Richmond to host Meltdown Winter Ice Festival


RICHMOND, Ind. – The chainsaws and blowtorches fire up on Jan. 24, kicking off Richmond’s sixth annual Meltdown Winter Ice Festival.

This event turns downtown Richmond into an unforgettable destination where custom ice carvings, thrilling ice competitions (ice fights), lively winter activities and fun collide … and it’s all free.

Guests can watch the ice fly as world renowned ice artists use their polished skills, imagination and passion to transform blocks of ice into stunning frozen masterpieces. Guests can take in the magical creations along Main Street and Elstro Park Plaza. They can meet the artists and pose with more than 35 dazzling ice sculptures. During the festival, more than 22 tons of ice will be intricately designed and sculpted into works of art.

The Family Fun Zone is an interactive ice park with an array of games skillfully crafted entirely from ice – corn hole, ping pong, mini golf and skee-ball are just some of the fun activities to be enjoyed. Other highlights include fire shows, Magical Snowflakes on Main Scavenger Hunt, carriage rides, Frozen Fairy Trail, Frosty Mug Pub Crawl, musical performances, Lego competition, Chili for Charity, Paint and Take Souvenir, local food trucks, fireworks and more.

The main event are the two no-holds-barred “Meltdown Throwdown” ice sculpting competitions between pro carvers and 1,200 pounds of ice. The crowd is the judge for this event as these artists go head to head to see who can create the best ice sculpture the fastest. These high-octane ice fights will take place Jan. 25 and Jan. 26. Competitions on both nights will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Elstro Park Plaza, downtown Richmond.

All ice sculptures will remain on display, weather permitting.