3rd Annual Rockford Ice Festival

3rd Annual Rockford Ice Festival set for January 13-15

December 22, 2011 // 0 Comments

Event organizers plan full weekend of family fun What does a mini Mackinaw Bridge that lights up, an old-fashioned water wheel, a giant ice beaver, a momma polar bear and her cubs, ice cream sundaes, dancing and entertainment, chainsaws, nail polish, animated movie characters, and World Records have in common? ICE—as in the 3rd Annual Rockford Ice Festival, to be held January 13-15, 2012. As the New Year unfolds, picturesque downtown Rockford 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… chainsaw-wielding ice 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… ice skating… a food drive… music and entertainment… hot cocoa and contests… voting for best of show… a throwback Ice Festival Ball… bustling shops offering festival fare and fun… and thousands of guests discovering downtown Rockford’s Norman Rockwell-like charm and enchantment. The 3rd Annual Rockford Ice Festival promises to be bigger and better than last year, which is not an easy act to follow. Randy Finch and his team from www.icegurus.com (stars of the Food Network’s “Ice Brigade” series) are on board for carving demonstrations, as well as pre-carving the scavenger hunt and showstopper ice sculptures. Area culinary students also will showcase their ice-carving talents. Meredith Gremel, event manager, noted, “We are thrilled to have the support of the Rockford businesses to make this free, family fun event possible. So often we find ourselves telling family and friends, ‘Let’s get together after the holidays.’ Well, here’s the perfect opportunity to do so, whether friends live across town or across state. We love showcasing Rockford—its wonderful shopping and dining district, school system, City and Chamber services, natural beauty and outdoor activities along the Rogue River, and most of all, the great people who live here and volunteer throughout the year to make our community extra special.” Festive features include: • Friday, Jan. 13—Inaugural Ice Festival Ball—a ticketed event to benefit the Rockford Area Arts Commission, to be held at Blythefield Country Club. The event includes […]