Festivities abound at 16th annual Hunter Ice Festival in Niles

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NILES, Mich. (WNDU) – This weekend marks the beginning of the 16th Hunter Ice Festival in Niles.

Artists will be transforming more than 32 tons of ice into sculptures during the three-day event.

The ice festival celebrates the legacy of the Hunter Brothers Ice And Ice Cream Company, which had the first documented commercial ice harvesting industry in Michigan and has a history in Niles dating back to 1898.

Friday's event is fire-and-ice themed, there is a frigid 5K run and live ice carving all day Saturday and Sunday will see a chili crawl and kids craft area.

16 News Now will have live coverage of the festivities Saturday morning.