Big coats, furry hats and mittens and scarves, clunky boots all wrapped around individuals as they played golf, created snow sculptures, raced cardboard sleds, ice skated and did yoga – all outside – in January.
In its second year, Frostival helps celebrate the perks of winter by gathering the community together to play games, hear live music and enjoy good food. Concordia seniors Janey Walquist and Jodi Middendorf attended the opening kickoff of the festival.
“We went on the horse drawn carriage ride, had s’mores, tried eight different types of hot chocolate, and shared input on what to do in the downtown Fargo area in the next few years,” Walquist says. “I thought it was really cool. The atmosphere was friendly and inviting.”
Middendorf says the setting was perfect for college students.
“It was great for us college students because everything we did was completely free of charge,” Middendorf says. “There really was something for everyone.”
At various locations throughout Fargo-Moorhead, students and community members could go to a chili feed, geocaching, make snow sculptures and snow forts, warm up in a sauna and participate in snowshoe races and rentals. Different parks held snowga, a disc golf tournament, volleyball tournament and a norse race. Hot chocolate was available along with a fire and some marshmallows to make s’mores. Walquist and Middendorf did yoga in the snow, aka snowga.
“The snowga was cold, but it was a different experience,” Walquist says. “They talked about embracing how your body feels in the cold and being aware of the loud noises in the city around you.”
Middendorf says the festival was a great way to engage with the community.
“We really appreciated the event,” Middendorf says. “The people and businesses who funded and planned the event really must be great people. We had a great time and it was something that we could do on a college budget to have a great time with others in the community.”
Fargo may be north of normal, but the community embraces its uniqueness and makes the most of it, even in the middle of winter.
Sage Larson '17 is studying multimedia journalism and Spanish.