FestivICE brings family fun to York City

Christopher Dornblaser
  • The third annual FestivICE took place in downtown York Saturday.
  • Locals were treated to ice sculptures, food, and even a yeti.
Mimi Harberger, middle of Abbottstown, talks with her granddaughter Maisy, 7, as her grandson Oliver,1, looks at Joe DiMartino, of Jeannette, carve into his Love is Cold sculpture, during FestivICE Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, in York City. Amanda J. Cain photo

On Saturday, the area around Central Market in York City was busier than usual.

It boasted ice sculptures, food and even a yeti.

It was the third annual FestivICE event, hosted by York Traditions Bank, which was bringing in all the activity Saturday.

Event: Despite the sporadic wintry weather, the area was still fairly packed.

Adam Nugent, director of special events for Eventive, the events arm of the York Revolution, said he didn't have an exact attendance number, but it looked as though it was higher than last year.

"We got a ton of people," he said.

Celebrate the cold with FestivICE in downtown York

Nugent said that in the winter, after the holidays, people have a tendency to hunker down and "hibernate." FestivICE was a way to bring people out.

"The idea is to bring families downtown," he said.

Deb Clineburg, left, of West York, helps push Zahra Raja, 8, of York City, down the ice slide at FestivICE Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, in York City. Amanda J. Cain photo

Among the attractions was an ice slide, which kids could slide down on a sled, numerous ice sculptures and live music.

More than 10 tons of ice were brought out for the event, which went to good use as the sculptors put together their pieces that day.

Additionally, York Revolution mascot Downtown and the yeti were taking photos with fans and children.

Out and about: Laura Thrush, of Seven Valleys, was there with her husband and 3-year-old daughter, Sierra.

Thrush was taking pictures of her daughter in front of the ice sculpture of Buddha.

"We're really enjoying it," she said.

Thrush said she and her husband come to York City frequently to check out the restaurants, but FestivICE was one of the few family events they've attended since moving to the area about two years ago.

"I think it'll bring people out who might not usually come out," she said.

She said one of her daughter's favorites was the Sphinx ice sculpture called "Sphinxin' For a Selfie."  Sticking to the spirit of the name, Sierra took a picture with it.

"She's having a great time," Thursh said.

Additionally, her daughter was able to take pictures with Anna and Elsa, from the movie "Frozen."

Not far from the ice Buddha was a hockey net, where kids could shoot pucks at an interactive goal with a hockey stick.

Melissa Ural, of Spring Grove, was watching with her 7-year-old daughter, McKenna, as her 10-year-old son, Austin, shot on the net.

"This is great," Ural said of the event.

Like Thrush, Ural said she and her family come downtown often to go to the restaurants. FestivICE was a new opportunity for her children.

"It's great to bring the family down and see what it's like in downtown York," she said.

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