Snow lovers have not had a very successful winter so far this year, with no major accumulations all season. Those lovers of cold will have a chance to chill at a cool party on Saturday, though, as Sykesville Main Street brings their Ice Fest for the second year.
The event will feature more than 50 ice sculptures, a pop-up ice skating rink, a live DJ, food wine and business vendors.
According to Julie Della-Maria, Sykesville Main Street Association coordinator, though last year was hugely successful, they’ve got plans to make sure 2017’s Ice Fest runs even more smoothly.
Changes include shifting the time frame from an all-day celebration to an afternoon and evening event to ensure the ice sculptures don’t melt, additional traffic aids and a free shuttle transporting guests to downtown Sykesville.
In addition to the ice sculptures, the event will feature a frosty friend as a penguin visits from the Baltimore Zoo as well as a surprise guest animal as well. Children can also participate in the festival’s new polar bear-themed obstacle course set up right on Main Street. Food vendors include funnel cakes for children and sweet-toothed adults and oysters and wines for their parents. Della-Maria said the festival came about as a way to fill an otherwise activity-free first quarter in the Sykesville community.
“We wanted to find something entertaining to do on Main Street and cure all the cabin fever,” Della-Maria said. “Everyone is cold, and they’re stuck at home, so we thought this would be a good way to get people to come out.”
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