Chilly weekend perfect for Valent-ICE Festival


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — From a full-sized ice piano on Pearl Street to a 7-foot tall reproduction of the Grand Budapest Hotel, ice sculptures will be taking over downtown Grand Rapids this weekend as part of the Valent-ICE Festival.

More than 50 detailed ice sculptures will be placed around the city starting Friday and lasting through Sunday. The public can vote on their favorite sculptures for a chance to win a downtown prize pack.>>PDF: Map to find ice sculptures

Ice Sculptures LTD owners Randy Finch and Derek Maxfield are the talent behind the carvings. They say they are moving more than 15 tons of ice into the city center for the event. Each piece is completely unique and several were requested specifically by the businesses they are placed in front of.

The coldest air of the season is on its way this weekend. Highs on Friday will be stuck in the low 20s with teens forecast for highs on Saturday. The coldest morning will be Sunday with some below zero temperatures likely.

Friday evening, an ’80s skate party with prizes will take place at Rosa Parks Circle.

The height of the activity will take place at Rosa Parks Circle from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. During that time, Finch and Maxfield, along with their team, will perform a live giant ice carving weighing 6,000 pounds. There will also be a warming tent free hot chocolate and several activities for kids.—–Online: Valent-Ice

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