Greater Muskegon Jaycees pull off another Snowfest



By Cynthia Price

It is fairly safe to say that no one in the current Greater Muskegon Jaycees remembers the first Snowfest held 34 years ago, when the oldest of them would have been 6.

Although Jaycees (which is taken from Junior Chamber of Commerce) have a quaint custom of allowing people over the age of 40 to continue being involved while calling them “Exhausted Roosters,” one of the main points of Jaycees is to allow younger up-and-comers to gain experience in running civic and community events.

What used to be about half a week of different types of events has now been packed into one Saturday, which this year was Feb. 2. The group keeps subtracting and then adding events so it is rarely the same. This year, there was a new 80s-themed party, with lots of big hair, held at Racquets downtown.

But the Battle of the Bowls, now featuring chili and soup (used to be just chili) continues on. Organizers were very pleased because the venue was packed. Lori Whitwam and Courtney Dewitt from SE4SONS won this year, as the restaurant did last year.

Starting in 2018, a Battle of the Bloodies (or as the Jaycees say, a bloody battle) features variations on Bloody Mary drinks. This year’s winner was Skeetown Tavern.

There are also volleyball and cornhole tournaments, raffles, and a lot of miscellaneous fun. Follow the Jaycees  at or on Facebook. Next up? The St. Patrick’s Day Parade.