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Fire and Ice Festival
February 2 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pmFree
On Saturday, February 2nd, break out of that winter confinement by coming to the Downtown Racine Corporation’s Fire and Ice Festival on Monument Square from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. This free community event will feature ice skating, ice sculpting, bonfires, a food vendor and a Fire and Ice themed scavenger hunt taking place throughout downtown Racine.
Dust off those ice skates that haven’t been touched in years and take a few laps around the Monument Square Ice Rink. For those who do not have their own skates, there will be free rentals inside the warming station during the entire festival. Join every Wisconsinites favorite mascot, Bernie Brewer, as he will make an appearance from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. for this Saturday’s Celebrities on Ice. Also in attendance from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. will be local hero, K-9 Nox of the Racine County Sheriff’s office with his handler, Deputy Clemens.
Back again for this year’s Fire and Ice Festival, professional carvers will be sculpting frozen masterpieces out of large blocks of ice. They will begin shaping their creations at 12:00 p.m. Stay tuned on the Downtown Racine Corporation’s Facebook page after the festival where the people’s choice voting for best sculpture will be taking place.
Grab a bite to eat from one of the food trucks on site and warm up by the bonfire. Enjoy some Filipino food from a Milwaukee area favorite, Meat on the Street. There will also be cookies and hot chocolate for sale for those who are in the mood for something on the sweeter side. Racine Brewing Company will be joining the Fire and Ice Festival on Monument Square selling in-house specialty beers and root beer for the kids.
Mrs. Racine County, Cheryl McCrary, will be warming hearts with a vocal performance from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Cheryl’s musical genre, which boasts a mix of jazz, pop, country and love song ballads, has earned her a national recording contract. She has performed the National Anthem in the past for the Brewers, Bucks, NHRA US National Drag Races and many more impressive venues.
New to this year’s event will be a fire and ice themed scavenger hunt taking place throughout 18 downtown businesses. Each participating location has picked one item that is a physical product, food or drink that falls into either a “fire” or “ice” category. Here are the official rules:
- Pick up an official Fire and Ice Scavenger Hunt Sheet from the DRC office beginning at 10 AM or Monument Square at the DRC’s hot chocolate and cookie tent beginning at 12 PM on February 2nd.
- Your scavenger hunt sheet will consist of all participating locations with their corresponding scavenger hunt items.
- In order to receive credit for finding an item, an employee must place a sticker on your sheet that corresponds with their location. There is no cost to participate, but some locations have chosen items that need to be purchased in order to get credit for.
- A colored sticker (other than gold) will be used if the item was found.
- A gold sticker will be used if the item was purchased.
- Bring your sheets to the DRC office after you’ve finished the scavenger hunt. We will be open until 6 PM on the day of the scavenger hunt.
- Receive a $5 Downtown Racine Gift Certificate if you have 10 or more total stickers.
- You’ll be entered to win one of two $25 Downtown Racine Gift Certificate if you have 3 or more gold stickers.
During the festival, the Downtown Racine Corporation will be hosting a blanket drive to help those less fortunate. The blankets will be donated to HALO and the Hospitality Center. Last year, over 100 blankets were donated in total. Help surpass that number by donating any new or used blankets.
Monument Square Drive will be closed but surrounding street parking will be available. Parking can also be found at the Lake Avenue Ramp (300 Lake Avenue) and the McMynn Ramp (120 7th Street) for only $2 all day.