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It’s almost time for the 12th Annual HUNTER ICE FESTIVAL in beautiful Downtown NILES, MI. Below is a schedule of events—there might be more added, and times for things like Ice Fights and putting ice out are close guestimates.
If you have any questions, give us a call or email and we’ll be happy to answer. We’ll have plenty going on in town starting with the Frigid 5k this coming Saturday 9am. Ice arrives Monday January 18th, and then carving will begin.
The team we have here this year is the same from last—in-between they placed 2nd in the WORLD ICE ART Competition in Alaska last March. CBS Sunday Morning did a spot on that competition, so here is a link to that spot. Buddy Rasmussen & Reverend Butter are interviewed and talk & Carve and at 6:42, the team gets awarded their 2nd Place medal.
2016 Hunter Ice Festival Sponsors ~
THANK YOU for your Support!
2016 Major FESTIVAL SPONSORS
City of Niles Utilities Department
Psi Iota Xi
Xpo Logistics Inc , Buchanan Michigan –Refrigerated Trucks
LMC- Ice Cream Booth Sponsor
Niles District Library and Nile History Center
1ST Source Bank
United Federal Credit Union
Greater Niles Community Federal Credit Union
Halbritter Funeral Services
Haslett and Gaynor PC
Brown Funeral Home
Edward Jones Investment/Jennifer Salmon
Nile Vision Clinic
Harding’s Friendly Market
Richard L. Beckermeyer, DDS
MAAC Property Services
Insurance Management Services
Veni’s Sweet Shop
Niles Dental Associates – Kyle McGill DDS
Brew Ha Ha
Niles City Fire Fighters IAFF Local 2317
United Steel Workers/ City of Niles Local 13729
Niles Masonic Temple
Mid-States Bolt & Screw
Camden TV & Appliance
Millin Group, LLC
On Base Productions
Brian Watson Allstate Insurance
Physicians Immediate Care
Lesley Bookout & Family
The Doll Shop
Four Flags Garden Club
Four Flags Antique Mall
The Nuggett Downtown Grill
The Brass Eye
Sheriff Paul Bailey
Flo N Grow
The Music Academies
Fisher Innovative Technology
Greater Michiana Healing Arts Center/The Kar Club
United Federal Credit Union
Rumor Has It
Niles Steel Tank
Niles Community Health Center
Forever Clean Soap Works, Inc
Wellbrooke of South Bend
Westwood of Niles
Scott Clark Memorial
Rock and Roll Woods
Michiana Recycling & Disposal
Comfort Inn/Holiday Inn Express
Kachur Tree Service
Harbor Sports & Cycle
Bobcat of Michiana
The Buckhanan Family
We Thank You ALL for Your Support!
Add your name to the list… Make your donation today!!
Hunter Ice Cream ‘every bite, a delight’ Along with harvesting ice from Barron Lake, the Hunter Company also made Ice Cream. Hunter Ice Cream was noted for its purity and in 1914 the company could produce 400-500 gallons per day, any flavor, and the ice cream could be molded into various shapes.
Additional Festival Schedule/Information
Wesley United Methodist Church Book and Bake Sale 302 Cedar Street: You can buy hardback books and paper back books in a variety of subjects along with cookbooks and puzzles. We will also feature sweet treats made by our “church ladies” for sale. Saturday 9am-2:30pm.
Massimo’s Wine & Beer Tasting Saturday 3pm – 7pm - Front & Main 20 E Main Street
Chemical Bank 407 E Main Street will be open as a warming station with free hot chocolate, coffee and cookies to everyone. Dream Coach Carriage will provide free sleigh rides to the first 75 people to pick up a coupon at one of their Niles branches: 407 Main St branch or 1835 S. 11th St. Coupons will be given out on a first come, first serve basis and you will need to have a coupon for the free sleigh ride. Saturday 12pm -3pm
Pregnancy Care Center of Niles Annual BabyCakes Cupcake Contest/Fundraiser At the Bell Building on the Corner of 3rd and Sycamore Bake Space is limited to 30 bakers, register early for a price of only $5 per flavor. There are three categories: Adult, Youth, and Professional. Awards will be given for best tasting and best decorated. Come and taste over 30 different kinds of cupcakes. Just a $5 donation gets you a choice of up to 3 cupcakes. A $15 donation gets you a bakers dozen (13)! Come and cast your voice for the “People’s Choice” award. We hope to see you there! Saturday 1-3pm
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Hunter Ice Festival Amateur Photo Contest cosponsored by Leader Publications and Niles DDA Main Street Prizes for First $100, Second $75 and Third $50. Take pictures during the Ice Festival and submit them to Leader Publications on-line site, where they will be added to a display and judged. We encourage you to submit sculpture photos, action shots and views of people enjoying the festival. All photos submitted become the property of the Hunter Ice Festival and Niles DDA Main Street and may be used for promotional purposes, so make sure you keep a copy!
Photos must be submitted electronically. No submissions will be accepted after January 31, 2016. Only photos from the current Hunter Ice Festival will be accepted for judging. Winners will be notified in February.