Welcome to the 15th 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,  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.

NEW this year is the Obstacle Course in the Kids’ Area on Sunday!




Icefest Activities

Snowfall ball

When: Friday, January 27, 2017

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

Details:   Snowfall Ball from 6-10pm with Showcase Dance at 8:00 pm “Dancing in the Movies” at the Central Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall on the square. $

Don’t miss this sell out event!  Tickets are available at the door.  DJ services provided by Electrolinear Entertainment Inc.  For sponsorship information, please contact Angela Schaeffer at aschaeffer@chambersburg.org or 717.264.7101, ext. 208.




Chili Cookoff

When: Saturday, January 28, 2017, 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 Form: Click 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 2017 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:

Hot Pepper Eating Contest Sponsor:


Supporting Sponsors:

In Kind Sponsor:


For information on becoming a sponsor or cooker for the 2017 Chili Cook-Off contact Scott Fish at sfish@chambersburg.org or call 717-264-7101 x212.

Stay tuned for more details to come!

Double-Wide Ice Slide

When: January 26-29, 2017
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 LED lighted double-wide ice slide.  There are two lanes, so you can race your friends!  Brought to you by the Chambersburg Recreation Dept.


Icing on the cake

When: Saturday, January 28, 2017, 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’. This year’s theme is “The World of Gaming” to include video games and board games.  So many fun options!!   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)!  Vote for your FAVORITE  cake from 10a- 3:30pm and then come back to ENJOY FREE CAKE from 4pm-5pm! 

TO ENTER YOUR CAKE: Entry Form 2016 (deadline to enter Jan 19th)

For Sponsorship opportunities or questions email IcefestIcingOnTheCake@gmail.com

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Kids' Zone

kids-zoneWhen: Sunday, January 29, noon-3pm

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

Cost: FREE



Polar Dunk Plunge

When: Saturday , January 28, noon-TBD (by number of participants)
Where: 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 contact Michele Ford at mford@fcbmbg.com.


Frozen Flicks

When: Saturday, January 28, 2017, 4:30pm

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: FREE / Popcorn, Candy, Sodas are available for purchase for $1 ea

Details- This year’s movie will be “Clue”.  More details to follow.  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

2017 Presenting Sponsor – M&T Bank


Picture Left to Right:

  • Michael Fisher (Council for the Arts)
  • Anthony Bagley (M&T Bank)
  • Andy Everetts (M&T Bank)
  • Todd Shearer (M&T Bank)
  • Morgan Rector (M&T Bank)
  • Mary Olson (M&T Bank)
  • Noel Purdy (Downtown Chambersburg Inc.)
  • Penny Shaul (Downtown Business Council)
  • Courtney Wolfe (Wilson College)
  • Scott Fish (Downtown Chambersburg Inc.)

2017 Giant Ice Sculpture Sponsors:

  • Chambersburg Dental Associates
  • David H. Martin Excavating Inc.
  • Fleagle’s Paintingm LLC.


2017 Single Block Sponsors:

  • A&A Bonds
  • CCU-Corning Credit Union
  • Campaign for Coyle-Presented by Franklin County Library System
  • Central PA Wireless Boost Mobile
  • Chambersburg Hearing Center
  • Chambersburg Noontime Lions Club
  • Chambersburg Waste Paper Company
  • Cumberland Valley Tree Service-Landscaping
  • Dental Solutions of Chambersburg
  • DiLoreto, Cosentino & Bolinger
  • Edward Jones-Cindy Wolf, Rod Salter, John Reinert
  • Frank B. Lesher Company Inc.
  • Franklin County Visitors’ Bureau
  • Gardens by Grace/Here’s Looking at You
  • Gartenberg Jewelry/Merle Norman Cosmetics
  • Hoskinson & Wenger Law Office/Shoap Law Office/David W. Rahauser Esq.
  • J&B Bridals and Tuxedos
  • Kristian F. Frank CFP Merrill Lynch
  • Lady Moon Farms
  • Lotus Moon Gallery & Yoga
  • Ludwick Eye Center
  • Ludwigs Jewelers
  • Main Street Deli/Valley Agency Insurance
  • Main Street Tax Service
  • Martin & Martin, Inc.
  • Martin’s Famous Potato Rolls and Bread

  • McCalmont Burial Vault Co.
  • McCleary Oil
  • Menno Haven Retirement Communities
  • Nitterhouse Masonry Hardware & Supply
  • Noelker and Hull Associates Inc.
  • Norland Avenue Pharmacy
  • Northwood Books
  • Olympia Candy Kitchen
  • Printaway/LA Cameras
  • Public Opinion
  • R.A. Hill Inc.
  • RE/MAX Realty Agency
  • Rotary Club of Chambersburg
  • Shalom Christian Academy
  • Snavely’s Garden Corner
  • Stouffer Mechanical Contractor LLC (2)
  • Stouffers Auto Repair 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 2017 is bringing in the ICE!   More custom designed ice sculptures on display than ever before throughout downtown (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
  • 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 is a site on the PA Civil War Trails. There is also a gift shop with unique Chambersburg items. Open 8am-5pm Thu-Fri and 10am-3pm on Saturday
  • 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 square with presenting sponsor, M&T Bank.  PLUS FREE cake!
  • 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) $
  • Popcorn giveaway (sponsored by M&T Bank, 55 South Main St.)

  • Live giant sculpture carving (throughout downtown)
  • FREE Double-Wide Ice Slide OPEN
  • Festival food vendors (on the square) $
  • Complimentary hot chocolate booth (sponsored by F&M Trust, on the square)
  • Popcorn giveaway (sponsored by M&T Bank, 55 South Main St.)
  • Snowfall Ball from 6-10pm with Showcase Dance at 8:00 pm “Dancing in the Movies” at the Central Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall on the square. $

  • Pancake Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, ham, 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. Ticket available at Ludwigs Jewelers $
  • Complimentary hot chocolate booth on the square (sponsored by F&M Trust)
  • Icing on the Cake $ – 10am-5pm at the Capitol Theatre Wood Center, world class cake decorators compete using this year’s theme “The World of Gaming,”  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
  • 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. $ vote with donation
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 $
  • FREE CAKE at the Woods Center in the Capitol Theatre!!!

  • Kids’ Obstacle Course in parking lot next to Main Street Deli on North Main Street
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • FREE Double-Wide Ice Slide OPEN



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*available during the dates of IceFest, January 28 – January 31*

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Questions or concerns, contact info@icefestpa.com