Hardy Participants Brave Bitter Cold to Play Bobber Bocce on Ice in Pequot Lakes – Pine and Lakes Echo Journal
PEQUOT LAKES – The 15 below zero temperature wasn’t cold enough to put an end to the inaugural Bobber Bocce on Ice event on Sibley Lake in Pequot Lakes.
The freezing cold resulted in a few no-shows, but on Saturday, February 12, the Pequot Lakes Chamber event still drew a crowd.
I thought, let’s take it to Lake Sibley. Where better to have it?
“We have 108 people signed up to play, plus more who might come just to watch,” said Nichole Heinen, director of the Pequot Lakes Chamber, which brought the idea of playing bocce on ice to fruition. “It’s going to be a really fun time.”
Attendees were excited to join the first event of its kind in Pequot Lakes, including a team from the Twin Cities. Natalie Lehnar said she and her friends, including teammate Melissa Peterson, decided to join in when they saw a post on the Pequot Lakes Chamber website. They thought it would be fun after playing pétanque during the summer.
“We’re dabbling,” Lehnar said. “We were playing it camping this summer. We were playing it for fun but never on the ice. We’re excited.”
Others had similar thoughts.
“I play petanque in the summer,” said Joe Davoli. “For sure it’s a bit different coming here with petanque here, so it will be a new experience for sure.”
Heinen said the new event was inspired by a similar event in Longville.
“I thought, let’s take it to Sibley Lake. Where better to get it?” said Heinen.
Some attendees wore jerseys with their team’s name on it, some wore hats, and one group wore elaborate headdress, Viking war paint, and fake beards.
With the success of the event, Heinen thinks it could become a tradition, though she hopes the weather will cooperate better in the future. The cold this year was incompatible with the plan to host a live band on the ice.
“This year we were going to have a band, but because of the cold weather the ropes won’t work,” Heinen said. “We just can’t do it this year. Instead, we’re using (the space) as a heated tent. Next year I want to have a live band here.”
Travis Grimler is a weekly editor for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal in Pequot Lakes/Pine River. He can be reached at 218-855-5853 or [email protected]