Breath-taking sunshine complemented a variety of ice sculptures and activities in downtown Rockford on Saturday, January 9, The first annual Ice Festival drew over 7.000 visitors, packing the town. Live ice carving took place from noon to 4 p.m. in front of Reds on the River—the festival’s primary sponsor—and the Carriage House.
Sculptures created by Ice Sculptures LTD of Grand Rapids included a mermaid, snowflake, a computer and keyboard, the Herman’s Boy Gernan mascot, snowman photo booth, a 12-foot horse and carriage, a hockey goalie, leaping trout and more. The sculptures will remain until Mother Nature causes them to melt.
The festival drew comments from Rockford’s City Council. On Monday, January 11 during the regular meeting councilmember Rich Moll offered “applause to the Ice Festival, it was fantastic.”