Rochester, MI – The Fire & Ice Festival in Rochester, sponsored by Oakland County Credit Union, returns for its 10th year Friday, Jan. 20 – Sunday, Jan. 22 in downtown Rochester.
New this year: The Fire & Ice Committee has produced a 30-second promotional video to build buzz via social media; a Fire & Ice Festival shirt featuring one of the festival’s mascot penguins will be available for purchase; there will be an addition to the ice tree by which festival goers took selfies last year – a flame will be shooting out of the top.
“The Fire & Ice Festival is Oakland County’s premier winter family event which draws tens of thousands of individuals to downtown Rochester,” said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson in a recent press conference. “The best part, admission and events are free.”
Returning for its second year will be the Fire & Ice Festival college ice carving contest on Saturday, Jan. 21. Students from a number of culinary arts programs in Southeast Michigan will carve beautiful sculptures out of blocks of ice in front of festival crowds with the hopes of grabbing top honors. The contest, which is sponsored by McDonald’s, will enable some of the student ice sculptors to practice for the upcoming National Ice Carving Association (NICA) US Collegiate Championships and Pro/Master Revisited Competition in Frankenmuth the last weekend of January.
The Fire & Ice Festival will announce the winner of its second ice carving contest on Saturday evening. Registration for the The Brooksie Way Chill at the Mills 5k race remains open through race day which takes place at the festival Sunday, Jan. 22 at 9:30 a.m. The Chill at the Mills is on pace to host a record of almost 1,000 participants. Shelton Buick GMC is the race sponsor.
To register, go to TheBrooksieWay.com. Rochester Fire & Ice Festival fans will also encounter their favorites including fireworks on Friday and Saturday night sponsored by Hour Detroit and Soave Real Estate Group; the Big, Bright Light Show; the TasteFest & Beer Tent; and dozens of ice sculptures lining Main Street. This year’s Main Street ice sculpture theme is music. Festival goers will also enjoy tube sledding, ice skating, snowshoeing, dog sled rides, cross country skiing, carriage rides, food trucks, face painting, ice carving demonstrations, and more.
Families may once again go home with a new furry best friend. Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center will have a tent at the Fire & Ice Festival to adopt dogs and to renew or purchase dog licenses.
The Rochester Fire & Ice Festival welcomes back musical guest Jennifer Kincer & Friends who will perform live on stage Friday and Saturday night. In addition, the Rochester Fire Department will host spaghetti dinners Friday and Saturday night and a pancake breakfast Sunday morning to support Rochester Area Youth Assistance.
“Our downtown Rochester businesses and residents love the Fire & Ice Festival,” Rochester Mayor Cathy Daldin said. “It is a wonderful opportunity to spotlight our community to individuals from all over Michigan.”
The Fire & Ice Festival runs from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20; 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21; and 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22. Fireworks are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The festival site is at East Water and Third streets in downtown Rochester. Parking is available in downtown Rochester or at Buffalo Wild Wings at 1234 Walton in Rochester. There will be a free shuttle running between the restaurant and the festival. For detailed event schedules and more information, go to Facebook.com/FireAndIceRochester.
The Fire & Ice Festival Committee, Oakland County, Oakland County Parks and Recreation, the City of Rochester and Downtown Rochester would like to thank this year’s presenting sponsor Oakland County Credit Union; major sponsors Hour Media, Soave Enterprises, Rochester Mills Beer Co., the Royal Park Hotel, Shelton Buick GMC, and McDonald’s; and supporting sponsors Buffalo Wild Wings, Byers Wrecker Service, Green Electrical Supply, Tyler Dumas Reyes (TDR) Orthodontics, Heat Treating Services, and Meijer.
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