Fire & Ice Festival this Weekend in Downtown Rochester

The Fire & Ice Festival in Downtown Rochester will be the inaugural event to commemorate Oakland County’s bicentennial year, County Executive David Coulter announced today. The fireworks pre-show will honor Oakland County’s 200 years and the event stage will have a bicentennial ice sculpture.

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“We can’t think of a better way to kick off celebrating Oakland County’s 200th year than with the Fire & Ice Festival in Downtown Rochester,” Coulter said. “We welcome everyone to attend our free winter festival to take part in the winter fun.”

Oakland County’s actual 200th birthday is March 28. A birthday celebration is in the planning stages as well as other events throughout the year.

The Fire & Ice Festival is set for January 17-19 and is among the premier winter events in Michigan. There is no charge for any of the winter activities.

Activities include dog sled rides, a tube sledding hill, ice skating, snow shoeing, cross-country skiing, ice carvings, face painting, marshmallow roasting, food trucks and a taste fest/beer tent.

Returning this year is a collegiate ice carving competition, which begins Saturday morning. Oakland Community College and Macomb Community College are among those expected to compete in the competition.

The Big, Bright Light Show illuminates downtown Rochester each night in a glorious rainbow of colors.

A spectacular firework display lights up the sky Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and the seventh running of The Brooksie Way “Chill at the Mills” 5k race happens Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

The Rochester Fire Department spaghetti dinners on Friday and Saturday night and a pancake breakfast Sunday morning to support Rochester Area Youth Assistance.

Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center’s tent where festival goers may adopt dogs or renew or purchase dog licenses.

The Fire & Ice Festival runs from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Friday, January 17; 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Saturday, Janury 18; and 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sunday, January 19. The fireworks are at 8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The festival site is at East Second and Mill streets in downtown Rochester. Parking is available at Buffalo Wild Wings at 1234 Walton in Rochester. There will be a free shuttle running between the restaurant and the festival.

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