Magic of ice festival this weekend in Rockford


World-record sundae contest Saturday

As the New Year unfolds, picturesque downtown Rockford, Michigan will be transformed into a vision of ice, offering winter wonderland fun for folks of all ages and stages.

Just imagine, a gigantic ice cream sundae ice bar serving up tasty treats while competing for a world record; chain saw wielding carvers transforming huge blocks of ice into amazing sculptures; miniature ice golf; interactive ice games; a scavenger hunt throughout the town to locate dozens of sculptures; snow wall art; music and entertainment; hot cocoa and contests; voting for best of show; a throwback Ice Festival Ball dinner dance; bustling shops offering festival fare and fun and thousands of guests discovering the City’s charm and enchantment. Ice Carving Demonstrations –

Ice carving demonstrations take place from noon to 4 p.m. at Red’s On the River Outdoor Deck; from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The Corner Bar and at Herman’s Boy from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Special thanks to Randy Finch and the talented team at Ice Sculptures Ltd for designing and creating the spectacular ice sculptures and interactive ice games.  Randy’s team is internationally known for their amazing work, and they star on the Food Network’s Ice Brigade series.

The third annual Rockford Ice Festival promises to be bigger and better than last year—which is not an easy act to follow. Last year’s festival drew nearly 10,000 and was featured on the Food Network’s Ice Brigade series. The festival takes place Friday Sunday, January 13 through 15.

The world record ice cream sundae contest takes place Saturday, from noon to 2 p.m. in front of the downtown Welcome Center (near the doors of Great Northern Trading Company). Students from the Culinary Institute of Michigan will help prepare and serve the complimentary sundaes, which will extend 250 feet. Don’t forget, the sculptures stay put until Mother Nature does them in, so stop back often to enjoy this winter wonderland art.



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