MAYVILLE - The Mayville I.C.E. Festival is all set to take place Feb. 13 to 15 at Lakeside Park in Mayville. This year's festival will bring back the Friday evening opening ceremonies. Hours of the weekend-long event are: Feb. 13 at 6:20 p.m. at Lakeside Park - Official Lighting of the Castle and presentation of the Treasure Hunt winner; Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. until after the 8 p.m. fireworks; and Feb. 15 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Featured activities this year will include Kids Corner, Rainbow the Clown, contests with cash prizes for all ages, snowmobile, carriage and pony rides, food and craft vendors, bonfire, flare parade, and fireworks Saturday evening, ice sculpture demo Saturday during the day, snowshoe demos, displays by area businesses, a "snowball" tournament (softball in the snow), as well as other planned events.
This year's festival will again feature two contests with cash prizes. The Snowball Distance Throwing Contest will be held on Feb. 14 at 2:30 p.m. for ages 5 to adult. Registration for this contest will begin at 10 a.m. the day of the contest in the tent at Kids Corner. A Children's Snowman (or Snow Animal) Building Contest will be held on Feb. 15 with the judging to take place at 2:30 p.m. that day. Registrations will begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday at Kids Corner in the tent. The judging is open to all children ages 4 through 12. All snow creations must be built behind the tent (lake side) to be eligible and to keep these creations safe until they are judged. Participants must provide their own accessories to personalize their snow people or animals. No sharp objects will be allowed for safety reasons. Judging will be based on creativity in three age categories.
Don't forget to register for the Medallion Treasure Hunt. You can register at Quality Markets in Mayville and Chautauqua County branches of Jamestown Savings Bank and M & T Bank. The Treasure Hunt will begin Monday and continue for 10 weekdays, with the final clue appearing in the media on Feb. 13. Registrations will be accepted until Feb. 6. See the registration form for details and rules of the Treasure Hunt and where the clues will appear.
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