The warm weekend weather didn’t stop people getting out to downtown Plymouth in droves to a favorite community event, the Plymouth Ice Festival, January 8-10.
“We reckon we had between 50 and 70 thousand visitors for the whole weekend. Many who arrived on Saturday, just stayed all day visiting the sculptures, the competitions and seeing the day out watching the spectacular ice chimneys which took 1.5 to 2 hours to burn and collapse.” says James Gietzen of JAG Entertainment, the ice festival organizers.
Local businesses and restaurants also enjoyed the turnout, one reporting record sales that day. As for the ice bar, “That had a line all weekend long.” said James good-naturedly. He added that the hot chocolate vendors maybe didn’t do so well with the cold weather drink, but they did have good sales in food items like roasted almonds – everyone was still hungry.
“We definitely had problems with the ice melting and several people brought tents along to cover the sculptures, but it was still also fun to hear people guessing what the sculptures were.” says James. When Superman turns into a snowman, well that was sad, but it didn’t stop people having fun, he notes.
James says, he had a blast seeing the appreciation for all their hard work in organizing the festival. “It makes me remember what makes Plymouth, Plymouth and that this event is all about a community and being part of it.”
Sadly, the sculptures are all dismantled now, but James and his crew are already planning for next year? An addition will be a local celebrity ice carving competition where people like the mayor and rotary club officials get to duel it out.