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Plymouth Fire & Ice winter festival set for Feb. 2

Post Date:01/15/2019 11:27 am

Jan. 31 Update: Due to this week's extreme cold temperatures and minimal snow, the sledding hill will be unavailable this year. All other Fire & Ice activities will be held as scheduled, weather permitting.

Children enjoying the train ride during Plymouth's Fire and Ice winter festivalPlymouth’s annual winter festival, the 30th-annual Fire & Ice festival is set for 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at Parkers Lake Park, off County Road 6 and Niagara Lane.

Favorites of Fire & Ice include 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. All events are weather permitting.

Guests are invited to learn curling during Fire & Ice. Plymouth resident and 2010 Olympic curler John Benton and other avid curlers will be on hand from 4:30-6 p.m.

To combat the cold, 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. The finale of the event – fireworks sponsored by the Plymouth Civic League – will begin around 6:30 p.m.

Plymouth Fire & Ice Cardboard Sled Contest graphic

Cardboard Sled Contest
The Cardboard Sled Contest returns to Fire & Ice for the second year, set for 4 p.m. on the Showmobile Stage. Participants may create and decorate cardboard sleds ahead of time and enter them in the contest. Contest participants should check in at 3:45 p.m.

Sleds must be constructed out of cardboard and may be held together with tape and glue. Sleds may be decorated – but no nails, plastic, screws, staples, metal fasteners, or other sharp or pointy objects may be used. Finished sleds must be no larger than 6 feet long, 3 feet deep and 4 feet wide.

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 13-17
  • Adults, ages 18 and older

Children dancing along with music on the frozen lake during Plymouth's Fire & IceShuttle Service
Free shuttles to and from the event will run from 3:30-7:30 p.m. at Oakwood Playfield, 1700 County Road 101 and Parkers Lake Baptist Church, 14720 County Road 6.

Medallion Hunt
Update: The Fire & Ice Medallion has been found. The ninth-annual medallion hunt began Thursday, Jan. 10 with a clue on the city's website and social media platforms. More clues will be published Thursdays, Jan. 17, 24 and 31, 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.

More Information
Fire & Ice is free, aside from food trucks, and open to the public. View the 2019 Fire & Ice schedule (PDF). 

The event is sponsored by the City of Plymouth, Abbott Northwestern-WestHealth, TCF Bank, Hy-Vee, CCX Media and the Plymouth Civic League.

For weather concerns, call the weather line at 763-509-5205.

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