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.



Icefest Activities

Snowfall ball

When: Friday, January 30th

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


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 10am-6pm; 6:30-8pm
Where: Capitol Theatre Wood’s Center

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

2015 Theme: Favorite TV Sitcom or Reality TV Show

Cake designers will create one of a kind creations based on their favorite TV shows including Reality TV. Just imagine, Gilligan’s 3 hour tour could be a sweet adventure or maybe Lucille Ball will have a second chance in the candy factory and let’s not forget all the other fan favorites like The Amazing Race, Friends, Sex and the City and so much more. The possibilities are endless!

Entry Form to Bake:

Entry Form ICING ON CAKE 2015

Call the Council for the Arts for more Information 717-264-6883

FREE CAKE: After the winner is decided by Judge Julie Bashore, come join us from 6:30-8PM for FREE CAKE!! (open to public!)

Fun Run/ Kids' Zone

When: 12 noon-2pm
Where: Fort Chambers Park (W King St/Main St)
Cost: $8 adults, $3 per child (6-10 yrs)

Details: Make the right call and join us for the 1st Annual Football Fun Run on February 1st, 2015 at 1pm. The FAMILY FUN ZONE that will open at noon and the one mile fun run begins at 1pm.
The 1 mile course will begin at Fort Chambers Park and will then proceed to the intersection of King Street and North Main Street and proceed down Main Street turning right on Washington Street. The course continues down Washington Street turning right on the Rail Trail. Follow the Rail back to the Fort Chambers Park Bridge.

Registration: Begins at 12 noon at Fort Chambers Park
Ice Fest Fun Run 2015 Registration

Kid Zone

When: 12 noon-2pm
Where: Fort Chambers Park
Cost: TBD

Details: TBD

Polar Dunk Plunge

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

Details: TBD


Frozen Flicks

When: TBD
Where: TBD
Cost: TBD

Details: TBD


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

Presenting Sponsor
Sculpture Sponsors

2015 Presenting Sponsor – M&T Bank:2014 group photo


Pictured in the photo-left to right
• Mary Olson(M&T Bank)
•  Wayne Kline (M&T Bank)
• Mike Fisher (Council for the Arts)
• Penny Shaul (Downtown Business Council)
• Noel Purdy (Downtown Chambersburg Inc.)
• Robin Harmon (Downtown Chambersburg Inc.)
•  Dominique Scott (M&T Bank)
• Guy Shaul (Borough of Chambersburg)
• Stacy Mellott (Council for the Arts)
•  Melissa Varner (M&T Bank)
•  Mike Carty (Downtown Business Council)

Giant Ice Sculpture Sponsors:

  • F&M Trust
  • Lutheran Home Care & Hospice Life Lutheran Services
  • Franklin County Attorneys:  Salzmann Hughes, P.C.
  • Franklin County Accountants:  Schultheiss & Associates

Single Block Sponsors:

  • ACNB Bank
  • Aerotek
  • Borough of Chambersburg (2)
  • Central Pennsylvania Wireless-Boost Mobile
  • Chambersburg Noontime Lions Club
  • Cumberland Valley Tree Service-Landscaping
  • Dental Solutions of Chambersburg
  • DiLoreto, Cosentino & Bolinger, PC
  • Edward Jones:  Cindy Wolf and John Reinert
  • Ellsworth Electric of PA Inc
  • Frank B. Lesher Company Inc.
  • Franklin County Visitors’ Bureau
  • Gartenberg Jewelry/Merle Norman Cosmetics
  • HCR Manor Care
  • J&B Bridals and Tuxedos
  • Kelsey Springs Landscaping
  • Lady Moon Farms
  • Lotus Moon Gallery & Yoga
  • Ludwick Eye Center
  • Ludwigs Jewelers
  • Main Street Deli/Valley Agency Company
  • Main Street Tax Services
  • McCalmont Burial Vault Co.
  • McCleary Oil

  • Nitterhouse Masonry Hardware & Supply
  • Noelker and Hull Associates Inc.
  • Norland Avenue Pharmacy
  • Northwood Books
  • Olympia Candy Kitchen
  • On Root 30 Hair Design
  • Orthodox Presbyterian Church Chambersburg
  • Patriot Federal Credit Union
  • PIRHL Developers
  • Printaway/LA Cameras
  • Public Opinion
  • Re/Max Realty Agency
  • Rotary Club of Chambersburg
  • Snavely’s Garden Corner
  • Stouffers Auto Repair, LLC
  • Stouffer Mechanical Contractor LLC
  • Strickler Insurance Agency
  • Vinnie’s on 11
  • Voila! Children’s Art Creativity Center
  • Wagner’s Supply Depot
  • William F. Sellers Funeral Home
  • Wilson College

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
  • Official IceFest opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on the square
  • TBD
  • 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 30th
  • TBD
  • TBD
  • 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
  • Snowfall Ball  Dance Workshop (Central Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, the square)
  • Snowfall Ball  (Central Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, the square) $

Saturday, January 31st
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Complimentary hot chocolate booth (sponsored by F&M Trust, on the SE corner of the square).
  • TBD
  • Festival food vendors (on the square) $
  • TBD
  • 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!!!


  • Chili cook-off Located in the North Square paring lot, $  vote with donation
  • Polar Dunk Plunge located on the Courthouse Plaza $
  • Complimentary hot chocolate on the Courthouse Plaza
  • Hot pepper eating contest (North Square parking lot) entry $
  • TBD
  • TBD
  • TBD
  • FREE Cake at the Capitol Theatre Wood Center
  • TBD

Sunday, February 1st
  • 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


  • IceSlide OPEN!
  • TBD
  • TBD
  • TBD


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Maps & Lodging

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.

Country Inn Suites LogoCountry Inns & Suites
399 Bedington Blvd


Questions or concerns, contact info@icefestpa.com