Ice and Fireworks, But No Snow-Tubing, Will Headline Scaled-Back Festival
Next weekend's Fire & Ice Festival is a partial go, county officials say.
It's a challenge to have a winter festival without any snow.
But organizers of downtown Rochester's popular Fire & Ice Festival plan to go for it anyway — though the unseasonably mild weather has forced a few scale-backs.
Seeing a 10-day forecast that shows little chance for snow, festival organizers, including Rochester's Downtown Development Authority, the cities of Rochester and Rochester Hills and Oakland County, met Wednesday afternoon to revise plans for the Feb. 24-26 festival.
They determined the festival will go on, but with a few modifications:
- The festival will take place 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25.
- A fireworks show will go on as planned at 8 p.m. Friday; to see the show, festivalgoers should gather in the Farmer's Market lot at Third and Water streets.
- Downtown shops and restaurants will be open during festival hours.
- There will be no dog-sledding events.
- There will not be a tubing hill.
- There will not be a skating rink.
- The Rail Jam event planned for festival weekend will not happen as planned.
- Ice sculptures will still be on display in front of downtown businesses.
- A spaghetti dinner to benefit the Rochester Area Youth Assistance will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday. Admission is $9 adults and $4 for kids.
- The Rochester Lions Club will host a warming tent with coffee, hot cocoa, marshmallows and s'mores at Third and Main streets.
“This year’s Fire & Ice Fest remains a great family destination,” said Fire & Ice Committee Chairman J. David VanderVeen. “The ice sculptures and fireworks show will be visually appealing while offering families an opportunity to get out in the fresh air, walk around, and enjoy what downtown Rochester has to offer.”
The festival was originally planned for Jan. 27-29, then postponed and planned for next weekend.
For more information on Fire & Ice, go to www.DestinationOakland.com, and enter the key words “Fire & Ice” in the search bar.