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North Tahoeand#8217;s SnowFest offers wacky events for all ages

Pettit Gilwee
Special to the Sun

NORTH LAKE TAHOE and#8212; The wacky and wildest strut their stuff at North Lake Tahoeand#8217;s annual SnowFest, a 10-day winter carnival and one of the regionand#8217;s most popular family celebrations.

The event, scheduled for March 5-14, will again offer off-the-wall special events geared for all ages.

Contestants with strong stomachs might want to consider the Mamasake Extreme Food Challenge Friday, March 5, 4-6 p.m., in the Village at Squaw Valley. This free event has participants trying food from around the world, with the items getting progressively more interesting and#8230; to say the least! There is also a wasabi-eating contest.

Pull out your bathing suits. Swimming enthusiasts can take to Lake Tahoeand#8217;s 40-degree waters for the 20th Annual Gar Woodand#8217;s Polar Bear Swim in Carnelian Bay, where participants race beyond the end of the restaurantand#8217;s pier and back, approximately 225 yards. Hundreds of spectators are expected gather to watch this race Saturday, March 6, 2:30 p.m. Check-in is 1:30 p.m. and pre-race registration is $30 and $35 day of the event.

Participants fly down a and#8220;bowling laneand#8221; on a snow saucer and take out as many giant, inflatable bowling pins as they can at the Wacky Winter Human Bowling, which takes place Sunday, March 7, 11 a.m., at the Tahoe City Golf Course, which is located behind Bank of America.

The event, sponsored by the Tahoe City Downtown Association, is popular with families, and helmets are required for sledders under 18 years. Both helmets and saucers are available at the event.

Dogs get a workout at the Tahoe City Golf Courseand#8217;s Dog Pull Sunday, March 7 at noon. This classic event has lovable mutts of all sizes pulling empty canisters across the snow in timed heats. Top dogs receive dog tag prizes that they can proudly wear around town. Registration starts at 11 a.m. and entry fee is $20 per dog. Proceeds benefit the Pet Network of Incline Village.

Get your chill on at the 2nd Annual Ta-Hoe Naluand#8217;s Arctic Stand-Up Paddleboard Race, where racers take part in a one-mile stand-up paddle sprint on the icy waters of North Lake Tahoe. Participants must be 18 years or older, and the event takes place Saturday, March 13, 12:30 p.m., at Blue Onion Cafe in Kings Beach.

For more information about SnowFest and a complete list of events, visit the organizationand#8217;s official website at http://www.tahoesnowfestival.com.

For general information about North Lake Tahoeand#8217;s season long events, along with lodging, recreation and the best deals, call North Lake Tahoe at 1 (877) 949-3296 or visit the North Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureausand#8217; website at http://www.GoTahoeNorth.com.

North Lake Tahoe is a 45-minute drive from the Reno Tahoe International Airport, two hours from Sacramento International Airport and just over three hours from San Francisco International Airport. Visitor information centers are located at 380 N. Lake Blvd. in Tahoe City and 969 Tahoe Blvd. in Incline Village.

The North Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureaus, Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitors Bureau and the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, work together to promote North Lake Tahoe as a premier, year-round destination.


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