Mark and Debra Olufson found the Feb Fest medallion last year.

Chanhassen’s 28th annual February Festival (Feb Fest) runs 12 a.m. Monday, Feb. 1 through 11:59 Saturday, Feb. 6

The popular fishing contest will take place in an on-your-own format this year, according to the city of Chanhassen, with participants being allowed to fish any lake in Carver County. Eligible fish species are northern, sunfish, crappie, walleye, and perch, and fish must be alive to be eligible.

Fish entries will be submitted via e-mail to, and over $4,500 in prizes will be awarded to the top 50 fish, measured by length in inches. (Note: How the prizes will be awarded has changed since an earlier Feb Fest story.)

Tickets are $10 per person, and can be purchased online at The event is sponsored by T-Mobile.


The annual Feb Fest Medallion Hunt will also take place the week of Feb. 1. The medallion will be hidden in a Chanhassen City-owned park, with searching occurring from 6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.

The winner of the medallion hunt will receive a prize basket, valued at over $500 and sponsored by Charter Bank in Chanhassen.

Clues to the hunt will be posted at 9 a.m. on weekdays beginning Feb. 1 at, and on the front door of Charter Bank at 455 Pond Promenade in Chanhassen.

For more information on both events, and to register for the fishing contest, visit or call 952-227-1100.

Community Editor

Mark Olson, the Chaska and Chanhassen community editor who has worked in Carver County for 20 years, makes any excuse to write about local history. In his spare time, Mark enjoys perusing old books, watching blockbusters and taking Midwest road trips.