Rockford Ice Festival

All smiles

January 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

The weather cooperated just in time for Rockford’s third annual Ice Festival. A wet and rainy week turned snowy with some sun for Saturday and Sunday’s event. Visitors had a great time.  

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); • […]

Chips to fly at downtown’s first Ice Festival Saturday

January 7, 2010 // 0 Comments

Derek Maxfield of Ice Sculptures Inc. carves during ArtPrize last summer. Demonstrations, activities all free Another world-class event will be held in downtown Rockford this Saturday, Jan. 9, as the public is invited to enjoy a wintery day of family activities and the chance to see professional ice sculpture in action. The first ever Ice Festival is this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Rockford. Grand Rapids-based Ice Sculptures, LTD will have several professionals on hand with chainsaws, torches, irons and other implements of their profession turning ice into art during live ice-carving demonstrations from noon to 4 p.m. The company has been featured on Ripley’s Believe It or Not, has done work for the Discovery Channel, the Superbowl and the World Series. Those willing to venture out on a winter day in Michigan can see them at work live and free of charge. The live ice carving demonstration will take place on the deck by Reds on the River, but there will be other activities available for the day. “Kids are really fascinated by this,” said Randy Finch, co-founder of the company, who began in the unusual occupation during his work as chef at Cygnus. He said the art is an off-shoot of the culinary field, and he began to concentrate full-time on the sculpting in 1989. Since then he has found plenty of work. “If you have seen an ice sculpture around here, chances are it was ours,” he said. In addition to the live demonstrations of ice carving, the day’s activities include mini golf at Garden Club Park and the chance to view a horse and carriage sculpture in front of the Welcome Center (by Great Northern Trading Company). The 12-foot, 2,000-plus-pound creation is so large it has to be cut into pieces to transport and reassemble on site. Also at Garden Club Park, Great Northern Trading Company and Baskets in the Belfry are sponsoring a snowman photo booth where you can snap a unique shot through the ice snowman. Other contests will be to estimate the demise of the ice sculptures, and guess how many objects are frozen into one of the blocks of ice. Winners will receive prizes, when warmer weather puts an end to the ice […]

News Bits — December 31, 2009

December 31, 2009 // 0 Comments

Reds to host first Ice Festival             Check out amazing ice sculptures, enter contests to win prizes, and watch the ice sculpture experts turn giant blocks of ice into magical pieces of art! You can catch all this on the deck of Reds on the River, downtown Rockford by the dam, on Saturday, Jan. 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with live carving demonstrations from noon until 4 p.m. The festival is sponsored by Reds on the River with support from the City of Rockford, Rockford Chamber of Commerce, Heart of Rockford Business Association and other area businesses. Wolverine World Wide declares quarterly dividend The Directors of Wolverine World Wide Inc. (NYSE: WWW) have declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.11 per share of common stock. The dividend is payable on February 1, 2010, to stockholders of record on January 4, 2010. The dividend is equal to the last quarterly dividend and reflects an indicated annual dividend of $0.44 per share. With a commitment to service and product excellence, Wolverine World Wide Inc. is one of the world’s leading marketers of branded casual, active lifestyle, work, outdoor sport and uniform footwear and apparel. The company’s portfolio of highly recognized brands includes: Bates, Chaco, Cushe, Hush Puppies, HYTEST, Merrell, Sebago and Wolverine. The company also is the exclusive footwear licensee of popular brands including CAT, Harley-Davidson and Patagonia. The company’s products are carried by leading retailers in the U.S. and globally in 180 countries and territories. For additional information, please visit their website at