8th Annual Rochester Fire & Ice Festival

The 8th annual Fire & Ice Festival in Rochester kicks off tonight and runs through Sunday, January 25. Crews have been making snow, building the ice rink, and prepping for other activities such as dogsledding, cross country skiing, snow shoeing and fireworks.

“The Rochester Fire & Ice Festival is Oakland County’s premier winter quality of life event,” County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “We combine great outdoor activities that the whole family can enjoy with good food and entertainment. The best part – there’s no admission charge.”

New this year, the Fire and Ice Committee has added artificial turf to the first 50 feet of the popular tubing runs in order to improve the start for tubers. It is the kind of artificial turf skiers and snowboarders use to practice during the summer months.

The festival also welcomes a new musical act Jennifer Kincer & Friends who will perform Friday and Saturday night.

Returning for its second year is The Health Plus Brooksie Way’s Chill At The Mills 5k race on Sunday. Start time is 9:00 a.m. Runners of all skill levels may register anytime, including on site the morning of the race.

“Our event attracts thousands every year,” said J. David VanderVeen, Fire & Ice chairperson and director of central services for Oakland County. “We rely on hundreds of volunteers to make it the best winter festival in the area.”

Families may once again go home with a new furry best friend. Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center will have a tent at the Fire & Ice Festival to adopt dogs and to renew or purchase dog licenses.

Fire & Ice Festival fans will also encounter their favorites including the Big, Bright Light Show, the TasteFest & Beer Tent, and dozens of ice sculptures lining Main Street. The ice sculpture theme this year is kids’ toys. In addition, the Rochester Fire Department will host spaghetti dinners Friday and Saturday night, and pancake breakfasts Saturday and Sunday morning to raise funds for Rochester Area Youth Assistance.

“Fire and ice is always a great family event to embrace winter and enjoy all that Rochester has to offer even in this season,” Mayor Jeffrey Cuthbertson said.

Fire & Ice Festival Event Schedule

Friday, January 23, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

5:00 – 8:00 p.m.              RAYA Spaghetti Dinner

5:00 – 9:00 p.m.              TasteFest & Beer Tent
                                           Ice Sculpture Show
                                           Marshmallow Roasting
                                           Open Ice Skating – Bring your own skates
                                           Face Painting by Face Flair
                                           Tube Sledding Run 
                                           Pet Adoption Center – Dog license sales only
                                           Carriage Rides (until 7:00 p.m.)
5:00 p.m. – Midnight     The Big, Bright Light Show
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.              Ice Carving Demonstration
6:30 – 7:15 p.m.              Creative Edge Ice Theater
7:20 p.m.                          Concert and Opening Ceremonies 
                                           Music by “Jennifer Kincer & Friends”
8:00 p.m.                          Fireworks

Saturday, January 24, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.   Ice Sculpture Show
                                           Marshmallow Roasting
                                           Face Painting by Face Flair
                                           TasteFest & Beer Tent
                                           Tube Sledding Run
                                           Dog Sled Demos and Rides (until 4:00 p.m.)
                                           Snow Shoeing and Cross Country Skiing (until 4:00 p.m.)
                                           Pet Adoption Center – Dogs for adoptions (until 5:00 p.m.)

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.          Broomball Demonstration

11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.   Open Ice Skating – Bring your own skates

Noon – 2:00 p.m.            Ice Carving Demonstration

4:00 – 8:00 p.m.              RAYA Spaghetti Dinner
                                           Carriage Rides (until 7:00 p.m.)

5:00 p.m. – Midnight     The Big, Bright Light Show

6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.     Creative Edge Ice Theater

7:20 p.m.                          Concert and Recognition Ceremony
                                          Music by “Jennifer Kincer & Friends”

8:00 p.m.                          Fireworks

Sunday, January 25, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m.                          The Brooksie Way Chill at the Mills 5k Race

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   RAYA Pancake Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.     Pet Adoption Center – Dogs for adoptions

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.   Ice Sculpture Show
                                           Marshmallow Roasting
                                           TasteFest & Beer Tent
                                           Snow Shoeing and Cross Country Skiing
                                           Tube Sledding Run
                                           Face Painting by Face Flair
                                           Dog Sled Demos and Rides (11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Onyx Figure Skating Exhibition

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.   Open Ice Skating – Bring your own skates

5:00 p.m.                           Event Ends

5:00 p.m. – Midnight      The Big, Bright Light Show
The festival site is at East Water and Third streets in downtown Rochester. Parking is available in downtown Rochester or at Buffalo Wild Wings at 1234 Walton in Rochester. There will be a shuttle running between the restaurant and the festival.

2015 Fire & Ice Festival Sponsors: Oakland County Credit Union, Hour Detroit, Soave Enterprise, Rochester Mills Beer Co., Shelton Buick GMC, Buffalo Wild Wings, Royal Park Hotel, Byers Wrecker Service, Green Electrical Supply, TDR Orthodontics, and Eugina’s 3rd Street Hair Gallery.

For more information, go to DestinationOakland.com/FireAndIce, or join in the conversation at Facebook.com/FireAndIceRochester.