IceFest Activities Injure 11

By A. Finn Moss | Beacon Festival Reporter

IceFest 2016 went off with just a few broken hitches. (Joplin Skates file photo).


It was the ice that doomed them.

Nearly a dozen people were injured Sunday during the 3rd annual Bass Lake IceFest Festival No. 3 2016 Extravaganza!!!

Apart from the title of the event, festival organizers got carried away in other areas as well. And it was these additional enthusiasms that led to the bulk of the injuries.

While popular during summer fairs and averages, the dunk tank and the pie-in-the-face booth proved almost deadly at IceFest.

With the dunk tank, it was leg injuries. At the pie hurling booth, broken faces took the prize.

“We didn’t think this through completely,” said IceFest committee chair Glenda Goodwitch. “I suppose we should have guessed the dunk tank would freeze and the ice pies would hurt.”

According to Bass Lake Regional Corporate Hospital records, two compound leg fractures, three sprained ankles and four eye socket fractures led the injury count at the emergency room.

All victims were transported to the hospital by snowmobile or cow-drawn sledge.

But the day was not a total loss. The IceFishing contest saw records broken (but no bones) in the carp and perch categories while over at the curling area several tight matches had the crowds on the tips of their skates.

“All things considered, it was a good day,” Goodwitch said. “A good, family filled fun day.”

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