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Plymouth Ice Festival: What You Need to Know

Heading to the Plymouth Ice Festival this weekend? Here's what you need to know.

The Plymouth Ice Festival begins Friday, Jan. 18, in downtown Plymouth.

Heading downtown? Here's what you need to know:

Hours of Operation:

Friday, Jan. 18 – 3-10 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 19 – 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 20 – 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Sculptures are available for viewing 24 hours a day and will remain standing after the event, weather-permitting.

Parking:

See the attached parking map for parking locations in downtown Plymouth. Roadside parking also available in adjacent subdivisions except where marked otherwise.

Finding Your Way Around Downtown:

See the attached walking map for a list of restaurants and shops to help find your way around downtown. Most of the festivities will take place in and around Kellogg Park, with a warming tent in the Gathering Pavilion.

What to Do:

From the skating rink in Kellogg Park to the adult beverage tent behind E.G. Nick's, there will be plenty of amenities to keep visitors busy.

We've published a list of events for the Plymouth Ice Festival, but here are some highlights:

Extreme Sports:

Friday - Forest Avenue Clinic and Rail Jam
3-10 p.m.–AGA Nation Clinic on Forest Avenue
6 p.m.–midnight – AGA Nation Downtown Rail Jam – in E.G. Nicks parking lot – Open Riding – Demos

Saturday - Skiers and Snowboarders
10 a.m.–10 p.m. – AGA Nation Clinic on Forest Avenue
6–7 p.m. – AGA Nation Downtown Rail Jam - Registration, Practice and Open Session
7-8 p.m. – Downtown Rail Jam Competition –Advance; Intermediate divisions
8-9 p.m. - Open Break - grooming; course maintenance
9-11 p.m. – Demos +  Saturday's Night Main Event Finals
11-11:30 p.m. - Awards-presentation

Night Life:

MGM Grand Party Lot at E.G. Nick's on Forest Avenue
For the biggest party in downtown Plymouth, head over to the E.G. Nick's Party Lot for cold beer, drink specials, live music and the best seat in the house for the AGA Nation Snowboarding Demonstration. 
Hours of operation:

  • Friday, Jan. 18 – 6 p.m.-midnight
  • Saturday, Jan. 19 – 6 p.m.-midnight

Ice Sculptures:

Interactive Ice Sculptures
Get your picture taken with some of the most amazing ice creations around town. Make sure you see them all as there are a number of opportunities to get your photo with some remarkable ice.

Genisys Credit Union College Carving Competitions
The 2013 Plymouth Ice Festival partners with local colleges and universities to produce the 31st annual college carving competition in Kellogg Park.  Watch live carving by talented college student participants as they compete to win a place on the podium in their sculpture category. All judging is done by experienced and professional judges and placing a win at the festival means that the students can move forward to regional competition status.

Shopping:

Wintertime Festival Food
The Ice Festival has more than 15 different options for dining–all conveniently located within a few steps of the main festival area. Enjoy festival favorites like elephant ears, popcorn, roasted almonds and hot chocolate or indulge in specialty creations like BBQ, gourmet hamburgers, hot and fresh pizza and hot dogs.

Looking for a meal indoors?  There are so many wonderful options within downtown Plymouth–from fine dining to a quick bite, candy, cookies and ice cream. Check out www.downtownplymouth.org or the attached walking map for a complete restaurant listing.

ACO Hardware Made in Michigan Marketplace on Forest Avenue
Forest Avenue adds to its already extensive array of shops and boutiques by hosting some of the finest purveyers of "Made in Michigan" products around.  Take a stroll down the street to see what is made right here in the mitten state!

A complete vendor listing will be announced soon.

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