Indiana January 04, 2019
This Indiana Ice Festival Will Make Winter Your Favorite Season
Living in Indiana gives you the opportunity to experience each and every season to the fullest. During the cold months, it may seem like there is less to do, but festivals are still happening all around. In fact, there’s a winter ice festival taking place later this month, and it’ll definitely change how you feel about the cold and snow.
Ice sculptures, hot cocoa, chili, and live entertainment abound at this annual event. Check it out:
Taking place January 24-27, Richmond Meltdown is an annual winter ice festival that features some of the best carvers from all over the world. This exciting weekend includes contests, cook-offs, meet-and-greets, as well as many unique displays.
It all begins with the chili cook-off on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Taking place at the library, the event's proceeds will be donated to charity. There will also be a special Fire and Ice show that night at 7 p.m. at the Jack Elstro Plaza.
The fire show takes place on Friday as well. This is also the day of the Big Reveal when carvers work together to create something massive. Friday is also the first day for the interactive play zone that is completely made of ice.
If you're really into ice carving, there will also be a chance to meet a carver on Tuesday, January 22, 2018 at the library.
Have your camera ready to enjoy the magical play zone at this winter ice festival. It features a wealth of different structures you can touch and sit on, and it is available through Sunday.
Saturday comes with its own schedule of events as well. Free hot cocoa will be available at Hayes Arboretum for nature lovers. Live music begins at 3 p.m. with the last band taking stage at 6:30 p.m. There will also be crafts and games for kids as well as a magical snowflake walk.
The final competition takes place on Saturday as well. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., sculptures will battle by ice, and the audience gets to choose the winner.
Additional activities taking place throughout the week include pub craws, a coloring contest, and Lego competitions. Kids of all ages can't get enough of this annual downtown Richmond event.
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If you’ve ever been to this winter ice festival, we’d love to hear from you. Please share your experiences and photos with us below in the comments.