Shipshewana's Ice Festival kicked off Friday

You can enjoy the winter weather this weekend at Shipshewana’s Fifth Annual Ice Festival. The festival has grown over the years to become one of the biggest ice-sculpting events in the region.

It features two days of carving by the Michiana Ice Carvers Association, and it all takes place Downtown, right in front of Shipshewana businesses.

More than 30,000 pounds of specially made, clear ice blocks were trucked into town for this year's festival. Friday, artists tore into those 16 tons of frozen water during a special carving competition.

If you missed out Friday, you still have time to get in on the fun. The festival runs through Saturday afternoon, with the Fourth Annual Chili Cook-off scheduled to kick off at 10 a.m. the parking lot of the Davis Mercantile.

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