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The Food Network to film at Rockford Ice Festival

January 6, 2011 // 0 Comments

Grand Rapids has had its share of Hollywood stars in town filming big screen movies, thanks in large part to Michigan’s tax credits for the film industry. Now, the spotlight will shine on Rockford, thanks to the Food Network and a new series they are shooting with Grand Rapids-based Ice Sculptures LTD. Earlier this year, Ice Sculptures LTD caught the attention of the Food Network by creating a full-size pool table, cue sticks, and balls made out of ice—which you could actually play without breaking; no pun intended—for Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Ice Sculptures LTD owners Randy Finch and Derek Maxfield also have an impressive resume, having created ice sculptures for the White House, the Super Bowl, and Hollywood, just to drop a few names. They are the featured ice carvers for Rockford’s Second Annual Ice Festival, to be held in downtown Rockford on Saturday, Jan. 8, from noon to 4 p.m. Ice carving is a discipline of the culinary arts, hence the connection to the Food Network. The upcoming series, “Ice Brigade,” will begin airing in April. More than 30 producers and support staff have been in Grand Rapids and points beyond filming Ice Sculptures LTD in action. For the Rockford Ice Festival, Finch, Maxfield and team are creating a very special sculpture for the ninth hole of the ice miniature golf course. The hole is being sponsored by the City of Rockford’s Downtown Development Authority. While the exact structure will remain a surprise until Saturday, it has been engineered with the help of Ferris State University and is a Rube Goldberg-type invention. The miniature golf hole will have all kinds of interactive parts, and will be the focus of the Food Network festival filming. Rockford High School media students also will have the opportunity to work with the Food Network producers, assisting with filming-related activities and securing releases for visitors who may appear on television. Members of the school’s Youth Initiative Community Service Club also will be volunteering throughout the festival. Other festival activities include: • a four-hour carving demonstration on Reds’ deck—think Captain of the Seven Seas; • showstopper sculptures in front of the Welcome Center (sponsored by the City of Rockford) and Promenade South building (sponsored by Trendwell Energy); • […]

Annual Ice Festival to be held downtown Rockford January 8

December 30, 2010 // 0 Comments

What happens when chainsaw-wielding craftsmen meet giant blocks of ice? Simply magic. And you can get in on the action, Saturday, Jan. 8, from noon to 4 p.m. downtown Rockford. The 2010 festival drew over 6,000 guests, and event planners are working hard to make the second annual bigger, better and packed with free family fun. The festival is being sponsored by area businesses in partnership with the City of Rockford. Grand Rapids-based Ice Sculptures LTD will be providing the ice-carving talent. Festival activities will include: a giant show-stopping sculpture sponsored by the City and placed in front of the Welcome Center on Squires Street Square; carving demonstrations on the deck of Reds on the River and in front of the Corner Bar; nine holes of miniature golf with each ice hole sponsored by an area business, expanded from three holes last year—and the Food Network will be at the festival filming! New this year: a scavenger hunt throughout downtown encourages participants to find all the ice sculptures and a win prizes. Other new activities this year include: voting for best sculpture and golf hole in the heated pavilion; a best photo contest with uploads to Facebook; an ice sports wall for interactive games; and free hot cocoa in the Pavilion, provided by the Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA. Music and entertainment at the dam will be provided by the Rockford Area Arts Council. Area businesses will be offering festival fun and shopping and dining deals. And there will be contests and enter-to-win prizes for Guess the Melt Date and number of objects hidden in ice sculptures. What better way to enjoy the Michigan winter than to meander along the Rogue River in downtown Rockford and check out the ice-carving demonstrations, try your hand at a little miniature golf, and let your imagination run wild? Plus, the sculptures will remain on exhibit until Mother Nature does away with them—and if you can predict the date, you may just win some fabulous prizes! For additional information on the Ice Festival, check out The Ice Festival is free, compliments of many sponsors, including: • Show Stopper Sculptures—Welcome Center: @The City of Rockford (, Promenade: Trendwell Energy ( • Four-hour carving demonstration (12-4 p.m./Reds deck): Reds on […]

City sparkles during first ice festival

January 14, 2010 // 0 Comments

  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.”