GOSHEN, IND - Goshen's 4th annual ice carving and chili competition gets the First Fridays season off to a good start. The popular First Fridays event, Fire and Ice Festival, will take place Jan. 7 and 8.
This year's special attraction will be carved ice torches with real flames coming from the top!
“We try to add a new feature to the festival each year,” said First Fridays Director Grace Hunsberger.
New to the Chili Fire Competition is the addition of the Food Critics' Choice” for the best chili.
The Ice Festival* takes place Friday night, Jan. 7, and concludes with a sculpture competition on Saturday, Jan. 7.
Members of the Michiana Ice Carvers Association (MICA) will carve 300-pound blocks of ice in front of downtown stores on Friday from 5 - 9 p.m. Sculptures take form while shoppers take advantage of downtown business specials.
Then on Saturday, Jan. 8, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., the Ice Sculpture Competition** takes place on West Washington (between Main and 3rd streets), followed by an awards presentation at 2 p.m. Contestants will test their skills and carve elaborate competition pieces.
In the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang, this lady is happy to have achieved long noodles, they are eaten at New Year's Day and are considered lucky. They also represent a long life.
In this New Year we wish all our readers, friends and families a wonderful year full of good luck and prosperity.