Before ThunderBoss Bar & Grill in Green Lake was a twinkle in an eye, owners Chris Barbin and Lori Csaszar knew they wanted to create ThunderFest.

   “I’ve been on this project [planning ThunderFest] since November before we opened up the doors of ThunderBoss,” ThunderBoss head chef Trent Hazelberg said. “Even back then, when I first met Chris and Lori, they were talking like, ‘We want to do Winter Fest,’ and that was even a conversation before ‘What’s on the menu?’”

   After Winter Fest, a popular winter festival in Green Lake, ended in 2008, Barbin and Csaszar “noticed a vacancy,” Hazelberg said. “[They] heard glory days stories of Winter Fest ... and the amount of people that use to come to Green Lake ... So 11 years later, here we are trying to reignite the flame and getting people outside and excited to be outside.”

   A few months after opening its doors in June, ThunderBoss announced in August with save-the-date posters its intention to recreate Green Lake’s winter fun with ThunderFest.

   The winter festival thundering into Green Lake Saturday will offer a host of activities from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., with events ranging from a hockey tournament to a fishing clinic to live music.

   As the ThunderBoss organizers prepared for the festival, one event that they had to include for this to be a true winter festival was a fisheree, Hazelberg noted.

   Read the full story, including event details regarding activities during the festival, in the Feb. 21, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.