Below-freezing temperatures are expected for this weekend’s 2021 Plymouth Ice Festival, which is the best news organizers of the long-running event can hear after last year’s festival was dampened by rain and warm weather, and this year’s extravaganza was delayed and downsized by the coronavirus pandemic.
Downtown Plymouth is expected to be buzzing Friday through Sunday as 65 ice-carving displays will be strategically scattered in front of businesses to promote social-distancing.
Each of the carvings will be single block-size and there will be no live ice-carving competitions that usually feature multiple blocks of ice as one way to limit crowd gathering.
“We encourage everyone visiting downtown Plymouth to wear a mask at all times and maintain six-foot social distances,” the Ice Festival’s website stated. “We hope (visitors) will enjoy and embrace this year’s version … and sincerely thank you for your loyal support.”
One of the highlights of this year’s festival is a bingo game hosted by the Plymouth Downtown Development Authority. Bingo cards can be accessed by clicking on the DDA link and participants can fill their cards by visiting local businesses during the weekend.
Once a player gets a bingo — a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line filled — they can take a photo of their board and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org to enter in the contest drawing. Players can also win a grand prize if they accumulate the most stickers on their card.
Unlike in past years, there will be no ice sculptures placed in Kellogg Park, the centerpiece of downtown Plymouth.
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