Rachel Olivia Kobylas
Tread marks, paw prints, and hoof silhouettes are just some of the tracks that will be left behind by this weekend’s Chilly Fest. The event is scheduled to take place in Downtown Port Huron, Friday, Jan. 22 through Sunday, Jan. 24.
For those feeling a financial pinch, this weekend provides opportunities for family fun that is free of charge. John Henry, local artist and professor at St. Clair County Community College will be creating ice sculptures with other artists in front of McMorran Place Friday and Saturday.
According to Lee Ann Peart, Director of Downtown Port Huron, “There will be over 63 ice sculptures downtown for viewing.” If you get too chilly during demonstrations, Power’s Diner on Military St., will be offering free coffee and hot cocoa to spectators and participants all weekend.
One of the main focal points of Chilly Fest is the snowmobile races in Desmond Landing. There will be approximately 250 professional snow mobile racers at the event, and on Friday admission is free. Peart said, “The tent will be open at noon and they will be doing trial runs all day.” Sunday is the main race where Peart said “the big dogs” of the race will be on the track.
On Saturday, the ladies may want to take part in the ‘Women’s Pampering Place’ provided by BRIDGES Wesleyan Church at 1101 Fourth St., which is near the corner of Wall St. and Fourth St., downtown. They will be offering an assortment of free treatments between 11a.m. and 4p.m. Some treatments include: manicures, pedicures, facials, and massages.
Scheduling an appointment will be necessary, contact Lee Ann Peart at (810) 984 9790. Pastor Scott Bin of BRIDGES said, “This is for the ladies looking for a getaway from all that testosterone laden stuff. We want to let them know that we’re glad they’re in Port Huron.”
During the same time frame on Saturday, weather permitting, there will be dog sled demonstrations at Desmond Landing. Saturday and Sunday the World Series on Ice Snowmobile Drag Races begin, admission to the event will be 10 dollars per day, but parking will be free at Desmond Landing.
There will be horse carriage rides, a “Kidzone” area complete with televisions and video gaming systems, tours at Knowlton Ice Museum, and the Budweiser Big Igloo where there will be daily live entertainment, local bands, hot food and cold beer.
There are seven different local vendors, all that will be serving an assortment of goods as well as the traditional chili. Transportation between Chilly Fest and the festivities, stores and restaurants downtown will be provided by the local trolley system.