Plymouth Ice Festival to wow spectators for another year

Downtown Plymouth Michigan will be hosting the 34th annual Plymouth Ice Festival on January 8th, 9th and 10th. The Plymouth Ice Festival has a long-standing history of being the largest free ice festival in Michigan and remains dedicated to the art of ice carving. 
 
This year's event will host the annual Collegiate Ice Carving competition presented by Genysis Credit Union. Student carving competitors will compete in one of two carving competitions. Saturday, January 10th will be the individual contest starting at 9 a.m. Competitors will have 3 hours to carve their masterpieces. On Sunday, January 11th ice-carving competitors will take part in the team competition starting at 8 a.m. Teammates will have to work together to build and sculpt their ice carving. Winners will be announced and receive trophies each day at 1 p.m. 
 
Join the crowds who watch the wildly popular Ford Motor Company Dueling Chainsaws on Saturday, January 9th at 7 p.m. Ice carvers are given 15 minutes, one block and their chainsaws to create some of the most amazing ice carvings.
 
Bring the kids and plenty of film to an all-new attraction at the Plymouth Ice Festival. The Ice Playground presented by Kroger is packed full of interactive ice carvings. There will be plenty of opportunity for pictures while the kids play with the ice. This is simply a "must see" at this year's festival.
 
Start your engines! North American Van Lines, University Moving & Storage and your area Habitat ReStore resale outlet are teaming up with the Plymouth Ice Festival to bring you the Race2ReStock donation event! Visit the University Moving booth in the "Hot Spot" and drop off your gently used household items or schedule a donation pickup. Receive a coupon for extra savings at your local Habitat ReStore! Take a picture with a Richard Petty Motorsports show car and enter to win an RPM VIP XFINITY Race Day Experience for 2! Visit universitymoving.com/icefest for more details!
 
Bring your family to learn how to ski at the Blue Care Network Cross-Country Skiing Zone presented by Sun and Snow. Seasoned professionals will explain the gear, help you get the equipment on and set you off on the cross-country skiing trail in Kellogg Park!
 
Head over to the EG Nicks Party Lot on Forest Avenue for cold beer, drink specials, and live music. The Party Lot has become the place to be for the evening crowd - along with an awesome ice bar where you can enjoy some Svedka Vodka specialties!
 
Other Event Highlights: 
 
Please join us as we officially open the 2016 Plymouth Ice Festival. City of Plymouth commission members will be in attendance to help cut the ribbon on the 2016 event.
 
DFCU Financial Lights the Ice
The Plymouth Ice Festivals Ice Garden becomes even more magical at night, as the ice carvings glow with color. Join DFCU Financial and the Plymouth Ice Festival, each night as they Light The Ice. We will flip the switch during the opening ceremony on January 8th at 7 p.m.
 
Dueling Chainsaws Saturday January 9th 7:00 p.m
Back by popular demand the Dueling chainsaws competition. In this great competition ice carvers are given 15 minutes, one block and their chainsaws to create some of the most amazing ice carvings.
 
Plymouth Community United Way Winter Clothing Drive
The Plymouth Ice Festival and Plymouth Community United Way are joining forces to set the record for the largest amount of winter wear to be collected! Help us fill the bed of a pickup truck with new or handmade hats, gloves, and scarves. Your donation will be given to agencies serving the homeless and low-income individuals. Items can be brought to the United Way booth on Penniman Ave at the Plymouth Ice Festival. New coats, blankets and socks will also be accepted.
 
Interactive Ice Sculptures
Get your picture taken with some of the most amazing ice creations around!  Make sure you see them all! There are a number of opportunities to take a "selfie" with some remarkable and unique ice sculptures!
  
Reyka Vodka presents Fire and Ice
See two basic elements of our world light up the night sky in downtown Plymouth!  Fire and ice are combined to create a dazzling display on Friday, January 9th and Saturday, January 10th that is sure to wow!  Towers are lit at approximately 7:30 p.m. each evening and will burn for approximately 2 hours.
  
The Hot Spot Heated By Ehlers Heating & Air Conditioning
Warm up in style at the Hot Spot, heated by Ehlers Heating and Air Conditioning. Located under The Gathering directly across from Kellogg Park. The Hot spot features local vendors, businesses, product demonstrations, a sitting area to take a load off your feet and (most importantly) lots of heat! The Hot Spot is open during all of the official open hours of the Festival.
 
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