February 2nd & 3rd, 2018

Congratulations, Raffle Ticket #0623

Congratulations to the holder of raffle ticket number 0623 – you have won the 2017 Knickerbocker Ice Festival 50/50 raffle.

You won $1,718.00!!


Important Update

January 31, 2017 – Ice events will go on as planned! Ice Golf, Ice Softball, Ice Diving and the Fisheree.

So far, the Winter of 2017/2018 has teased us with arctic cold…then spring-like warmth…and then cold again. Winter in Wisconsin – it’s what we’ve come to expect! But we feel certain that there’s a nice, thick base of ice on Rock Lake to kick off the annual Knickerbocker Ice Festival.

Mark your calendars for Friday, February 2 and Saturday, February 3 for the 2018 Knickerbocker Ice Festival. It will be a fun day for all to enjoy winter events in Lake Mills! The Knickerbocker Ice Festival, named after the company that harvested ice from Rock Lake in the early 1900s, and the Lake Mills Main Street Program will host a weekend full of indoor and outdoor events to connect Lake Mills with that icy past.

There are fun activities for the entire family, people of all ages, during the Knickerbocker Ice Festival. Enjoy family park games and softball, golf and ice fishing on Rock Lake. And wonderful ice carvings all over downtown!

Friday, February 2nd


Candlelight Ski/Snowshoe

@ Korth Park (North Park/Main Shelter)

Candlelight Ski/Snowshoe in Korth Park at the Upper Pavilion. The Lake Mills Wellness Coalition is hosting this FREE family event to help kick off the Knickerbocker weekend. A limited number of free snowshoes will be available for use for both adults and children alike. After you are done on the trails, warm up next to a camp fire while enjoying hot cocoa, hot chocolate, or a cup of chili – all available for purchase. This event is sponsored by: Journey of Life Wellness Studio, Lake Mills Recreation Department, Fort HealthCare and Jefferson County Parks. Check out the Lake Mills Wellness Coalition Facebook page for up-to-date information on the status of the event. Ends at 8pm.


Arts Alliance of Greater Lake Mills – Art Show

@ 203 North Main Street

Sponsored by Tyranena Brewing Company and the Arts Alliance of Greater Lake Mills. Enjoy an art show and beer. Free admission and appetizers provided by the Lake Mills Market.


Team Trivia

@ City Hall (200 Water Street)

Sponsored by Saga Engineering and MK Cellular. Teams of 6-8 players will test their knowledge and trivia skills with ten rounds of ten questions each. The event begins promptly at 7pm – make sure you are registered before 7pm that night!

Download the application and guidelines:

Trivia Rules & Registration Form 2018

Saturday, February 3rd



@ Bartel’s Beach

Sponsored by Party Mart, Rock Lake Storage and Sportsman’s Pub. Sign up that morning, or at Party Mart (W7124 County Road V) through Friday, 2/3/17. Wrap-up party and prizes at Sportsman’s Pub (129 N. Main Street) at 6pm. And look for Doyle’s Dogs – there may be some tasty hot dogs at the lake (weather-permitting). Ends at 5pm.


Iceberg Open Golf

@ Bartel’s Beach

Sponsored by Lakeland Cold Storage. What could be more fun than that a rousing nine holes of golf on frozen Rock Lake? Don’t miss out on this fun event. Register at TT’s Timeout any time, or starting at 7:30am on game day, if any spots remain. This year, you will pick when you want to tee off by picking your starting time – tee-off times are available from 8:30am to 11:30am. This year, we hope the players will come down early to take a try at the Long Putt Contest (3 putts for $5, or 8 putts for $10) before they tee off. The prize for the Long Putt Contest is 50% of the fees collected – that could be a nice chunk of change! This event is dependent on weather conditions, but we fully expect to see lots of action that day on the lake!


Ice Carving

@ Downtown Lake Mills

Enjoy ice carving master Dick Emmerich and his band of merry carvers as they create masterpieces out of ice throughout the downtown area. The 2017 ice sculptures are sponsored by RE/MAX Community Realty; American Family; Eli Wedel Photo & Design; Lewis Station Winery; Wallflower Market; Cream City Marketing; Bank of Lake Mills; Neuberger, Griggs, Sweet & Smith, LLC; Optimal Physical Therapy; Candorem; TT’s Timeout; The Grist Bar & Table; Calamity Janes; Sportsman’s Bar; Jefferson Veterinary Clinic/Dr. Jeffrey Hamann; Sanft Accounting; CV Hair Company; Bungalow Jo’s; Timber Creek; Water House Foods; Countryside Jewelry and Ephraim Faience Pottery.


Rock Lake Under Ice

@ Bartel’s Beach

Sponsored by the Rock Lake Improvement Association. For the fifth year, this “Gumby Plunge” is at Bartel’s Beach near the ice golfing. Come on down, put on a warm, water-proof suit and jump into Rock Lake! Why? To have some fun while learning from certified diver, Bill Krieger, about how to safely get yourself out of frigid waters if you fall in accidentally. Bill has suits for kids (8 and up) as well as adults. Donations to help him maintain his gear are welcome. Ends at 11:30am.


Royal Coronation

@ Commons Park, Downtown Lake Mills

Sponsored by TT’s Timeout. Each year, we honor a special “King” and “Queen” for the festival – and they carry their title proudly until the next year. Who will be our royalty this year?


NEW! – Ice Softball

@ Bartel’s Beach

NEW for 2017 is our Ice Softball Tournament. Starting at 10am, it will be held just south of Bartel’s Beach on Rock Lake. Sign up your team – or sign up as an individual and get placed on a team. The entry fee is $100 per team or $10 per individual, which comes back as prize money to the winning teams. Sign up sheets are at the Grist Bar & Table, and the Team Captain’s Meeting will be held at the Grist on Friday, February 3 at 7pm. To sign up, or if you would like more information, please email icesoftball.lm@gmail.com. Entry deadline is January 31.


Outdoor Park Activities

@ Commons Park, Downtown Lake Mills

Sponsored by the Lake Mills Wellness Coalition, the Lake Mills Recreation Department and the Rock Lake Activity Center. Outdoor park activities in Commons Park, including snowshoeing, snow painting and a snowball throwing contest! Ends at 1pm


Optimist Club Skating Party

@ Commons Park, Downtown Lake Mills

Sponsored by the Optimist Club and Doyle’s Dogs. Ice skating party on the Norman Rockwellian Commons Park ice rink. Enjoy hot dogs from Doyle’s Dogs and music. Ends at 1pm.


NEW! – Free Hayrides

@ Doyle’s Dogs

Another NEW event for 2017, Doyle’s Dogs is sponsoring free hayrides around the downtown square. Keith Kulow of Thundering Acres brings his horses and wagon to provide rides throughout the charming Lake Mills downtown – see all of the ice sculptors hard at work, and all of the activities around town! Ends at 1pm



Family Games in the Park

@ Commons Park, Downtown Lake Mills

Sponsored by Dutch Designs. These popular and returning games (snow cover permitting!) are run by the Lake Mills Wellness Coalition. There will be plenty of fun for the whole family! Events include: Snowball Eating Contest, Frozen Fish Toss, and the world famous IdiderDAD!

All Day

50/50 Raffle Drawing

@ Downtown Lake Mills

Look for raffle ticket sellers all day throughout the event. The winner will be announced Sunday evening, February 5, 2017 on Facebook and the Main Street website. Last year, the 50/50 winner won over $2200! It could be YOU this year!

Although we have two new events this year (Ice Softball and free hayrides), we are not having the 5k Run or the Fire & Ice Chili Contest – but we have full confidence that they will both be back in 2018!

Special Thanks to our Gold Sponsors

Much appreciation to the Gold Sponsors of the 2017 Knickerbocker Ice Festival – their overall support of this event ensures the continued success of a fun winter weekend.

This year’s Gold Sponsors are Ephraim Faience Pottery, Lake Mills Market, Harms Insurance Group, Chapter 2, Greenwoods State Bank and Ryan’s Auto Care.

The Knickerbocker Ice Festival is also a great weekend to visit many of the businesses that help make the Ice Festival possible. Michelle Burkard and Rob Lewis of Lewis Station Winery believe that the Knickerbocker Ice Festival is an important weekend for their business.

“The Knickerbocker Ice Festival brings so many locals and tourists to Lake Mills for the fun activities, food and ice wine tasting, making this one of our busiest days of the year.”

When you have exhausted all that downtown Lake Mills has to offer, don’t forget the great businesses beyond the downtown district – many of them are sponsors of this event and they are part of the recipe that makes this community great!

Past Knickerbocker Ice Festivals

Click Here for Download Information and Registration

Knickerbocker Fisheree: Fill out an application directly at Party Mart (7124 Hwy V) – your Fisheree Headquarters, or download and take to Party Mart

2017 Rules and Reg

Iceberg Open Golf:

Head ye to TT’s Timeout and sign up your team and choose your tee time.

Team Trivia: Download information and registration for Team Trivia

Trivia Rules & Registration Form 2017

Ice Softball: NEW this year! All team registration sheets are at the Grist Bar & Table (103 S. Main Street). Sign up a team, or just sign yourself up and you’ll get added to a team.

A Little History