PLYMOUTH (WWJ) – The Plymouth Ice Festival has returned to downtown Plymouth this weekend, Jan. 21 and 22, to celebrate the big “Three-O.”
More than 100,000 people braved some of the coldest days of the year to visit the widely popular winter event in 2011. And festival organizers are hoping to draw an even bigger crowd for their thirtieth anniversary by displaying more ice sculptures than ever before, as well as new and upgraded on-site activities.
The 30th Annual Plymouth Ice Festival at Kellogg Park is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
The Dueling Chainsaws Speed Carving Extravaganza is back by popular demand with more sculptors, more speed, more ice and more action. The show will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Family activities are scattered throughout, including ice-carving demonstrations in the newly expanded “Hot Spot” warming tent, a petting farm, and a lineup of wintertime sports and product demonstrations.
For the older kids – 21 and up – the “Party Lot” returns to its location behind E.G. Nicks. The tent will offer beer, food, live music and giveaways for adults from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Saturday.
The Ice Throne is available again for photo opportunities for the duration of the weekend. The elaborate Fire & Ice tower is back for 2012 as well – except this time, there will be one ignited each evening.
Culinary art students from local colleges will face off in the annual ice-carving contest with individuals competing on Saturday and teams on Sunday.
And, of course, there will be more ice carvings and sculptures displayed throughout downtown Plymouth than ever before — over 100. Sculptures will be on display 24 hours a day for the duration of the weekend.
Admission to the Plymouth Ice Festival is free. For a complete listing of festival activities and information, visit www.plymouthicefestival.com.