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2013 Plymouth Ice Festival Opens With a Brrr

With video: Frigid temperatures greet opening of 31st Plymouth Ice Festival.

A more interactive Plymouth Ice Festival kicked off a weekend in downtown Plymouth on Friday with organizer Sam Walton and Eastern Michigan President Susan Martin "cutting" the ice ribbon with a chainsaw.

Walton said today's festivities will include competitions at the AGA Nation rail jam and competitive ice carving.

"We're going to have 35 college students coming out and we're going to be creating between 35-40 new sculptures between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (Saturday)," Walton said.

The Plymouth Ice Festival resumes today at 10 a.m., but the ice exhibits remain on display 24 hours per day.

Plymouth-Canton Patch will be providing updates from the festival throughout the weekend, but here's what you need to know before heading out this weekend:

Weather forecast: Sunny and chilly

The weather forecast this weekend projects cold and dry climates—albeit with a slight chance of snow Saturday—with plenty of sun:

  • Saturday: High: 40°; Breezy. Partly cloudy. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph. Low: 19°; Breezy. Mostly cloudy in the evening becoming partly cloudy. A chance of light snow showers. West winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 35 mph. Chance of snow 30 percent.
  • Sunday: High: 24°; Breezy. Partly cloudy. Low: 13°; Mostly cloudy. 

Share your Ice Festival photos

We'll be at the Plymouth Ice Festival throughout the weekend, but we also want to see photos from your Ice Fest exploits. Upload your photos throughout the weekend right here on Plymouth-Canton Patch!

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