“The weather went from 45 degrees and rainy to snowy with some sun during Saturday and Sunday,” commented Meredith Gremel, organizer for the third annual Ice Festival in downtown Rockford Saturday and Sunday, January 13 and 14. In addition to ice sculptures, games, contests, ice carving demonstrations, a ice cream sundae effort to break the world record was a delicious success, reaching over 350 feet. Thousands of visitors enjoyed the chilly, but beautiful downtown festivities. Gremel notes that the sculptures remain until Mother Nature removes them and last year one resisted melting away until April, so there is plenty of time to still experience their beauty—unless the weather changes again.
Photos by TOM SCOTT