January 6, 2013

South Haven's Ice Breaker Festival 2013 is almost here!

Recognize the South Haven lighthouse?
This is the result of waves, wind and chilly temps!
South Haven's favorite festival is just around the corner.  Ice Breaker Festival brings out cheerful crowds of visitors and residents for the ice carving competition downtown, and the famous chili cook off.  Celebrating twenty years, the festival promises to be even better for 2013...


Ice carvers begin their work early on Saturday morning.  A variety of skill levels are welcomed at South Haven's festival, from true amateurs to semi-experienced to professionals who participate in ice carving festivals all over Michigan.   The variety of tools is impressive, from chain saws to dremmels to small torches and spray bottles of salt water.  Ice blocks are positioned downtown South Haven directly on the sidewalks, giving visitors plenty of opportunity to see creativity in action.

At midday, the local restaurants and downtown merchants will have chili samples ready for the public.  One ounce samples sound very small, until you visit fifteen participants!  Remember to grab a ballot to vote for your favorite chili.  Heat, consistency, flavor and meat/bean ratios are all important factors.  By the end of the day, volunteers will tally all of the votes to crown the 2013 chili cook off winner.  The big prize?  Bragging rights for an entire year!

South Haven's outdoor ice rink will open early for curling demonstrations and a chance to try this classic Canadian sport.  Open skating will be available throughout the weekend, interspersed with figure skating demonstrations by Western Michigan University and Grand Valley State University skating teams.

There are still rooms in the bed and breakfast available at the Victoria Resort in South Haven.  Stay two nights to receive fifty dollars towards dining in South Haven.  Or if you've had enough chili, opt for the one hour massage instead.  Either way, it's all part of the winter getaway packages available at the Victoria.  Check availability at www.VictoriaResort.com.