Zehnder’s Snowfest – 25th Anniversary | Zehnder's of Frankenmuth

Zehnder’s Snowfest – 25th Anniversary

By Al Zehnder, CEO of Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth

It’s hard to believe that more than 25 years ago two guys, Bill Doering and Pete Rumsey; came walking into our offices and discussed their idea of having a winter festival featuring ice and snow carvers. They thought Frankenmuth would make an ideal location and Zehnder’s a great sponsor. They had an idea and we had nothing better to do.

This year Zehnder’s Snowfest, now recognized as one of the premier winter events in the nation; celebrates 25 years of winter fun for the whole family. Since our first Snowfest in 1992, it seems we’ve tried it all, while it’s been a great event each year these are some of the hightlights:

• 1992 – The inaugural Zehnder’s SnowFest

• 1994 – Zehnder’s SnowFest awarded the Governor’s Tourism Award. Presented by Michigan Governor John Engler

• 1996 – Visit from NBC national news weatherman Willard Scott

• 1997 – The slide down Mt. Rushmore. Our man made luge run open to the public. (Safe to say we’ll never do this again!)

• 1998 – Zehnder’s imported a multi-ton piece of glacier ice from Alaska

• 1999 – Recognized by Guinness Book of World Records for constructing the world’s   largest Snow Cone; 3,300 pounds of ice and 60 gallons of raspberry syrup.

•  2013 and 2015 – Visited by the Detroit Tigers

If you’ve had a favorite over the years or a photo you want to share, please upload to the Snowfest Impressions contest for a chance to win great Zehnder’s prizes. View all awards, news and photos at www.zehnders.com.

Al Zehnder, CEO of Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth