Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Ice, Ice Baby: Bavarian IceFest 2017

Leavenworth's Icefest
Bavarian Icefest in Leavenworth, Washington

Going up to the Bavaian town of Leavenworth to see the Christmas lights is an event that everyone should experience at least once. Unfortunately, by the time most of us think about it, Christmas is over.

Fortunately, Leavenworth has figured out a way to milk out the season a bit longer with Bavarian Icefest. Each year the town re-celebrates winter on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend where everything is still decked out as if it were just days away from Christmas and there are a lot fun events for the whole family to participate in.

This year's Icefest will be held on January 14 and 15, 2017 and the festivities begin at 9:00 a.m. with a snow sculpture contest. Limited to just ten teams of six, the snow sculpture contest has been in operation for 18 years. Judging happens at 3:0 0 p.m.

Other Icefest games and activites include The Great Frisbee Sweep, the Ice Cube Scramble, Snowball Toss, Ice Fishing, Bavarian Mug Relay, Smooshing and Ice Cube Tower Building. On fee covers participation for all the games and is cheap too! Just one penny for all active duty military, $5 for adults age 18 and up, $3 for youth ages 11-17 and kids age six and under are free (luckies). The games will be held on Saturday from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

The Bavarian Boondockers will be giving "sled rides of a lifetime" behind a snowmobile as well. Just $1 per ride from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. Master ice carvings will be cutting up large ice cubes into fantastic (and yet temporary) pieces of art from noon-3:00 p.m. on Saturday with the sculptures on display on Sunday.

The folks at Stevens Pass will be on hand as well to help teach kids ages 3-7 how to ski and snowboard. Everything ends with a bang on Sunday night with a fantastic fireworks show at 6:00 p.m. - plenty early for you to get home so that you can rest up for your Monday back at work.

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