This weekend is the Annual Ice Festival & Chili Cookoff! And NEW this year is the addition of a Friday evening Icy & Spicy Wing Competition! Plan to bundle up and get out of the house for some cool family fun!
Here’s the official schedule:
Fri. January 19th
10am: Ice Carvers begin creating their designs for the Saturday competition. Walk the downtown and enjoy the evolution from ice block to art. Ice carvings will also be created in front of Yoder’s Shipshewana Hardware, the Shipshewana Visitor’s Center, Farmstead Inn, and eight more businesses along State Rd. 5. Try to see them all!
4pm: The Icy & Spicy Wing Competition begins at Smokehouse Grills & Supply on Morton St. $10 for 8 chicken wings or an Ice Festival Pin lets you sample all the different sauces, and cast your vote, but come early! When the wings and sauces are gone, that’s it!
7pm: The contest ends and a winner is declared!
(Davis Mercantile and the Harrison St. Shops will be staying open until 8pm on Friday night.)
Sat. January 20th
11am: The Chili Cook-off begins at Smokehouse Grills & Supply on Morton St. $10 or an Ice Festival Pin lets you sample all of the various chilis, and cast your vote, but come early! When the chilis are gone, the competition and tasting are done!
4pm: The Ice Carving Competition ends and the winners are named at the Davis Mercantile parking area.
Buy an Ice Festival Pin for $15
This gets you the Hot Wing Sauce Competition Tasting, the Chili Cook-Off Tasting… PLUS access to over 35 store specials valued at $200. Deals are valid throughout January 2024.
Pins can be purchased at the following Shipshewana locations:
- Kitchen Cupboard located at the Davis Mercantile, 225 N Harrison St.
- Kid’s Kreations, 150 N. Harrison St.
- Shipshewana CVB, 350 S Van Buren St. (Exact cash only, please -no cards.)
Make sure you use your Ice Festival Pin to get Deals & Discounts throughout the entire month of January!
Do you know the history of the Ice Festival Pin? Or how this year’s design was chosen? Find out more here: