Valent-ICE winter festival kicks off Friday

Polar bears carved out of ice at the 2014 Valent-ICE festival in downtown Grand Rapids. (Courtesy Michael Buck)


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Ice sculptures are taking over downtown Grand Rapids.

Valent-ICE winter festival starts at noon on Friday.

Floral ice sculpture.
(Floral ice sculpture)

This year there’s more than 25 ice sculptures placed outside of businesses and organizations to encourage people to explore downtown.

The festival includes ice sculptures, giveaways, ice skating at Rosa Parks Circle and a live ice carving Saturday at noon will reveal the public’s choice winner.

Storm Team 8 is tracking record cold temperatures over the weekend, but participant and “ice guru” Randy Finch from The Food Network said there will be lots of places to stop in and stay warm in downtown Grand Rapids. There will also be a warming station with free hot chocolate at Rosa Parks Circle.

Last year, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. commissioned a 3,000 pound ice sculpture carved for the public at Rosa Parks Circle.

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Events at Valent-ICE

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