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9th Annual Shipshewana Ice Festival

9th Annual Shipshewana Ice Festival

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2016 Shipshewana Ice Festival planned for December 27th & 28th

Shipshewana is here to prove that winter can be fun!  Don your hats, scarves and gloves and join the festivities in Shipshewana.  Shipshewana will be hosting their Annual Ice Festival on December 27th & 28th.  The art of ice carving is not just for the kitchen, but has moved to the sidewalks and streets of Shipshewana.   Professional teams of carvers will begin creating themed sculptures on December 27th from 10am-6pm at businesses throughout town.   The carvers use a variety of tools including chisels, handsaws, chainsaws and even a little bit of fire to create frozen works of art from solid blocks of ice.    “This is our 9th year for the event, and we strive to bring new things to this event each year.   This year we have 22,000 lbs of ice sold to date, and hope to bump that up to 23,000 lbs of ice prior to the event, which will make for some pretty incredible ice sculptures.   I am always amazed at the intricate detail of some of these sculptures.   These carvers are like magicians.  I encourage people to come to Shipshewana to experience this for themselves, because words can’t describe how blocks of ice can be transformed into something so breathtaking. ” says event organizer Levi King.

On December 28th the Wolfe Building, 345 North Morton St. parking lot  is the location for the ice carving competition (10am to 1pm)and the 2016 Chili Cook-off (10am to 3pm).   The Ice Carvers love this ice carving competition.   They create their own design or sculpture out of larger pieces of ice   Cash awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be awarded upon completion of the competition.  While enjoying the carving competition, the public is invited to stop in at the 8th Annual Chili Cook-Off located in the Wolfe Building, for all-you-can-eat chili, and the opportunity to vote for your favorite chili. The winner of the Chili Cook-Off is determined by people’s choice.   Trophies, cash awards, gifts and bragging rights are the incentive for the Chili Cook-Off participants.  Visitors can purchase a collector’s pin, designed each year by a Westview High School student, which entitles the holder to FREE admission to the Chili Cook-off for all you can eat chili and discounts throughout town for the entire month of January 2017.    Without the pin, the entrance fee to the Chili Cook-Off is $5.00 per person for all- you- care- to- eat chili.   For more information about the Shipshewana Ice Festival visit Shipshewana Retail Merchant’s Associate or call 260-768-7589.

Pins are available at:  Head over Heels, Lotions & Potions , Kitchen Cupboard, JoJo’s Pretzels, J. Farver’s Christian Book Store, Yoder’s Shipshewana Hardware, Red Wagon, as well as the Visitor’s Center.   (Pins will be available at the Chili Cook-off on December 28th)

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