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Sled down an ice slide, meet a yeti in downtown York

Julia Scheib
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From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, kids will get the chance to coast down an ice slide, see artisans make ice sculptures and even meet a yeti — in downtown York.

DiMartino Ice workers Robert Higareda and Steve Parson, left, score a side of a 275-pound ice block while building an ice slide in Cherry Lane Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. The slide, a feature in Saturday's FestivICE, will use 45 of the blocks. The company, of Jeannette, PA, is using a total of 75 of the blocks for winter festival which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A coworker steadies a 275-pound ice block while Joe DiMartino saws along its bottom in Cherry Lane Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. Joe said the slide, a feature in Saturday's FestivICE, will use 45 of the blocks. His family's company, DiMartino Ice, of Jeannette, PA, is using a total of 75 of the blocks for winter festival which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Joe DiMartino helps construct an ice slide in Cherry Lane Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. Joe said the slide, a feature in Saturday's FestivICE, will use 45 of the blocks. His family's company, DiMartino Ice, of Jeannette, PA, is using a total of 75 of the blocks for winter festival which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This year marks the second FestiveICE event put on by the York Revolution, said Adam Nugent, who plans special events for the Revolution.

The DiMartino Ice Co. will work with more than 6,000 pounds of ice to create several sculptures, according to a news release.

A yeti mascot will sit atop an ice throne, and there will be other sculptures for photo opportunities, Nugent said.

The 40-foot ice slide will run down the length of Cherry Lane Park, Nugent said. From a height of four feet, "kids can hop onto a toboggan and shoot straight down," landing on hay bales, he said.

Mudhook Brewing Co. and White Rose Bar and Grille will host live musical performances, and Central Market will offer activities face-painting and caricatures for kids, Nugent said. Participants will be able to roast marshmallows over four different fires: three down Beaver Street and one outside Mudhook Brewing Co.

This year's FestiveICE will be different from last year's, he said, because it will take place in the heart of downtown: in Cherry Lane Park (behind Central Market) and along Beaver Street.

Another change from last year is that attendees won't have to pay to get into the event, but amusements will cost money, Nugent said.

As it did last year, the York County Special Olympics will benefit from the event. Last year, said Special Olympics volunteer Krista Gardner, the organization raised about $2,000 from ticket sales and other fundraising efforts at the event.

"It's kind of a big start to our Polar Plunge fundraiser," Gardner said.

Nugent said he hopes FestiveICE will grow with each coming year.

"We want it to spread throughout the entire downtown community," he said.

To find out more about the Polar Plunge, which will take place in Wrightsville on Saturday, Feb. 6, go to www.specialolympicspa.org/.

— Reach Julia Scheib at jscheib@yorkdispatch.com.