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By Paige Funkhouser / Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 10:34 am
Fire & Ice – So Hot, It's Cool!

Carve out some time to come to Sturgeon Bay February 18 for the 12th 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 Gala at Stone Harbor Resort Saturday night.

National Championship snow sculptors are scheduled to carve as many snow blocks as can be made (they will carve ice if there’s not enough snow), putting their artistic skills to the test to outdo each other’s creativity. Test your own carving flair with free-carve snow blocks (if available) in Martin Park (207 S. Third Ave).

Sturgeon Bay businesses are sponsoring 15 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–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 after 2pm and the award ceremony will take place at the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center office (36 S. Third Ave.) at 3pm. Everyone is welcome to attend the ceremony.

Each carver or team of carvers receives a gift certificate donated by Door County Candy, and a food voucher to Scaturo’s Baking Co. and Café. Carvers on Jefferson Street can warm up with a free cup of coffee from 5th and Jefferson Coffee House. The professional snow carvers 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. Free trolley rides sponsored by Coldwell Banker and Door County Advocate.

The annually sold-out Fire & Ice Gala at Stone Harbor Resort, this year’s Title Sponsor, begins at 6pm with cocktails and a new live auction of experience packages and individual items donated by Sturgeon Bay businesses. Boogie & the Yo-Yoz, an 8-piece dance cover band, will entertain guests from 8pm until midnight.

Unable to attend the Gala? Absentee bids for auction items will be accepted until noon on Friday, February 17. View the spectacular range of auction packages – such as a VIP behind the scenes tour of Bay Shipbuilding and dinner for 4 on a 1,000’ freighter, 6 hour professional photography package, Packers indoor club seats to regular season game, packages for the outdoor lover, foodie, wine drinker, and high-end silent auction items too.

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: (920) 743-6246 or email: vacation@sturgeonbay.net.


(West Side)

Bay Shore Outfitters

T. Simon Jewelers                                          

Madison Avenue Market


DC Maritime Museum                                  

Sawyer Park                                                   

(First Avenue)

Stone Harbor Resort                                       

Holiday Music Motel

(Third Avenue)

Artists Guild

Boys and Girls Club                                      

Coldwell Banker


Door County Advocate

Door County Candy

Door County Eye Associates

Nicolet National Bank (4th & Kentucky)

On Deck Clothing

Stangel Accounting (4th & Michigan)                                     

Wilkins and Olander                                      

BP Station                                                      

(Jefferson Street)

5th and Jefferson Coffee House                    


(Martin Park)

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

(All dependent on available snow)

36 S. Third Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, WI
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