More than 15,000 people will flock to Downtown Chambersburg for dancing, dining and fun later this month while marveling at over 80 ice sculptures glistening on the sidewalks of Main Street.
It’s the 18th Annual IceFest in downtown Chambersburg, presented by M&T Bank — one of the largest winter festivals in Pennsylvania.
This year’s festival starts Thursday, Jan. 30, and runs through Sunday, Feb. 2, bringing in more than 20 tons of ice.
Penny Shaul, owner of the downtown store Here’s Looking At You and IceFest committee chair, said the mid-winter event not only boosts spirits but is a boon to business.
“IceFest is definitely a boost to sales for downtown merchants, which is why many of us try to take advantage of the crowds by offering specials and expanding hours during the festival,” she said.
Kicking off Festivities
To kick-off the festivities, a ribbon cutting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Jan. 30 on the Courthouse Plaza. DiMartino Ice Company carves all of the IceFest sculptures. A big attraction is always their live ice carvings from 5-8 p.m. Thursday and Friday nights. Ice sculptures are sponsored by local businesses.
In addition to the ice sculptures, live ice carvings and a free double-wide ice slide, this year’s IceFest has the largest number of events scheduled in the festival’s history.
Chambersburg’s IceFest has become a regional destination event that people look forward to annually. Visitors come from Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., York County and more. Special hotel packages are available during IceFest at the Country Inn & Suites, 717-261-0900. Call and ask for the IceFest special.
IceFest is an important community fundraiser for these local nonprofits:
The Borough of Chambersburg assists these three organizations with coordination of the event.
For more information, visit www.icefestpa.com. Maps with an events schedule will be available at the Chambersburg Heritage Center and Gift Shop, 100 Lincoln Way East, and other locations downtown.