28 minutes ago
“Roaring ’20s Rise Again” is the theme of the 26th Annual Fire & Ice Festival, beginning Friday in Somerset — although organizers say the word “Festival” is being swapped for “Showcase” to better describe this year’s activities.
“This year will be simple, classic, charming and all outdoors,” said Regina Coughenour, executive director of Somerset Inc., which organizes the festival. “We’re honored to be able to continue this tradition in its most classic form — creating some magic and highlighting art that people can experience safely, while keeping their distance, to kick off what we hope will be a year of hope and recovery.”
Sculptures created by Mastro Ice Inc. in Pittsburgh will reflect the theme, taking the shape of flappers, feathers, a grand piano, the Great Gatsby, Charlie Chaplin and a vintage vehicle car cruise, Coughenour said.
For the safety of visitors and residents, events including fireworks, the Fire & Ice 5K, the chili cook-off and indoor entertainment have been canceled, according to a release. The festival committee hopes to bring them back in 2022.
Set in the historic uptown district of the Somerset County capital, the event running through Sunday will feature the ice sculpture gallery, horse-drawn wagon rides, a shop window decorating contest, bonfires, music playing through speakers and the annual scavenger hunt.
Local food offerings, food trucks, a pop-up by Whitehorse Brewing Co., Laurel Highlands Model Railroad Club display and Kiwanis Club take-out pancake breakfast will round out the activities.
New this year is the Mary S. Biesecker Public Library’s Story Stroll installation, a 15-stop outdoor reading adventure that takes readers around the community as they read a book.
Starting at the library at 230 S. Rosina Ave., visitors can pick up a free activity bag including a book about Martin Luther King Jr., in honor of the holiday weekend.
A large story board there will display the first two pages of Jan Brett’s classic children’s book, “The Mitten.” The board also will give directions to the second of the 15 story boards placed around town.
Somerset Inc. founded the Fire & Ice Festival in 1994.
Lifestyles | More Lifestyles | Regional
#Somerset #Fire #amp #Ice #Festival #feature #selfguided