Welcome to the 16th Annual 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 continued sponsorship,  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,  oohing and aahing at the Glass Routes live demonstrations, 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.

We’re also bringing back the “Run Your Ice Off 5K on Sunday!

Icefest Activities

Snowfall ball

When: Friday, January 26, 2018

Where: Central Presbyterian Church, 40 Lincoln Way West
Cost: $12 per person


SWING & THE CHA CHA instruction 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Taught by Frank Hancock of Hancock Dance

SnowFall Ball Dance* – 7:00 – 10:00 pm

*Featuring a Showcase Performance of


Thanks to the Snowfall Ball’s Presenting & Spotlight Sponsor:  Penn National Insurance

Table Sponsor:  Volvo Construction Equipment

DJ services provided by Electrolinear Entertainment Inc.

Questions?  Please contact Angela Schaeffer at aschaeffer@chambersburg.org or 717.264.7101, ext. 208.



Chili Cookoff

When: Saturday, January 27, 2018, 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 to enter the tent
Chili Entry FormClick Here


Both amateur and professional cookers vie for cash prizes and the title of the BEST CHILI in the region.  Thank you to Dr. Paul Orange for sponsoring the Cook-Off!    Voxology will be back to provide entertainment. If you are interested in participating in the 2018 Chili Cook-off see the information and entry form at the above link.

And are you tough enough to enter the annual hot pepper eating contest?   The contest is open to anyone who attends the Chili Cook-off. Whoever eats the most Hot Peppers in 2 minutes will be named the winner and receive a $100 prize! Sign up for at the Chili Cook-off by 1:00pm.


Registered Cookers to date:






Dr. Paul Orange



Thank you to our Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor: Dr. Paul Orange 

Tent Sponsor:

Music Sponsor:

Supporting Sponsors: 

Beer Sponsor:

For information on becoming a sponsor or cooker for the 2018 Chili Cook-Off contact Scott Fish at sfish@chambersburg.org or call 717-264-7101 x212.

Double-Wide Ice Slide

When: January 25-28, 2018
Thursday-Friday:  5pm-8pm
Saturday: 10am-8pm
Sunday: noon-4pm
Where: Old Capitol Theatre Parking Lot (next to Gartenberg Jewelers)
Cost: FREE!!

Details:   Take a ride on the 40′ LED lighted double-wide ice slide.   Brought to you by the Chambersburg Recreation Dept.


Icing on the cake

When: Saturday, January 27, 2018, 10am – 4pm
Where: Capitol Theatre Wood Center (inside)

Cost: $1 to enter/vote for your favorite cake OR get an arm length of tickets for $5

Icing on the Cake is a competitive cake decorating contest featuring sculpted ‘Sugar Art’.   Professional, Amateur, and Student divisions will be awarded prizes based on judging by The Butcher Shoppe’s Cake Boss and…. YOUR VOTE (People’s Choice)!  The theme for 2018 is “A Day at the Circus”.  Vote for your FAVORITE  cake from 10a- 3:30pm and then come back to ENJOY FREE CAKE from 4pm-5pm! 

Snazzy Balloons will be there making your favorite balloons! There will also be a photo booth to snap and keep your fun memories alive!

TO ENTER YOUR CAKE: Entry Form 2018 (deadline to enter Jan 14, 2018)

For Sponsorship opportunities or questions email IcefestIcingOnTheCake@gmail.com

Thank you to our Sponsors: pdm-logo-rgb

5K Run/ Kids' Zone

When: Sunday, January 28, 2018, noon-3pm

Run Your Ice Off 5K registration opens at 12:30pm and race begins at 2pm

Scavenger Hunt & Obstacle Course noon-3pm

Where:   Parking lot on North Main Street (next to Main Street Deli)


Run Your Ice Off 5k: $25 including a long sleeve t-shirt with registration received by January 8. $25 without t-shirt for registration from January 9 -Friday January 26. $35 race day registration without t-shirt.

Register online here or download a paper registration here.

Scavenger Hunt & Obstacle Course: Free


Run Your Ice Off 5k

Thank you to our Run Your Ice Off 5k Sponsor:  Kristian Frank CFP, Merrill Lynch

The Run Your Ice Off 5k is one of the final events of IceFest, the largest community event in Chambersburg. Beginning right through the middle of the festival down Main Street, the Run Your Ice Off 5k is a refreshing way to end the 4 day festival.  Proceeds from the 5k benefit IceFest, Leadership Franklin County Alumni Scholarship and Relay for Life.

Course (route is tentative and may change as weather and safety conditions dictate. While every attempt will be made to hold the race, in the event of extreme weather there is always a small possibility of the event being canceled for safety.  Entry fees will not be refunded in the event of changes or cancellation.)

  • Begin on W King St. near Hood St. and head East toward N. Main St.
  • Right on South Main Street
  • Right on W. Catherine St.
  • Left on Hollywell Avenue
  • Right on Buchanan St
  • Left on Hemlock Circle
  • Left on W. Catherine St.
  • Left onto Rail Trail
  • Right onto Commerce St.
  • Right onto Philadelphia Ave.
  • Right onto W. King St. to finish

Awards – 10 Year groups, 3 places per group, men’s and women’s groups

  • 19 & Under
  • 20 – 29
  • 30 – 39
  • 40 – 49
  • 50 – 59
  • 60 – 69
  • 70+

Cash Prizes – 1st place men’s, 1st place women’s – $100 each

Must be present to receive awards and prizes.


Scavenger Hunt & Obstacle Course

Thank you to our Obstacle Course & Scavenger Hunt Sponsor: MedExpress


We will have a Scavenger Hunt that will have you searching Main Street for sculptures that answer the questions on your list (2 age groups-9 & under and 10-16).  And, the  Obstacle Course is back!  We’ll time you as you complete each obstacle.  The best times win prizes in two age groups every hour! (age groups 6 & under and 7-14).

Polar Dunk Plunge

When: Saturday , January 27, 2018, noon-TBD (by number of participants)
Where: On LWE, next to the Courthouse Plaza (right on the square)
Cost: Donations taken to have a chance to dunk someone.

Details:  Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Chambersburg.  Proceeds benefit the Relay for Life and Leadership Franklin County.

If you are interested in being dunked complete the this waiver and return to Michele Ford at mford@fcbmbg.com.  You may also use the pledge sheet to collect donations from friends and coworkers to encourage you to take the plunge!



Frozen Flicks

When: Saturday, January 27, 2018

Where: at the Capitol Theatre Center
Cost: FREE -concessions will be available to purchase

Details-  Scavenger Hunt to begin at 4 with the movie “Casablanca” starting at 5:30.  Thanks to Wilson College for sponsoring the movie!


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

Presenting Sponsor
Sculpture Sponsors

2018 Presenting Sponsor – M&T Bank

Picture Left to Right:

  • Penny Shaul (Downtown Business Council)
  • Todd Shearer (M&T Bank)
  • Jen Barnhart (Council for the Arts)
  • Anthony Bagley (M&T Bank)
  • Mary Olson (M&T Bank)
  • Andy Everetts (M&T Bank)
  • Amy Weibley (Downtown Chambersburg Inc.)
  • Guy Shaul (Borough of Chambersburg)
  • Lisa Myers (Downtown Business Council)
  • Scott Fish (Downtown Chambersburg Inc.)
  • Danielle Lovelace

2018 Giant Ice Sculpture Sponsors:

  • David H. Martin Excavating Inc.
  • F&M Trust
  • Volvo Construction Equipment
  • Chambersburg Area Development Company/Franklin County Area Development Company FCADC/CADC
  • Borough of Chambersburg
  • Summit Health
  • Fayetteville Contractors, Inc./Associated Asphalt Martinsburg, LLC/William A. Brindle & Associates Inc
  • SpiriTrust Lutheran


2018 Single Block Sponsors:

  • Barra Orthodontics
  • Bartlett Tree Experts
  • CCU-Corning Credit Union
  • Central PA Wireless Boost Mobile
  • Chambers’ Apothecary
  • Chambersburg Noontime Lions Club
  • Chambersburg Waste Paper Company
  • Cumberland Valley Tree Service-Landscaping
  • David W. Rahauser Esq./Hoskinson & Wenger Law Office/Shoap Law Offices
  • Dental Solutions of Chambersburg
  • Dentler’s Plumbing & Heating Inc.
  • DiLoreto, Cosentino & Bolinger
  • Edward Jones-Cindy Wolf, Rod Salter and John Reinert
  • Frank B. Lesher Company Inc.
  • Franklin County Cyclists
  • Franklin County Visitors’ Bureau
  • Gardens by Grace/Here’s Looking at You
  • Gartenberg Jewelry/Merle Norman Cosmetics
  • J&B Bridals & Tuxedos
  • Kegerreis Outdoor Advertising
  • Kristian Frank CFP Merrill Lynch
  • Lady Moon Farms
  • Ludwick Eye Center
  • Ludwigs Jewelers
  • Main Street Deli/Valley Agency Company
  • Main Street Tax Service
  • ManorCare Health Services
  • Martin & Martin Inc./Plummer Engineering
  • Martin’s Famous Potato Rolls and Bread

  • McCalmont Burial Vault Co.
  • McCleary Oil
  • Menno Haven Retirement Community
  • Nitterhouse Masonry Hardware & Supply
  • Noelker and Hull Associates Inc.
  • Norland Avenue Pharmacy, LLC
  • Northwood Books
  • Olympia Candy Kitchen
  • Person Directed Supports, Inc
  • Printaway/LA Cameras
  • Public Opinion/USA Today Network
  • R.A. Hill Inc.
  • RE/MAX Realty Agency
  • Shalom Christian Academy
  • Snavely’s Garden Corner
  • Southgate Shopping Center/Paran Management Company
  • Stouffer Mechanical Contractor LLC (2)
  • Stouffers Auto Repair LLC
  • Strickler Insurance Agency
  • The Flying Scissors Hair Salon & Facial Room
  • Vinnie’s on 11
  • Voila! Children’s Art & Creativity Center
  • William F. Sellers Funeral Home
  • Wilson College (2)

Icefest Schedule

Ongoing Events
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  • IceFest 2018 is bringing in the ICE!   Over 36 tons of ice will be on display in downtown Chambersburg (Presented by M&T Bank)
  • LED Lights on the slide and ALL Giant Sculptures (sponsored by Franklin County Visitors Bureau)
  • Pick up your Scavenger Hunt forms at The Council for the Arts, The Heritage Center or Here’s Looking at You
  • Enjoy local history and gifts? Stop in the Chambersburg Heritage Center & Gift Shop for unique merchandise and pick up the new Downtown Chambersburg Historic Walking Tour Guides. Find more to explore at the Heritage Center. Open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Many local businesses offer specials and extended hours
  • All events are free unless otherwise indicated by a dollar sign ($).

  • Official IceFest Opening and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on the Courthouse Plaza with presenting sponsor, M&T Bank.  PLUS FREE cupcakes!
  • Live GIANT sculpture carving (throughout downtown)
  • FREE Double-Wide Ice Slide OPEN (sponsored by the Chambersburg Rec Dept), located in parking lot next to Gartenberg Jewelry on South Main
  • Festival food vendors (the square) $

  • Live giant sculpture carving (throughout downtown)
  • FREE Double-Wide Ice Slide OPEN
  • Glass Routes LIVE glass blowing demonstrations on North Main Street, across from the Council for the Arts in King Street Church’s parking lot 
  • Festival food vendors (on the square) $
  • Complimentary hot chocolate booth (sponsored by F&M Trust, on the square)
  • Friday Night Movie at the Coyle Free Library- “Winter’s Bone”
  • Swing & The Cha Cha instruction with Frank Hancock at Central Presbyterian Church $
  • Snowfall Ball at Central PresbyterianChurch $

  • Pancake Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes and beverages. Adults- $6.00, children under 10- $2.00,Trinity Episcopal Church in parish hall to the rear of the church. 58 S. Second St. Ticket available at Ludwigs Jewelers $
  • Ice Age Marathon at the Coyle Free Library-free showing of the movie “Ice Age”
  • Complimentary hot chocolate booth on the square (sponsored by F&M Trust)
  • Icing on the Cake  at the Capitol Theatre Wood Center, (sponsored by PDM Insurance) World class cake decorators compete in the theme:  A Day at the Circus.  A silent auction will take place, Winner and People’s Choice will be announced after a brief break at 3:30pm. FREE cake 4-5pm $
  • Festival food vendors (on the square) $
  • FREE Double-Wide Ice Slide OPEN
  • Glass Routes LIVE glass blowing demonstrations on North Main Street, across from the Council for the Arts in King Street Church’s parking lot 
  • Complimentary hot chocolate on the Courthouse Plaza (sponsored by William F. Sellers Funeral Home Inc.)
  • Chili cook-off (sponsored by Dr. Paul D. Orange), located on North Main under the BIG TENT. $5 vote with donation
  • Ice Age Marathon at the Coyle Free Library-free showing of the movie “The Melt Down”
12:00pm-TBD (by number of people to be dunked)
  • Polar Dunk Plunge (sponsored by the Rotary Club of Chambersburg) located on the Courthouse Plaza $ donations to benefit Chambersburg Relay for Life and Leadership Franklin County.
  • Hot pepper eating contest, located on North Main under the big heated tent $
  • Ice Age Marathon at the Coyle Free Library-free showing of the movie “Continental Drift”
  • Ice Age Marathon at the Coyle Free Library-free showing of the movie “Collison Course”
  • FREE CAKE at the Woods Center in the Capitol Theatre!!!
  • Frozen Flicks at the Capitol Theatre (sponsored by Wilson College) Concessions will be sold  $
  • FREE concert under the BIG TENT on North Main Street- hosted by 104.7 WAYZ.

  • Kids’ Obstacle Course and Scavenger Hunt in parking lot next to Main Street Deli on North Main Street (sponsored by MedExpress)  Compete for prizes.
  • FREE Double-Wide Ice Slide OPEN
  • Registration for the “Run Your Ice Off 5K” begins $
  • “Run Your Ice Off 5K” start time (sponsored by Kristian F. Frank CFP Merrill Lynch)  $


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