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Plymouth Fire & Ice Winter Festival set for Feb. 3
Plymouth’s annual winter festival, the 29th annual Fire & Ice is set for 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3 at Parkers Lake Park, off County Road 6 and Niagara Lane.
This free family-friendly event combines recycling bin races, a youth ice fishing contest, hayrides, pony and sled-dog rides, miniature golf on the ice, snow bowling, box hockey, recreational skating, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing – weather permitting.
If the cold begins to sink in, attendees can warm up at a bonfire with s’mores and hot chocolate, while supplies last, sponsored by Step by Step Montessori. Food trucks will also be on site. An interactive DJ will take the stage that evening, followed by other entertainment. The finale of the event – fireworks sponsored by the Plymouth Civic League – will begin around 6:30 p.m.
Cardboard Sled Contest
A new highlight this year, Fire & Ice will feature a children’s cardboard sled contest, set for 4 p.m. on the Showmobile Stage. Children are encouraged to create and decorate cardboard sleds and bring them to Fire & Ice to enter in the contest. Participants are asked to check-in at 3:45 p.m.
Children can design and build a person-powered cardboard sled to show off at Fire & Ice. The contest in not a race – sleds will be judged based on design and spirited participants.
Participants may enter the contest individually or as a team. Teams may include up to four children per sled, and each participant on the team must fall under the same age category.
- Only cardboard can be used, and must be held together with tape or glue
- Due to limited space on the stage, finished sleds should be no larger than 6 feet long, 3 feet deep and 4 feet wide
- Sleds must be free of sharp edges and pointy objects
- Sleds should not be wrapped in plastic, tape, shrink wrap or anything else
- For the safety of all contest participants, please do not use any nails, plastic, screws, staples or mechanical fasteners
Prizes will be awarded for the best design and best spirited team. First- and second-place winners from multiple age categories will be selected to win prizes. Categories include:
- Preschool, ages 5 and younger
- Youth, ages 6-8
- Youth, ages 9-12
- Teens, ages 13-18
Weather permitting, children can test out the sleds on the hill after the contest has concluded.
Free shuttles to and from the event will run from 3:30-7:30 p.m. at Oakwood Playfield, 1700 County Road 101. View the 2018 shuttle and parking map (PDF).
Update: The 2018 Fire & Ice medallion has been found. The eighth-annual medallion hunt began Jan. 4 with a clue on plymouthmn.gov and the city’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Additional clues will be published Thursdays, Jan. 11, 18 and 25, or until someone finds the medallion. There is no need to register or pay to participate.
A $250 prize will be awarded to the first sleuth who finds the medallion. Only Plymouth residents are eligible. View the clues.
Fire & Ice is free, aside from food trucks, and open to the public.
For weather concerns, call the weather line at 763-509-5205 or check this webpage.