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Shipshewana Ice Festival, Dec. 27-28

December 19, 2013 Leave a comment
Nativity Scene at the Shipshewana Ice Festival

Nativity Scene at the Shipshewana Ice Festival.
Photo provided by LaGrange County CVB and used with written permission.

By Tammy Tilley
On behalf of the Shipshewana/LaGrange County CVB

The 5th annual Shipshewana Ice Festival is scheduled for Dec. 27-28, 2013 in LaGrange County in northern Indiana.

On Friday ice carvers will be drilling and shaving blocks of ice all over Shipshewana. The creations they design are submitted by the sponsor or are the carver’s choice.  These professional carvers enjoy the challenge of creating!  Stop by Shipshewana to see them at work… or play! (many of the stores will remain open until 8 pm).

On Saturday the ice carvers compete in the Davis Mercantile parking lot. The ice carvers love this special event.  They create their own design or sculpture out of special larger pieces of ice.  Cash awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be awarded upon completion.  Bring your cameras and video these master carvers at work.

Also on Saturday, the 5th annual Chili Cook-Off will be held in the parking lot of the Davis Mercantile. Open to anyone, no charge to compete. Trophies, cash awards, gifts and bragging rights for the cooks. Admission: 2013 Shipshewana Ice Festival Pin will get you FREE entrance into the Chili Cook-off.  The pin will be available at many stores in Shipshewana. You can purchase the pin at the chili tent the day of the event.  The Ice Festival Pin is worth approximately $100 in value during the month of January.  Many stores will be participating in the specials for January. And if Old Man Winter should make an appearance, there will be snowman building.

For more information, visit, or call 260-768-4008.