Chill out at this year’s Ice A Fair

What is it: The 14th Annual Ice A Fair will take place from 11-7 p.m. Feb. 4 in downtown Vermilion.

What is involved:
  • Ice sculptures: Fair-goers can view ice sculptures along the streets of downtown Vermilion. “The ice carving demos are a highlight of the day for sure,” says  Event Chair and Main Street Treasurer Fred Miggins via a press release.
  • Neighborhood trolley: Participants can also hop on the neighborhood trolley to enjoy a narrated tour of the historic Harbourtown neighborhood and downtown. Each tour meets at the center of downtown and leaves on the hour.
  • Frozen Play Space: Kids can enjoy an ice slide and football toss, and also pose for a photo with the frozen polar bear.
  • Fire & Ice display: At 6 p.m., watch a 30-minute display of an ice-carved chimney with a roaring fire set to music and featuring fire dancers. Will the fire melt the ice, or will the ice extinguish the fire?
  • Live demonstrations: Ice carvers will host live demonstrations during the festival.
  • Melt Down Party: Doors open at 7 p.m. at the Vermilion Boat Club, 5416 Liberty Ave. The menu includes butternut squash soup, pulled pork sliders, a mac and cheese bar, salad and desserts. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the event. As of Jan. 29, this year's event is sold out.
Schedule of Events: Schedules can be found at the Main Street Vermilion website or follow Main Street Vermilion on Facebook or Instagram for updates.