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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); • […]