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