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Alpena Ice Festival

February 12 @ 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

With the leadership of Thunder Bay Arts, the Comstock Fund of First Congregational UCC, Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union, SOME-CPA, Shaun Michael Osborne, City of Alpena DDA and Alpena Fire Department, an Alpena ICE Fest hearkens back to festivals of the past. It promises to be a great family fun day with ice and sculptures, fire and a variety of activities for kids, adults and the family.
The event begins at Mich-e-ke-wis Park with ice sculptures on display by Ice Creations of Napoleon, Ohio, a huge bonfire by Alpena Fire Department, demonstrations, food and fun, ice and snow-related activities.
In conjunction, the Alpena Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is hosting FIRE & ICE activities downtown, including a prelude to Restaurant Week. Ice sculptures, a fire bowl, music, expanded hours and specialty drinks and food will be available at participating restaurants throughout the day and into the evening.
ALPENA ICE Fest – Program (Free and Open to the public – come join the fun in the heart of winter!)
9:00 am-3:00 pm: Mich-e-ke-wis Park (Alpena Ice Fest – Family Fun Day)
9:00 am-1:00 pm: Farmers Market (expanded hours and additional vendors)
Music by Thunder Bay Folk Society
9:00 am-12:00 pm: Amateur Snowman Building Contest (for kids, families, friends). Awards for largest, most creative and school spirit.
10:00-11:00 am: Dueling ice sculptors – Ice Creations of Napoleon, Ohio.
Several other sculptures will be on display throughout the day, including a featured sculpture by local sculptor Autumn Bildson and local restaurateur, Jimmy Chen
11:00 am-3:00 pm: Amateur snowshoe and cross-country ski races (grab your shoes or skis and make a run for it!)
Thunder Bay Trails Association will have skis and boots available. Contests will be organized on the half hour.
12:00-3:00 pm: Huge bonfire – huddle around the fire courtesy of our very own City of Alpena Fire Department!
1,000 free Smores (prepackage and ready to eat), courtesy of Thunder Bay Arts 50th
12:00-2:00 pm: Horse and wagon rides courtesy of Dan Kirchner
1:00-2:00 pm: Amateur fat tire bike races – BYOB and show us how it’s done!
1:00-2:00 pm: Siberian Husky sled dogs – “Gone to the Snow Dogs” courtesy of Jessica Hatch
Plus…all day long from 9:00-3:00 pm:
• Fat Freddies Food Truck—featuring TONY BURGERS and much more
• Snow sledding – bring your sled and go for it!
• Ice Bowling – Knock ‘em down
• Ice Frame for Selfies @ the ALPENA Letters Sculpture—courtesy of the Alpena Convention & Visitors Bureau
• 4-H activity, outdoor children’s crafts at various intervals throughout the day and more…
5:00 – 9:00 – Fire & Ice Downtown (A Winter Prelude to Restaurant Week)
• Fire Bowl and Ice Throne at Culligan Plaza—courtesy of the Alpena Convention & Visitors Bureau and Alpena Downtown Development Authority
• ICE Sculptures throughout downtown – sponsored by local businesses
• Expanded store hours (until 7:00 PM) with specials
• Music and themed Fire & Ice cocktails throughout
• Restaurant specials – more details to come


February 12
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Mich-e-ke-wis Park
1302 S State Ave
Alpena, MI 49707 United States
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(989) 354-1720
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