Jacqueline Wilson
Examiner Detroit

The 28th annual Plymouth Ice Festival takes place this weekend, January 22 to 24, in downtown Plymouth.
The event kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday night with an opening ceremony featuring Detroit Red Wing Tomas Holmstrom.

At the same time, there is a 7 p.m. showing of the children's animated movie Balto, about a sled dog in the Alaskan wilderness, in the Penn Theater, 760 Penniman Ave. The movie will be replayed at 3, 5 and 7 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

The festival has over 100 ice sculptures on display in the Kellogg Park ice sculpture garden. There are also dueling chainsaw speed carving shows, carving demonstrations and seminars.

The "Forest Avenue Family Fun" includes street-side wildlife sculptures, a petting zoo and pony rides.
On Sunday, the family fun area hosts Steve King & the Dittlies to get everyone dancing in the street.
Don't miss out on the Forest Avenue Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win a $200 family gift basket filled with items from various Forest Street businesses. You can print out the scavenger hunt form before you go, or pick up the forms at the DDA tent in Kellogg Park.

The weekend also includes other live music, interactive family shows, and a "Hot Spot" food tent with hot chocolate, caramel cider, elephant ears, roasted cinnamon almonds and much more.

Participating local merchants and retailers will hold individual in-store giveaways and discounts.
Festival hours are Friday, January 22, 3 to 8 p.m., Saturday, January 23, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, January 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The ice sculpture garden is open 24 hours throughout the festival.

There is no charge for admission.

The festival is located in downtown Plymouth at  Kellogg Park, Penniman Avenue and Main Street.

For more info: Call (248) 960-0700, or view the entire schedule of events online. You can also check out a 3-D map of all the festival happenings.


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