IceFest originated in 2002 to help shake the mid-winter blues that fall upon us. A large group of volunteers came together to bring displays and other activities to get us out of our houses and into our local community. Over the years, the committee has grown, the events have grown and the crowds have grown.
Thanks to M&T Bank’s sponsorship (their seventh consecutive year!), local business and community support and coordination by the Borough, Downtown Chambersburg, Inc., Council for the Arts, Downtown Business Council and IceFest Committee members, IceFest has evolved to one of the largest outdoor ice festivals in Pennsylvania.
Celebrate IceFest! Pull out your favorite scarf and mittens, bundle the kids up and be sure to grab your camera; you won’t want to miss the faces of those that sit upon the giant ice throne for the first time or stand beside their favorite sculpture. You can also catch a glimpse of the carvers from DiMartino Ice sculpting right in front of your eyes! Skilled in their art form, these carvers have trained for many years and can turn a plain block of ice into just about anything. It’s amazing to watch. Live carving is Thursday and Friday night!
Events are scheduled throughout the four-day festival and include, but are not limited to, the official ribbon-cutting ceremony (featuring the IceFest cake-cutting; public welcome), live carvings, ballroom dancing at the Snowfall Ball, chili tasting at the Chili Cook-off, dunking at the Polar Dunk Plunge, cake viewing and tasting at Icing on the Cake, slipping and sliding down the FREE ice slide, and searching for the scavenger hunt. Of course there are many more events, so be sure to check out our schedule of events.