Snow and ice carvers will sculpt masterpieces throughout Sturgeon Bay during the 13th annual Sturgeon Bay Fire and Ice Festival, Feb. 17. The carving competition is for cash prizes and the recognition of the People’s Choice Award (ice carving only). Locals and visitors will dine and dance the night away at the sold-out Fire & Ice Gala at Stone Harbor Resort later that evening.
Professional snow sculptors are scheduled to carve six snow blocks (ice will be carved in case of no snow), putting their artistic skills to the test to outdo each other’s creativity. Test your own carving flair with free-carve ice blocks (if available) in Martin Park, 207 S. Third Ave.
Sturgeon Bay businesses are sponsoring 17 ice blocks for carving. Between 9 am and 2 pm, volunteer carvers will creatively turn a 300-pound crystal clear ice block into an “ice-terpiece.” They will compete for People’s Choice Award, and cash prizes for first, second and third place in beginner, intermediate and advanced categories, as evaluated by a panel of judges. Judges will make their determinations after 2 pm and the awards ceremony will take place at the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center office, 36 S. Third Ave., at 3 pm.
Tour Sturgeon Bay on Saturday and watch the carvers via free trolley rides from 10:30 am – 2:30 pm. Some trolley stops include Bay Shore Outfitters, Popelka Trenchard Glass, Martin Park, Door County Eye Associates, and 5th & Jefferson Coffeehouse.
The sold-out Fire & Ice Gala includes a live auction of experience packages and individual items donated by local businesses. People can bid on auction items at the gala from their homes. Download the free Handbid mobile app to view and bid on silent and live auction items. Bid on the 2018 auction packages at handbid.app.link/fireandice. For more information, call 920.743.6246 or email [email protected]