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.