Ice Time Festival returns to downtown Dowagiac

Ice Time Festival returns to downtown Dowagiac Feb. 1 for its 24th year.


Kris Soenen, event chairman and treasurer of the Greater Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce, said Ice Time is snow packed full of activities, encouraging families to enjoy Michigan’s great outdoors. New this year, the festival will showcase Frosty Foosball. A human foosball court will be set up for open play, as well as a tournament. Soenen said get your six-person team together and check out the Chamber's facebook page for more details.


Ice Time will again host Jan Bloom and his team of huskies for a Sled Dog Meet & Greet, as he shares information about Michigan’s great pastime of sled dog racing and displays the sleds currently used.


The seventh-annual Frozen Fish Toss Open Competition, sponsored by The  Wounded Minnow, gets under way at 12:30. “It’s fun, free and goofy,” Soenen said. “The number of teams participating keeps growing - from our area, from Chicagoland and even as far away as  Columbia and Germany, as our last year's winners were. They all come out to have fun with us in the snow, ice or sunshine—whatever the day brings.”


While snow would be a welcome touch to this day-long event, it’s not a prerequisite. The 300-pound ice blocks are trucked in for the carving that gets under way at 8. Auxiliary events are held from one end of the downtown to the other, and some retailers will have special event sales to clearance winter merchandise.


Soenen said with deep appreciation she is welcoming back six corporate  underwriters, which have made the festival possible. They are: Platinum Level sponsor Lyons Industries; Gold Level sponsors Clark Chapel/Starks Family Funeral Homes and Dowagiac Area Federal Credit Union; Silver Level sponsors Dowsett Chiropractic Health Center and SEMCO Energy; and Bronze Level sponsor Who Knew Consignment.

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