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Cable TV network films at Ice Festival

This artist in action was sculpting a hot dog with a face at the Ice Festival last Saturday in Rockford. Photo by R. Reed.

If you attended Rockford’s Ice Festival last weekend, you not only saw some awesome works of art, you may have seen a national cable television channel filming some of the sculpture artists in progress.

This ice well was part of a miniature golf course that kids could play on at Rockford’s Ice Festival last weekend. Post photo by J. Reed.

The Food Network was in Rockford last weekend filming Ice Sculptures LTD, the featured ice carvers for the second annual Ice Festival. The Grand Rapids based company will be the subject in a six-episode series called “Fire and Ice” that will be shown later this spring. The cable channel has been filming them all over West Michigan for the last week, and last Saturday it was in Rockford.
There were over 30 sculptures on display at the last week’s festival, including a miniature golf course that kids could really play on.  There were several contests, live demonstrations, and free hot cocoa to warm up guests.
Last year’s festival drew about 6,000, and it was estimated that this year’s festival drew about 11,000.

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