Life-size works of art will come to life Feb. 2 as the 23rd annual Ice Time Festival returns to the downtown and shop owners prepare to clear out winter merchandise.
Event chairman and treasurer of the Chamber of Commerce Kris Soenen said Ice Time is chockfull of activities, encouraging families to enjoy Michigan’s great outdoors. New this year, the Potawatomi Zoo will present a hands-on workshop at Front Street Crossing on animal habits. Weather permitting, local youth can also build an ice castle at Beckwith Park.
Ice Time is pleased to again host a Sled Dog Meet & Greet, featuring a team of huskies and a musher, who will share information about Michigan’s great pastime of sled dog racing.
The sixth-annual Frozen Fish Toss Open Competition, sponsored by The Wounded Minnow, gets under way at 12:30. “It’s fun, free and goofy,” Soenen said. “The number of teams participating keeps growing, as families from Chicago land put Ice Time on their calendar just to come out and have fun with us in the snow, ice or sunshine—what ever the day brings.”
While snow would be a welcome touch to this day-long event, it’s not a prerequisite. The 300-pound ice blocks are trucked in for the carving that gets under way at 8. Auxiliary events are held from one end of the downtown to the other, encouraging families to enjoy the full day, roaming Dowagiac’s beautiful central business district.
Soenen said with deep appreciation we are welcoming back five corporate underwriters, which have made the festival possible. They are: Platinum Level sponsor Lyons Industries; Gold Level sponsors Clark Chapel/Starks Family Funeral Homes & Dowagiac Area Federal Credit Union; and Silver Level sponsors Dowsett Chiropractic Health Center & SEMCO Energy. Brochures are now at press.