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Magical Ice Fest begins in St. Joseph, Michigan

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Still deciding on your weekend plans?

Here's a suggestion... The Magical Ice Fest in Saint Joe, Michigan.

This is the 9th year for the event.

Carvers from around the world will be sculpting ice creations throughout the downtown area.

It's certainly a lot of fun but it's a competition too!

"We get some really wonderful carvers. We are a certified event so they get to obtain points by being here," said Executive Director of St. Joseph Today. "And because of that we get some great talented carvers. And actually the carver we had this morning was a world champion."

The following are a list of scheduled events:

Ice Competitions - All Weekend

Street Competition, Feb. 8, 4 p.m. Watch carvers create frozen art until dusk.

Professional Ice Carving Competitions, Feb. 9, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Feb. 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors can observe carvers in action or come mid-afternoon through evening each day to photograph their favorite finished masterpieces.

Ice Wars! New this year, onlookers can cheer for carvers as they compete in 15-minute duels on Feb. 9 from 4 to 6 p.m. The Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council is the event sponsor.

 Fire & Ice Reception - Feb. 8, 8 p.m. to midnight

Shadowland Ballroom at Silver Beach Center, 333 Broad Street, will host this kick-off event for adults, 18 years or older. The evening features music and dancing with the Sprague Brothers, performances by Fire Dancers, cash bar and martini ice luge. $10 cover; free admission for ladies until 9 p.m.

 

Budweiser's Black Crown Block Party - All Weekend

Bud Distributing will work with participating downtown restaurants to feature drink specials all weekend. Feb. 8, 6 to 9 p.m., local radio stars Zack East and Robin VanDyke, will make party appearances at each of the stops. Visit magicalicefest.com for details.

 SnowBiz Scavenger Hunt - All Weekend

Visitors are encouraged to stop by the St. Joseph Today Welcome Center, 421 State Street, Friday through Sunday, and pick up a copy of the scavenger hunt directions. Contestants will search for logo ice sculptures around town and enter a drawing for a prize package.

 Magic Shows - Feb. 9

Magician John Dudley will amaze all ages at several downtown locations Feb. 9, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit the St. Joseph Today Welcome Center or check out magicalicefest.com for a list of show times and places.

 Winery, Art and Chocolate Festival - Feb. 9

Silver Beach Hotel, 100 Main St., will provide a romantic evening, Feb. 9 from 4 to 9 p.m. Ten area wineries and several chocolatiers will offer tastings. Live entertainment and showings by area artists and jewelry designers will enhance the evening. Tickets are $10 for adults (21 years and older) and $5 for children and non-drinkers. The hotel will also offer special room rates for families during the festival weekend. Go to www.stjoesilverbeachhotel.com for details.

 Waikiki Weekend - Feb. 8-10

Silver Beach Carousel, 333 Broad St., will turn its carousel house into a tropical paradise. Visitors will receive aloha greetings as they enjoy hula dancer demonstrations, ride the decorated carousel figures to surfing music and enjoy treats. A list of activities and times are at www.silverbeachcarousel.com.

 

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