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Extreme Temps Mean Mild Crowds for Fire & Ice Opener

Festival resumes Saturday at 10 a.m.

Crews carve an ice sculpture Friday in front of Rochester Mills Beer Company. Photo credit: John McKay
Crews carve an ice sculpture Friday in front of Rochester Mills Beer Company. Photo credit: John McKay
The Fire & Ice Festival was off to a blustery start Friday as extremely cold temperatures kept some would-be attendees at home.

Wind chills made the 14-degree temps feel like -4 degrees, and many who braved the unsavory conditions in downtown Rochester sought refuge in the event's heated food and beer tent, emerging in time to catch the 8 p.m. fireworks show.

Still, the event offered plenty of wintry fun. Kids and adults enjoyed sledding down a snowy slope in inflatable tube sleds, some young skaters enjoyed the ice rink and attendees sampled food and drinks from the various vendors in the TasteFest tent and adjacent food trucks. Along the downtown businesses, spectators could also check out ice carvings on display.

The festival resumes Saturday at 10 a.m.
jonathan January 25, 2014 at 12:08 PM
For us it wasn't just this particular cold night. It is Tiredness from the constant blue light and darkness. Tiredness from stressful road conditions. Tiredness from battling these ridiculously cold temperatures. We will hit town for a night out soon. But some of us have learned to rest when we can. Shopping for plane tickets as I type.

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