• Kevin Elliott

Fire & Ice Festival to be held January 19-21

The annual Fire & Ice Festival in Rochester will be held on the weekend of January 19 through 21, following the approval of a special event permit by the Rochester City Council.

The event, which serves as the city's main winter festival, offers visitors a chance to partake in winter activities, such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snow tubing, fireworks and other activities throughout the weekend. A taste fest will be coordinated by the Rochester Mills Beer Company, with offerings from Bologna Via Cucina, Buffalo Wild Wings, O'Connor's Public House and others. Food truck participants will include El Charro, Crepe Day-Twah, Nosh Pit Detroit, Sweet Water Tavern and others. Additional activities will include the 5K Brooksie Way Chill race; a collegiate ice carving competition, dog sled rides and other offerings.

Admission and activities are free, with food and other items available for purchase.

The event will run from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, January 19; from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, January 20; and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, January 21.

The majority of events will be held on the south side of 2nd Street due to construction occurring in the prior area of the Rewold Lot. The tubing hill will be constructed on East Third Street.

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