FEBRUARY 6, 2021

Countdown to KIF 2021!









The Knickerbocker Ice Festival is a community event named after a company that harvested ice from Rock Lake in the early 1900’s. Each February, the Lake Mills Main Street Program hosts a weekend full of indoor and outdoor events to connect Lake Mills with that icy past. Come enjoy activities for the whole family throughout Lake Mills and out on frozen Rock Lake!

COVID-19 UPDATES & CONSIDERATIONS: Due to the on-going pandemic, the Knickerbocker Ice Festival WILL continue in 2021 but in a safety-conscious and reduced capacity. Planned activities will focus on things that can be enjoyed in small, family-groups or as an individual, most of which will be outdoors.
Stay tuned for more information!


Click below to find more details on each Knickerbocker Ice Festival activity! When available, links to sign up or registration forms are available.

Snowman Making Contest

TIME: January 1 to February 1, 2021

LOCATION: Lake Mills (City & Town)

COST: Free

INFO: Create a snowman for all to see; prizes awarded! Or tour around with your immediate family and see what your neighbors create. Either way, winter fun!

RULES/FORMS: Registration & Rules

SPONSORS: Lake Mills Main Street Program

Annual 50/50 Cash Raffle

50/50 Cash Raffle

TIME: Tickets will be on sale from Friday, January 15 through Saturday, February 6, 2021, at various businesses and on the street. The drawing will be held, outdoors, at Tyranena Brewing Company (1025 Owen Street) at 2:30 pm on Sunday, February 7.

LOCATION: Purchase tickets at the Lake Mills Main Street Program office or at these local businesses: Countryside Jewelry, Dog & Shrub Distillery, The Grist, The Hub, Lake Mills Recreation Department, Lewis Station Winery, Pyramid Event Venue, Rubbish Restyled, Sportsman’s Pub, TT’s Time Out, Tyler Speth Agency American Family Insurance or Tyranena Brewing Company.

COST: $5 each or 5 for $20

INFO: The winning ticket number will be posted at online and the drawing will be shown, LIVE, at facebook.com/legendarylakemills. Need not be present to win!


SPONSORS: Lake Mills Main Street Program & Dog Guard of Wisconsin

Free One-Day Snowshoe Rentals

TIME: Monday, 2/1/21 thru Monday, 2/8/21

LOCATION: 120 E. Lake Park Place

COST: Free

INFO: To help celebrate the annual Knickerbocker Ice Festival, the Lake Mills Recreation Department and the Lake Mills Wellness Coalition will be offering FREE 1 Day Snowshoe Sentals during the week of February 1st through February 8th.  Just stop by our office (120 E. Lake Park Place) during business hours (8:00 am – 4:30 pm), place a $50 security deposit and go exploring!  Be sure to hike one of the many Jefferson County or City of Lake Mills parks.  All snowshoes rentals are available for checkout between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, returns are due 24 hours from the time of rent.


SPONSORS: Lake Mills Wellness Coalition & Lake Mills Recreation Department

Downtown Retail Specials

TIME: Knickerbocker Weekend!


Live Ice Carvings

TIME: Saturday, 2/6/21 – Carving begins at 9 am

LOCATIONS: Downtown Lake Mills; Lake, Main & Madison Streets

COST: Free

INFO: Watch talented ice carvers chisel huge blocks of ice into great designs in front of many local businesses; all over downtown!


SPONSORS: Sculptures will be in front of each business location unless otherwise noted. American Family Insurance – Tyler Speth Agency, Badger Truck (sculpture at 203 N Main), Bank of Lake Mills, Countryside Jewelry, CV Hair Company, Dog Guard of Wisconsin, Doyle’s Dogs Downtown & The Corner Mercantile, Greenwood’s State Bank (sculpture in front of L.D. Fargo Library), The Hub Cafe & Pub, Jefferson Veterinary Clinic (sculpture near the corner of Main & Madison), Laura’s Real Estate Group, Lewis Station Winery, Neuberger, Griggs, Sweet & Froehle, LLP / Edward Jones, Pyramid Event Venue, RE/MAX Community Realty, Sportsman’s Pub on the Park, TT’s Timeout and Wallflower Market.

Korth Park Family Scavenger Hunt

TIME: Saturday, 2/6/21 & Sunday, 2/7/21, during park hours.

LOCATION: Korth County Park, W8390 Korth Lane

COST: Free

INFO: Explore the natural beauty and the fun of Knickerbocker weekend out at Korth Park Saturday February 6th and Sunday February 7th from sun up to sun down.  The Lake Mills Recreation Department, Lake Mills Wellness Coalition and Jefferson County Parks teamed up to create a fun family scavenger hunt throughout trails of Korth Park.  To participate just take a picture of one of our posters, find the listed items and enjoy nature!  Scavenger hunt posters will be posted on the kiosk at both Elm Point and the main parking lots.  Don’t forget to bring your skies, snowshoes or sleds while you are at it!   


SPONSORS: Lake Mills Recreation Department, Lake Mills Wellness Coalition & Jefferson County Parks Department

Optimist Ice Skating Party

TIME: Saturday, 2/6/21, 11 am to 2 pm

LOCATION: Commons Park, 100 N Main Street

COST: Free

INFO: Skate in our picturesque Commons Park! The Lake Mills Optimists and Junior Optimists invite families of the Lake Mills Community to the Optimists’ Annual Ice Skating Party in Commons Park! Children should bring their ice skates (or boots) to join in the fun & games. Challenge prizes and light refreshments will be provided. Masks are encouraged, social-distancing should be respected. The number of individuals on the ice will be monitored. We look forward to seeing you at the rink!

Doyle’s Dogs will be handing out a ticket for a free hot dog to children participating in the Skating Party, redeemable at Doyle’s downtown location.


SPONSORS: The Optimist Club & Doyle’s Dogs

Free Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides

TIME: Saturday, 2/6/21 – 11 am to 1 pm

LOCATION: Pickup & Drop Off at the Commons Pavilion on E Lake Street

COST: Free

INFO: Enjoy a ride through beautiful downtown Lake Mills; see all the Knickerbocker activities!


SPONSORS: Doyle’s Dogs & The Corner Mercantile

2nd Annual Chilly Chili Warm-up

TIME: Saturday, 2/6/21 – 11 am to 2 pm (or until sold out)

LOCATION: American Legion, 129 S Main St

COST: $3 per bowl or 2 bowls for $5.

INFO: Warm up on a cold Knickerbocker day with hot chili from the Sons of the American Legion. Chili is available for dine-in (masks/face coverings required upon entry into the Legion) OR curbside to-go! Inside the Legion hall, tables will be spaced appropriately. If you’d like to order to-go for curbside delivery, call or text Mike at 910-973-1177 to place your order. All purchases are cash only. Proceeds benefit area veterans!


SPONSORS: Sons of the American Legion, Post 67

Ice Wine Release

TIME: 2/6/21, 12 to 8 pm

LOCATION: Lewis Station Winery, 217 N Main Street (also available at Stable Rock Winery & Distillery in Jefferson)

COST: Retail, $25 per bottle

INFO: The Knickerbocker Ice Wine… The Redberry characteristics of this Cabernet Franc grape translates into an ice wine full of fresh strawberry aromas and flavors. The light color comes from the gentle pressing of the grapes with the juice having very little contact with the grape skin. This wine is released in February of every year during the Knickerbocker ice festival.

RULES/FORMS: None, check out their Facebook event for more information!

SPONSORS: Lewis Station Winery

Fat Bike Fun Ride

TIME: Saturday, 2/6/21 – Begins at 1 pm

LOCATION: Leaves from The Hub Cafe & Sport, 128 E Madison Street

COST: Free

INFO: Bring your fat tire bike and journey across the frozen lake!

RULES/FORMS: Check out the Facebook Page for this event!

SPONSORS: The Hub Cafe & Sport

Brought to you by the Lake Mills Main Street Program