January 22, 2012

Ice Breaker Festival heats up South Haven this February

Ice Breaker Festival is the hottest festival during the coldest time of the year, and South Haven is gearing up for the fun on February 3rd, 4th and 5th.
Ice Breaker Festival Map, 2012
Downtown will literally be buzzing with chainsaws as carvers tackle big blocks of ice on the sidewalks.  Watch as professionals, students and amateurs go to work with chainsaws, irons, routers, chisels and a host of other tools.  Judging begins at 2 pm, with the awards presentation at 5:30 pm in Foundry Hall.

Plan a light breakfast for the day of the chili cookoff, because the public not only enjoys free samples of the competing chilis but they also are the judges.  Pick up a ballot to score each sample on heat, consistency, flavor and other factors.  Ballots are quickly tallied that afternoon, and bragging rights (plus an awesome trophy to display) are awarded in the evening.

The ice skating rink will host performances by three synchronized skating groups.  The Western Michigan University synchronized skating team will be back this year, as well as Grand Valley State University's team and Skater's Edge of West Michigan.  Saturday afternoon performances will be 1:30 to 2:15pm and 3:30 to 4:15pm, so bring your camera to capture these talented performers.

For adult participants, the "Pub Slide" focuses on a different method of warming up.  Stop by participanting bars and restaurants for special beverages, entertainment and more.  South Haven Yacht Club's deck party on the river is always a hot spot, while Joe's Bar & Grill will have a fire pit, BBQ pit, heaters for the outside patio and live music.  The Black River Tavern will host a "Don't Break the Ice" challenge Friday evening and live music by TimVelez on Saturday. 

Bitter-Sweet Acres will have their team of Belgian horses offering wagon rides through the streets of downtown, sponsored by Chemical Bank in downtown South Haven.  In addition to the wagon rides, there will also be a heated bus sponsored by Mervenne Beverage.

Lodging is available for rooms in the bed & breakfast at the Victoria Resort in South Haven.  Festival maps and event schedules will be provided to all guests that weekend, and the Getaway Packages are also available.  Reserve two nights in select rooms and cottages to receive $50 towards dining in downtown South Haven for free.  Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-473-7376 or reserve online at http://www.victoriaresort.com/.