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Hamilton's Icefest celebration is underway downtown. Organizers had to implement contingency plans because of the warm temperatures and rain, including putting half of the ice sculptures out Friday night and the other half on Saturday. Here are the official Icefest events:


Special events

  • Children’s area (open Friday night & Saturday morning): The Children's Area at Journal Square includes putt-putt, an ice throne for photo ops, and a children’s snow sculpting activity facilitated by the Fitton Center.

  • Showcase Carver Greg Butauski (Friday morning & afternoon) - Before IceFest officially begins at 5pm on Friday, the 2014 National Ice Carving Champion Greg Butauski will be carving a 12 block showcase piece in front of the Government Services Building that will remain on display throughout the event. Come to 345 High Street any time Friday morning or afternoon to see a nationally recognized ice carver at work!

  • The Technicolor Ice Walk (Friday from sundown to 9pm) - Ice carvings along the Butler County Court House Lawn are lit up for the first night of IceFest for a unique night-time ice viewing experience!

  • Fire & Ice (Friday at 7pm): Live large sculpture carving which will feature fire as a design element. This event will take place near the Butler County Courthouse lawn close to 2nd street. The sculpture will be lit on fire once it is completed between 8-9pm.

  • Competition Alley (Saturday from 10am - 2pm) Ten or more ice carvers from around the nation will be competing to create ice sculptures along 2nd Street. Attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite sculpture, and the carver with the most votes will win the 2017 People's Choice Award.

  • Soap Carving Contest Awards (Saturday at 12pm) - Awards for the Meijer Soap Carving Competition will be presented at Courthouse Gazebo.

  • Human Sled Race (Saturday at 2pm) - Teams will race down Court Street in this endurance challenge and compete for first place.

  • Speed Carving (Saturday at 3pm) Carvers from Competition Alley will get 5 to 15 minutes to create an ice sculpture in front of an audience; some carvers will take audience suggestions, and others will encourage audience members to guess what is being carved while they are in the process of creating the piece.


Events by the Lane Public Libraries

  • Minecraft Snowball Fight (Saturday 10am to 2pm) - Stop in to the Lane Library Community Technology Center during IceFest to join an epic minecraft snowball fight. Pick a team, create and throw Minecraft snowballs, and avoid letting your opponents connect!

  • Lane Tech Center Craft & Hot Chocolate (Saturday 10am to 2pm) - Warm up during IceFest with a fun craft and hot chocolate at the Lane Library Community Technology Center in Journal Square.

  • Meet a Penguin at IceFest (Saturday 12pm to 2pm) - The Newport Aquarium’s Wave Foundation presents interesting facts about African Penguins followed by a meet and greet with a live penguin at Miami University Hamilton Downtown.


Ongoing events at IceFest

  • Soap Carving - The winners of the soap carving contest will be on display in the Greater Hamilton Visitor’s Bureau.

  • Artfest - Get out of the cold by checking out Artfest, which will be held in the lobby of the Government Services Center while IceFest is ongoing.

  • Amateur Photo Contest - Barclaycard is sponsoring a photo contest for amateur photographers attending IceFest.

  • Sponsored Ice Sculptures - Ice sculptures sponsored by local businesses will be on display along High Street from MLK Blvd. to Front St.


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