Welcome to the 13th Anniversary of IceFest in downtown Chambersburg presented to you by M&T Bank

IceFest originated in 2002 to help shake the mid-winter blues that fall upon us. A large group of volunteers came together to bring displays and other activities to get us out of our houses and into our local community. Over the years, the committee has grown, the events have grown and the crowds have grown.

Thanks to M&T Bank’s sponsorship (their seventh consecutive year!), local business and community support and coordination by the Borough, Downtown Chambersburg, Inc., Council for the Arts, Downtown Business Council and IceFest Committee members, IceFest has evolved to one of the largest outdoor ice festivals in Pennsylvania.

Celebrate IceFest!  Pull out your favorite scarf and mittens, bundle the kids up and be sure to grab your camera;  you won’t want to miss the faces of those that sit upon the giant ice throne for the first time or stand beside their favorite sculpture.  You can also catch a glimpse of the carvers from DiMartino Ice sculpting right in front of your eyes!  Skilled in their art form, these carvers have trained for many years and can turn a plain block of ice into just about anything. It’s amazing to watch.  Live carving is Thursday and Friday night!

Events are scheduled throughout the four-day festival and include, but are not limited to, the official ribbon-cutting ceremony (featuring the IceFest cake-cutting; public welcome),  live carvings, ballroom dancing at the Snowfall Ball, chili tasting at the Chili Cook-off, dunking at the Polar Dunk Plunge,   cake viewing and tasting at Icing on the Cake,  slipping and sliding down the FREE  ice slide, and searching for the  scavenger hunt.  Of course there are many more events, so be sure to check out our schedule of events.

 

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Icefest Activities

Snowfall ball

When: Friday, January 30th

Where: Central Presbyterian Church, 40 Lincoln Way West
Cost: $10 a person

Details:

5:30 p.m.  Doors open
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Fox Trot Dance workshop with Frank Hancock
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Ballroom Dance
8:30 p.m. Showcase Dance: Dancing Through the Ages

The 6th Annual Snowfall Ball will begin with a Dance Workshop by popular local Dance Instructor Frank Hancock.  The Workshop will feature The Fox Trot.  There will be an open Ballroom Dance from 7pm – 10 pm.  At 8:30 p.m. there will be a showcase dance: Dancing Through the Ages with Frank Hancock’s High School Dance Students.  They will demonstrate The Charleston, Swing, Mambo (Switch Dance), and the Cha-Cha.  Don’t miss this sell out event!  Tickets are available at the door.

Frank and Maureen Hancock have been teaching ballroom dancing in Central Pennsylvania for more than 15 years. In that timeframe they have taught over 11,000 students how to dance. Frank and Maureen presently teach at Shippensburg University, Dickinson College, the US Army War College, Iron Forge Elementary School in Boiling Springs, the Dillsburg American Legion, and St Johns Church in Chambersburg.

For sponsorship information, please contact Robin Harmon at rharmon@chambersburg.org or 717-264-7101 x205

Chili Cookoff

When: Saturday January 31st, 2015  11am – 2pm
Where: Under the Big HEATED Tent at North Square Market Parking Lot on North Main St, just North of the former “Lighten Up Chambersburg” building
Cost: $5 a person to enter the tent.
Chili Entry Form: 2015 Chili Cook Off Cooker Flyer

Details:  Don’t miss the 12th Annual Chili Cook-Off Presented by Dr. Paul Orange.  Both amateur and professional cookers vie for cash prizes and the title of the BEST CHILI in the region.  There will be live music sponsored by The Chambersburg Club.

Registered Cookers to date:

And are you tough enough to enter the annual hot pepper eating contest?  Sponsored by Senator Richard Alloway II, whoever eats the most pepper will also walk away with $100.  Registration is available at the event.

New in 2015 – Everyone purchasing an entry to the Chili cook-off will receive 1 vote for the 2015 People’s Choice Award.

For more information on sponsoring or participating in the Annual Chili Cook-Off contact Robin Harmon at rharmon@chambersburg.org or 717-264-7101 x205.

Double-Wide Ice Slide

When: Thu-Fri 5pm-8pm
Sat 10am-8pm
Sun noon-4pm
Where: Old Capitol Theatre Parking Lot (next to Gartenberg Jewelers)
Cost: Free!

Details:   Take a ride on the LED lighted double-wide ice slide.  There are two lanes, so you can race your friends!

Icing on the cake

When: Saturday, January 31st
Where: TBD

Our Annual Icing on the Cake event will be held on the Saturday during Ice Fest.  Contestants who enter to have their cakes judged by a professional judge.  Three categories to enter are: Professionals, Amateur, Students.  More details to come!

Call the Council for more Information 717-264-6883 or go to their website for past winners!  www.councilforthearts.net

FREE CAKE:  After the winner is decided, come join us for FREE CAKE (open to public!)

More details to come!

Scavenger hunt

When: Sunday, February 1rst
Where: TBD
Details: A quest that will take you up and down Main Street searching out the clues that will help you answer the questions on your list. Answer all of the questions correctly and you will be put into a drawing for great prizes. Two age groups: 9 & under and 10-16.

More details to come!

 

 

 

Polar Dunk Plunge

When: Saturday noon-TBD (by number of participants)
Where: The Courthouse Plaza (right on the square)
Cost: Donation accepted

Details: TBD

 

Sponsors

We couldn’t have IceFest without the generous support of our sculpture sponsors! Thank you!

Icefest Schedule

Ongoing Events
  • IceFest 2015 custom designed ice sculptures on display (throughout downtown)
  • Pick up Scavenger Hunt Forms at various businesses Downtown (TBD)
  • If you’re interested in local history and want to know more, stop by the Heritage Center, 100 Lincoln Way East.  It is the starting point for exploring history in Franklin County and it is a site on the PA Civil War War Trails.  There is also a gift shop with unique Chambersburg items.  Open 8am-5pm Thur-Fri and 10am-3pm on Saturday.

All events are free unless otherwise indicated by a dollar sign ($).

Thursday, January 29th
5:00pm
  • Official IceFest opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on the square
5:00-7:00pm
  • TBD
5:00-8:00pm
  • Live giant sculpture carving (throughout downtown)
  • Ice Slide OPEN (in parking lot next to Gartenberg Jewelry)
  • Festival food vendors (the square) $
  • Popcorn giveaway (sponsored by M&T Bank, 55 South Main St.)
  • Participating businesses offer in-store specials and extended hours (throughout downtown)

Friday, January 31st
4:00-8:00pm
  • TBD
  • TBD
5:00-8:00pm
  • Live giant scupture carving (throughout downtown)
  • Ice Slide OPEN
  • Festival food vendors (on the square) $
  • Complimentary hot chocolate booth (sponosored by F&M Trust, on the square)
  • Popcorn Giveaway (sponsored by M&T Bank, 55 South Main St.)
  • Smores!! Rhodes Grove Camp & Conference Center will be making smores near Kerrstown Square on south Main. Donations will be accepted to help fund Summer Camp Programs
  • TBD
  • TBD
  • TBD
6:00-7:00pm
  • Snowfall Ball  Dance Workshop (Central Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, the square)
7:00-10:00pm
  • Snowfall Ball  (Central Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, the square) $

Saturday, February 1st
8:00am-11:00am
  • PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Scrambled eggs, bacon, all you can eat pancakes and beverages. Adults- $5.00, children under 10- $2.00,Trinity Episcopal Church in parish hall to the rear of the church. 58 S. Second St.
9:00am-4:00pm
  • 8th Annual ArtFest at IceFest, Historic Preservation Services, 252 E. King Street-regional artists create works of art from 9am-4pm, followed by an auction of works created that day to benefit “For the Kids”.  Admission is FREE.  For more information, or to participate as an artist, call 717-377-3093
10:00am-1:00pm
  • Complimentary hot chocolate booth (sponsored by F&M Trust, on the SE corner of the square).
10:00am-2:00pm
  • TBD
10:00am-4:00pm
  • Festival food vendors (on the square) $
  • TBD
10:00am-8:00pm
  • IceSlide OPEN
  • World Class Cake Decorators compete in “Icing on the Cake” held at the Capitol Theatre Wood Center. Amateurs and Professionals are invited to enter a carved or stacked cake.  Participants will bring their favorite season to life in sugar! Doors will close at 6pm for final judging then re-open for FREE CAKE!!!

 

  • MORE DETAILS TO COME
11:00am-2:00pm
  • Chili cook-off Located in the North Square paring lot, $  vote with donation
12:00pm-TBD
  • Polar Dunk Plunge located on the Courthouse Plaza $
  • Complimentary hot chocolate on the Courthouse Plaza
1:30pm
  • Hot pepper eating contest (North Square parking lot) entry $
2:00pm
  • TBD
2:00-4:00pm
  • TBD
3:00-7:00pm
  • TBD
6:30-8:00pm
  • FREE Cake at the Capitol Theatre Wood Center
7:00pm
  • TBD

Sunday, February 2nd
12:00pm-2:00pm
  • Scavenger Hunt forms will be available on the SE corner of the square (near F&M Trust).  Event sponsor,   Prize winners for Scavenger Hunt awarded at 2:00pm
  • TBD
  • TBD
  • TBD

 

12:00pm-4:00pm
  • IceSlide OPEN!
1:00pm
  • TBD
2:00-4:00pm
  • TBD
2:30pm
  • TBD

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Lodging & Directions

Great Hotels for IceFest 2015!

Available at Holiday Inn Express & Suites and Country Inns & Suites
*available during the dates of IceFest, January 29 – February 1st*

icefest2014_03Holiday Inn Express
1097 Wayne Ave.
717-709-9009
http://chambersburgpahotel.com

Country Inn Suites LogoCountry Inns & Suites
399 Bedington Blvd
717-261-0900
http://cischambersburghotel.com

Tips For Getting around

“The Square,” also known as Memorial Square, comprises four opposing corners located at the intersection of Route 11S/Main Street and Route 30W/Lincoln Way; the roads circle south and west around the center fountain.

The square is the intersection that divides local crossroads directionally − north, south, east and west. Lincoln Way is the section of Route 30, within the Borough limits, that heads one way to the west.

Queen Street is the section of Route 30 that heads one way to the east.

IceFest originated in 2002 to help shake the mid-winter blues that fall upon us. A large group of volunteers came together to bring displays along with other activities to get us out of our houses and into our local community. Over the years, the committee has grown, the events have grown and the crowds have grown.

Questions or concerns, contact info@icefestpa.com