place – Culinary Institute of Mexico (Hector Mijares & Oscar Gonzalez), 3rd Place – Henry Ford Community College and 4th Place – Culinary Institute of Mexico (Arturo Garcia & Artemisa Castillo). Here are some of the other Snowfest 2012 highlights:

Michigan’s Favorite Apple Recipe and Michigan’s Best Apple Pie Contests were held on Wednesday, January 25th with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners from each contest. The winners of Michigan’s Favorite Apple Recipe Contest includes 1st Place, Virginia Prince from Flint, Michigan with “Apple Harvest Delight Cake”, 2nd Place, Genevieve Connors from Royal Oak, Michigan with “Winter’s Best Cheesecake” and Linda Stanley from Warren, Michigan with “Maple Apple Clafouti with Maple Praline Bacon Topping” apple recipe. The winners of the Michigan’s Best Apple Pie Contest include: First Place and Second Place winners were Dan and Linda Beck (husband and wife) of Flint, Michigan consecutively. Dan presented his “Yankee Spy Apple Pie” and Linda with her “Crumb Crust Apple Pie” recipe. Third place went to Rebecca Card of Hope, Michigan with her delicious “Creamy Apple Medley Crunch Pie” recipe. Click here for more information and the complete recipes.

Once again, Dueling Pianos rocked Zehnder’s to a sold-out crowd playing rockin’ oldies of yesterday and today. Their interactive show got the crowd clapping, laughing and singing after a delicious Zehnder’s Chicken Luncheon. Dueling Pianos is truly a modern day Vaudeville act! On Friday, January 27th, Greg Butauski, Award Winning Certified Master Ice Sculptor and his tream created a Jamaica-themed masterpiece in Zehnder’s Ice Tent. Their ice creations included realistic palm trees, jungle creatures and interactive pieces which complimented the unusually warm weather very nicely. Visitors flocked to the tent and snapped thousands of pictures. Further down the way, spectators enjoyed a Consumers Energy snow truck complete with a lift bucket for photo opportunities. At Riverplace, high school students competed for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards in their very own Snow Sculpting competition. The winners of the high school competition include 1st Place – Freeland High School with “Tee-Pee”, 2nd Place – Owosso High School Team A with “Party in the Front, Business in Back, and 3rd Place – Kingston High School with “Skull”. Congratulations to the high school winners!

On Saturday, visitors enjoyed a spectacular fireworks display over Frankenmuth sponsored by Consumers Energy and Pepsi. The complete fireworks display can be seen by clicking here.

Throughout Snowfest, Zehnder’s Warming Tent featured live entertainment by popular bands including the 338th Army Band on Friday and Saturday, area Praise Bands on “Winter Worship Night” (Thursday), the Steel Wheels Band on “Country Night” (Friday), Jedi Mind Trip and The Rock Show on “Classics Day” (Saturday) and last, but not least, The Sauce Cats and Universal Expression on Sunday. The Warming Tent also featured fun activities including Bingo complete with prizes from The Premium Outlets of Birch Run, Karaoke Contest, face painting, juggling by Tommy Tropic and of course, food, refreshments and exhibit booths. Children and adults alike enjoyed personalized ice blocks in the Ice Tent, a free petting zoo, children’s pony rides, a Jamaica-themed putt putt golf course and other community activities such as Chicken Bowling at the Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce, children’s inflatables at the Frankenmuth Riverplace and square dancing at Fischer Hall.

Monday completed Snowfest with the 20th Annual Chef’s Hot Food Competition and Tasting where chefs competed with a “Culinary Salute to Hawaii” at Zehnder’s Restaurant. The incredible food included authentic Hawaiian recipes such as “Loco Moco” and Chicken Adobo. Look for the winners of the competition in next month’s newsletter. Proceeds from the competition support the Saginaw East Side Soup Kitchen “After School” Meal Program.

Even though the weather started off a bit warmer than recent years, Zehnder’s Snowfest was once again, a huge success. We invite you to upload your favorite photo from this year’s Snowfest on our Facebook fan page under the “Snowfest Impressions” tab from now through February 15, 2012. The 3 photos with the highest number of votes wins first, second and third place. First place winners will receive a complete Splashtastic Getaway package at Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel & Waterpark, second place wins golf for 4 at The Fortress Golf Course and third place wins dinner for 2 at Zehnder’s Restaurant. Thanks to our guests, carvers, volunteers and employees who made Zehnder’s Snowfest 2012 a huge success!