Carve out some time to visit Sturgeon Bay on Feb. 16 for the 14th annual Fire & Ice festival. Enjoy winter’s beauty while watching ice carvers of all skill levels and professional snow sculptors create their masterpieces. Twenty ice blocks and six snow blocks will be carved.
From 9 am to 2 pm, volunteer carvers of all ages and abilities will turn 300-pound ice blocks into “ice-terpieces,” competing for cash prizes and the People’s Choice Award. A panel of judges will begin making its decisions after 2 pm, and all are welcome to attend the awards ceremony at the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center (SBVC), 36 S. Third Ave., at 3 pm.
All snow and ice carving locations are marked on the Fire & Ice brochure. Brochures can be picked at the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center and various businesses in Sturgeon Bay.
Free Door County Trolley rides will run from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm, looping continuously around the city and making stops along the way. Stops include Popelka Trenchard Glass, Bay Shore Outfitters, Monticello on Jefferson, Martin Park and Door County Eye Associates.
To put the “fire” in Fire & Ice, professional blacksmith James Viste will demonstrate his expertise in Martin Park from 10 am to 12 pm and 1 to 3 pm. Spectators will be able to assist Viste in forging several metal projects and may leave Martin Park with a keepsake.
The Fire & Ice Gala at Stone Harbor Resort is sold out, but you can still bid on silent-auction items through the Handbid mobile app at handbid.app.link/fireandice2019. Auction packages include a behind-the-scenes tour of Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and dinner for four on the Paul R. Tregurtha – “Queen of the Great Lakes,” a Packers helmet signed by 12 Packers legends, coffee for a year and a trip to Mexico. All auction proceeds benefit SBVC.
For more details, visit SturgeonBay.net, call 920.743.6246 or email [email protected]