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Harrisburg, PA – Ice Concepts will offer a live ice-carving demonstration at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 6 at the MLK Government Center, 10 N. 2nd St., in preparation for Harrisburg’s 2020 Ice & Fire Festival on Saturday.

The ice carving demonstration at the MLK City Government Center will feature one of the life-sized ice sculptures along with the ice block building of the ice slide at Locust and Second Streets.

Marsico’s A Taste of Italy will be available during the lunch hour from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. during the carving preview in front of the City Government Center.

The finished carvings will be unveiled at the third Ice & Fire festival, which will be held Saturday, March 7 from 11 a.m. -8 p.m. in Downtown Harrisburg.

“We invite people from throughout the region to join us to celebrate the beauty of winter,” said Mayor Eric Papenfuse. “In addition to the ice sculptures, there will be fire dancers, food trucks, music and activities for the whole family to enjoy.”

The Ice & Fire Festival will feature an ice-skating rink on Second Street with free ice skating and skate rentals, dozens of illuminated ice sculptures, an ice slide, artist market, live performances by local youth and community groups, fire dancers, food trucks, glass blowing workshops, firepit lounge with s’mores, cocktail crawl featuring specialty drinks at participating locations and more. The HBG Flea will offer a winter market in Strawberry Square from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and the Whitaker Center will offer a free “Sink the Boat” design challenge for families from 12-2 p.m.

The Ice & Fire festival will be held on Second Street between Market & Pine Streets and on Market Street between Front & Second Streets. Road closures are as follows:

  • Closed at 10pm on Friday, March 6: Second Street between Market & Pine Streets
  • Closed at 7:30am on Saturday, March 7: Walnut, Locust & Pine Streets between 3rd and Front Streets. Market Street between Front & Second Streets (drivers can still turn right on Market from Second).
  • o All roads will reopen on Sunday, March 8 at Noon

The Market Square Garage will offer $10 special event parking from 10 a.m. – 12 a.m. In addition to the discounted garage rate, attendees can utilize the ParkMobile App to get up to 4 hours of free street parking using the “LUVHBG” code. Here is a link to the ParkMobile App: http://us.parkmobile.com/mobile-apps. Street parking is free after 5 p.m. and parking on City Island is free throughout the day.

“Without the support of our sponsors, we would not be able to put together this wonderful winter festival,” said Mayor Papenfuse, “I would like to give special thanks to all of our sponsors, including our title sponsor M&T Bank, Explore HBG, Visit Hershey & Harrisburg, UPMC, CUSO Financial Services, Harrisburg University of Science & Technology, Karns Foods, Aetna Better Health, HB McClure Company, Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District and SP+.

For more information, contact Momin Bhatti, Communications Manager, at [email protected] or 717-255-7295.