Continuing the legacy.

Hunter Brochure 2017-COVER-1-17-17

 Hunter Brochure 2017-INSIDE-1-17-17

Katharos Garden

 Minor FRIDAY NIGHT SCHEDULE CHANGE- as you know, the weather is being a bit challenging ;) SO on Friday Night around 5pm Hunter Ice Ice Cream Booth OPENS and then after dark, we’ll have some of the larger heftier interactive sculptures put out and about, and then have Fire & Ice around 7.30pm The CHANGE is that the bulk of the single and double block sculptures will go out in the wee hours of Saturday Morning vs Friday Night so we can have them looking their best for the day. Please don’t let that change any plans to come downtown—there will be plenty to do…play some mini-golf, or ping pong. Take some pics and watch our 1st Fire & Ice since 2008! AND come back on Saturday and have more fun!!! And don’t forget Chili Crawl on Sunday ;) HELP US GET THE WORK OUT- READ & SHARE.

13th Annual Hunter Ice Festival
Downtown Niles, MI

 January 20, 21, 22 – 2017

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the Magic of the Hunter Ice Festival

It’s almost time for the 13th Annual HUNTER ICE FESTIVAL
in beautiful Downtown NILES, MI. 

Below is a schedule of events—guaranteed that more happenings will be added, so keep checking back ;)

 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 Ice arriving Monday January 16th, and then carving will begin.

Come see Aaric Kendall, Dean DeMarais, Danny Bloss, Shannon White, John Harvey Russell, Josh Niven  turn Niles into an Icy ~ Artsy FUN
Winter Wonderland.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (see above brochure for most recent schedule)

Monday, January 16
Ice arrives, corner of Front and Main St.
Thank You To XPO Express for the use of their Refrigerated Trucks!

Tuesday, January 17
Carving begins, corner of Front and Main Street
Thank You to Bobcat of Michiana!
bobcat-of-michianaWednesday, January 18
To kick off the weekend, Celebrate the Hunter Family & Niles Hunter Ice
Festival through food and a delicious experience!! Chef Daysha Amster has tailored a menu to celebrate the Hunter’s native cuisine right here at
Olfactory Hue Bistro!! We give thanks to them for choosing to harvest ice here on Niles’ own Barron Lake. BYOB, Reservations required (269) 687-0880

Friday, January 20
10am-4pm – Niles History Center Open
4pm-8pm – Psi Iota Xi Warming Center SPONSORED by SEMCO Energy

semco5pm-8pm – Hunter Ice Cream Booth – south side of Main between Front & 2nd St
5pm – Sponsored sculptures placed throughout downtown
7:30pm (approx.) – Fire and Ice at the Riverfront Park

Saturday, January 21
9am-2:30pm – Wesley United Methodist Church Book and Bake Sale, 302 Cedar St
9am-4pm – Multi-Block sculptures carved LIVE throughout downtown
10am – Bloody Mary Bar at The Brass Eye
10am-3pm - Niles History Center
10am-4pm: Niles District Library – Stop in and warm up
10am-8pm – Psi Iota Xi Warming Center SPONSORED by SEMCO Energy
semcoincluding the Psi Iota Xi Family Craft Activities

11am-8pm - Hunter Ice Cream Booth – south side of Main between Front & 2nd St
11am-7pm – NECI Book Store Opens- Niles DDA Main Street, 223 N 4nd Street
12pm-3pm – Chemical Bank Warming Center and Sleigh rides (tickets needed),
407 E Main Street
12pm-4pm – Crafts at Pizza Transit 215 E Main
12pm-4pm – Children’s Activities 400 Block of Main/South Side
1pm-3pm – Pregnancy Care Center of Niles 4rd Annual BabyCakes Cupcake ontest
2pm–7pm – Beer & Wine tasting at Front Street Pizza Pub  510 North Front Street
7:30 pm (approx.) – Speed Carving at the Amphitheater in Riverfront Park
All Day – Interactive Ice Park on Main between 4th & 3rd

 Sunday, January 22
11am-4pm – Psi Iota Xi Warming Center SPONSORED by SEMCO Energy


including the Psi Iota Xi Family Craft Activities
11am-4pm - Hunter Ice Cream Booth – south side of Main between Front and 2nd Street
11am-5pm – NECI Book Store 223 N 4nd Street
12pm -3pm – Niles History Center
12pm-3pm – Children’s Activities 400 Block of Main/South Side
12pm-3pm – “Chili Crawl” – Chili Cook-off.
4:00pm – “People’s Choice” Chili Cook-Off Awards, Psi Iota Xi Warming Center

NILES DAILY STAR PHOTO CONTEST Submit photos through January 30, 2017

  2017 Hunter Ice Festival Sponsors ~


                13th Year
City of Niles Utilities Department

Psi Iota Xi

Lakeland Health Care
               4th Year

XPO Logistics Inc , Buchanan Michigan –Refrigerated Trucks
Lake Michigan College – Ice Cream   Booth  Sponsor

               2nd Year
SEMCO Energy
Niles District Library and Nile History Center

                8th Year
Pizza Transit
                2nd year
Home Comfort 


    13th Year
Greater Niles Community Federal Credit Union
Haslett and Gaynor PC
Brown Funeral Home

1ST Source Bank
          12th Year
Harding’s Friendly Market
11th Year
Richard L. Beckermeyer, DDS
   9th Year
Insurance Management Services
       8th Year
Veni’s Sweet Shop

            2st Year

Camden TV & Appliance
Andrews’ Tax X

On Base Productions

  1st year
Four Winds Casino
Prime Table Restaurant

         13th Year
Lesley Bookout & Family
The Doll Shop

Four Flags Area Chamber of Commerce

                11th Year
Chemical Bank
9th Year
Four Flags Garden Club
Four Flags Antique Mall
The Nuggett Downtown Grill

                7th  Year
Sheriff Paul Bailey
5h Year
Fisher Innovative Technology
Kiell Excavating

3nd  Year
Forever Clean Soap Works
1st Year
Ruoff Home Mortgage
Niles Elks Lodge 1322
Southwestern Michigan College

                13th Year
Michiana Recycling & Disposal
Comfort Inn

11th  year
Kachur Tree Service

                5th Year
Harbor Sports & Cycle 
3nd Year
Bobcat of Michiana

Selge Construction
Paul Rifenberg

THANK YOU for your Support! 

 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 2pm – 7pm  - NEW Front Street location

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 30, 2017. Only photos from the current Hunter Ice Festival will be accepted for judging. Winners will be notified in February.