***BREAKING NEWS***

SPOONER, WIS-- DrydenWire.com is receiving reports about an Abominable Snowman being spotted in the Washburn County area. Two sources, who have requested anonymity out of fear for their safety from the alleged Abominable Snowman, say they have seen the snowman at Schmitz’s Economart in Spooner. In an unexpected turn of events, sources state the snowman has reportedly brought with him large amounts of ice cream, although DrydenWire.com cannot confirm those claims at this time.  

***UPDATE***

Ted Schmitz, of Schmitz’s Economart, has now gone on the record and confirmed DrydenWire.com’s breaking news report that the Abominable Snowman is, in fact, in Spooner at this time and has no intention of leaving anytime soon.  

“The Abominable Snowman brought great frozen deals to Economart,” Schmitz said. “Cedar Crest Ice Cream is available for just $2.99 [in 48 oz. assorted varieties].” When questioned, the Abominable Snowman stated that he feels misunderstood. “I come in peace and bearing the gift of great deals on delicious ice cream,” he said. He also hopes to improve his public image by making an appearance at a local winter festival in Spooner.

Spooner Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Aaron Arf also confirmed these reports saying that, since the Abominable Snowman is not a threat to public safety, Schmitz’s Economart will now host the Abominable Snowman to help promote the 16th annual Jack Frost Fest coming up on Saturday, Jan. 14, and to further the snowman’s plan to reinvent his “infamous reputation” by encouraging local residents and area visitors to “get outside and enjoy the beautiful Northwest Wisconsin winter wonderland during the many family-friendly events planned for Jack Frost Fest,” he said.

“He’s perched high above the freezer section [at Economart], which we thought was fitting,” Arf said.

Arf also provided DrydenWire.com with the following information:

Spooner Chamber to host frosty fun; Jack Frost Fest is just around the corner

The 16th Annual Jack Frost Fest, presented by the Spooner Area Chamber of Commerce, will take place on Saturday, January 14, 2017, at Spooner City Park. Event planners are bringing back favorites including Jack’s Hockey Tournament, a bonfire with a smore bar, turkey bowling, Fat Bike Demos and more.   New this year will be the Rails on Trails Youth Ski Race and Demo with the Youth race at 11AM for kids (registration from 10:00 – start).  Cost is $5 for ages pre-K through 8th grade and adults are welcome to walk or ski with their kids.  Never skied?  Come try it- skis available to try for kids Pre-K through 4th grade (the skis are smaller – for younger kids)  10AM – noon. For More info:  ben.popp@birkie.com  or Katie Eichten katieeichten@yahoo.com

Jack’s Pond Hockey Tournament will begin at 10:00 a.m. on the ice at Spooner City Park.  Day-of registration starts at 9:00 a.m. or pre-register by calling 715-635-2168 or visiting www.spoonerchamber.org.  The tournament is open to adult men age 18 and older. The entry fee is $100 per team. Every player will receive a promotional gift package from Jack Frost Fest, and the championship game participants will receive Jack Frost Fest jerseys. The winners of the 8th Annual Jack Frost Fest Hockey Tournament will receive $100 in Spooner Chamber Dollars. Referees will be provided.

Jack’s Family Ice Fishing Contest will pack the ice on the Yellow River Flowage across from Tony’s Riverside from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. with contestants searching for the Longest Northern and Longest Pan Fish. Registration will be held the day of the event beginning at 7:30 a.m. The entry fee is $5 per person. Winners will be announced at 12:30 p.m. Prizes are as follows:

Longest Northern

  • 1st Place…..$200 in Spooner Chamber Dollars*
  • 2nd Place….$100 in Spooner Chamber Dollars*
  • 3rd Place…..$50 in Spooner Chamber Dollars*

Longest Pan Fish

  • 1st Place…... $200 in Spooner Chamber Dollars*
  • 2nd Place….. $100 in Spooner Chamber Dollars*
  • 3rd Place…... $50 in Spooner Chamber Dollars*

The Chili & Ribs Cook-Off Contests and World Championship Minnow Races will take place at Big Dick’s Buckhorn located at 105 Walnut Street in Spooner. First, second, and third places prizes for the Cook Off will awarded in three categories: Best Chili, Best Hot Chili, and Best Ribs. Visit www.spoonerchamber.org to print off the entry form and contest rules.

The event will have food, prizes, raffle, music, and official Jack Frost Fest merchandise for contestants and spectators to purchase.  More information is available at www.spoonerchamber.org.


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