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By Paige Funkhouser / Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 11:14 am
Fire & Ice Weekend – So Hot It's Cool!
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STURGEON BAY, WI (February 12, 2016) – Carve out some time to come to Sturgeon Bay February 12 and 13 for the 11th annual Sturgeon Bay Fire and Ice weekend. Snow and ice carvers will sculpt masterpieces throughout downtown Sturgeon Bay Friday and Saturday, competing for cash prizes and the recognition of the People’s Choice award (ice carving only). Revelers will dine and dance the night away at the sold out, black-tie-optional Fire & Ice Dinner Dance and silent auction at Stone Harbor Resort Saturday night.

National Championship snow sculptors are scheduled to carve nine 4’x8’ snow blocks, putting their artistic skills to the test to outdo each other’s creativity. Three 3’x5’ snow blocks will be available for free in Martin Park (207 S. Third Ave) for anyone wishing to try their own carving skills.

Sturgeon Bay businesses are sponsoring 16 ice blocks for carving. Volunteers with a flair for the creative (and willingness to brave the cold) will chip and smooth away at 300 pound blocks of crystal clear ice, between 9am and 2pm. They compete for both the People’s Choice award, and cash prizes for first, second and third place in beginner, intermediate and advanced categories, as evaluated by a panel of experienced ice carving judges. Judges will make their determinations at 2pm and the award ceremony will take place at the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center office (36 S. Third Ave.) at 2:30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend the ceremony.

Each carver or team of carvers receives a $50 gift certificate donated by Door County Candy, a food voucher to Scaturo’s Baking Co. and Café, and a discount on food from Frozen Spoon. Carvers on Jefferson Street can warm up with a free cup of coffee from 5th and Jefferson Coffee House. The professional snow carvers will be treated to a pizza and salad buffet at Sonny’s Italian Kitchen and Pizzeria. They also receive complimentary lodging from Bridgeport Waterfront Resort and Stone Harbor Resort.

Tour Sturgeon Bay on Saturday and watch the carvers via free trolley rides from 10:30am–2:30pm. Make sure to stop by The Lodge at Leathem Smith Friday (5–9pm) and Saturday (9am–3pm) for “Another Slice of Fire and Ice Wedding Expo” (free entry), and a performance by Lee Birchfield as Elvis Live! Friday at 9pm. The trolley will make the loop to Leathem Smith during ride hours Saturday.  

The annually sold-out dinner dance at Stone Harbor Resort, this year’s Title Sponsor, begins at 6pm with cocktails and the silent auction of packages and individual items donated by Sturgeon Bay businesses. Pink Houses, an 11-piece show band based in southern Wisconsin, will entertain guests from 8:30pm until midnight.

As a non-profit organization, Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center relies on this annual event and auction to raise funds to support the mission to promote Sturgeon Bay as a premier year-round community to live, work and play.

For more information on Fire and Ice weekend, contact the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center at 920.743.6246 or email paige@sturgeonbay.net.


West Side

Kitty O’Reillys Irish Pub (Ice)

Spin (Ice)

T. Simon Jewelers (Ice)

Madison Avenue Wine Market (Ice)

Hot Tamales (Ice)

DC Maritime Museum (Snow)

Kinara Eatery 


Sawyer Park 


First Avenue

Stone Harbor Resort (Ice (3))

Third Avenue

Boys and Girls Club (Ice)

Door County Candy (Ice)

Sourced (Ice)

Wilkins and Olander (





Door County Eye Associates 



The Lodge at Leathem Smith 



BP Station (Snow)

Frozen Spoon


Jefferson Street

Monticello on Jefferson (Ice)

5th and Jefferson Coffee House




Martin Park

Professionally carved snow blocks, and 3 blocks for FREE carving for public.

36 S. Third Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, WI
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