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Fifth annual Rockford Ice Festival considered a success
Fifth annual Rockford Ice Festival considered a success

ROCKFORD, Mich.—Despite the extreme cold, organizers of this year’s Rockford Ice Festival say the event was a success.

This year, they added opening ceremonies, which attracted hundreds of people Friday night.  Even the Grinch came out and made off with the glitz ball, which eventually returned. 

This was also the first year the sculptures were lit up at night. Organizers say 152 people took a carriage ride through town on Friday, as part of the event.  Nearly 50 people took the plunge Saturday for Special Olympics of Michigan. 

The Fire & Ice Chili Cook Off on Saturday raised more than $400 for North Kent Community Services.  Bill McDaniel and Tom Troyanowski of “2 Bad Dads” took the top honors- earning first place from the judges and the People’s Choice award.

This was the fifth year for the Rockford Ice Festival, which started as an event to help eliminate the mid-winter “cabin fever” in the community.  Organizers plan to keep the opening ceremonies for next year, and the Grinch may stick around for even longer too.

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