The St. Clair Chamber of Commerce is hosting its fourth annual Icy Bazaar, scheduled for January 20-22.
There will be live ice sculptures at the St. Clair Riverview Plaza on Jan. 20 from 5pm to 10pm
“We were going to do the engraving on site (January 19th), but we may or may not be able to because of the weather because it’s supposed to be a little warmer that day,” said Bryan Ulatowski, president of the St. Clair Chamber of Commerce. “We’ll probably do more on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.”
Most of the weekend’s activities will take place on January 21st.22 live ice sculptures at Coughlin Jewelers and St. Clair Riverview Plaza from 1pm to 7pm Airbrush face painting at War Water Brewery from noon to 6pm Live circus performances at St. Clair Riverview Plaza from 1pm to 7pm
At around 4:30 p.m., there will be a speed ice sculpture competition in the courtyard of St. Clair Riverview Plaza. Five will be competing this year, Ulatovski said.
Around 7:30 p.m., there will be a 25-minute fireworks display in the courtyard of the St. Clair Riverview Plaza. After the show, the Detroit Rock City Kiss Tribute Band will perform for about an hour and a half.
“It’s going to be a big draw,” Ulatowski said.
He noted that organizers were trying to get the music to stop early so attendees could still visit the restaurants and bars on the plaza afterwards. The BloodStone Judas Priest Tribute Band will perform at the War Water Brewery from 10pm to midnight.
On January 22, St. Clair Riverview Plaza will once again stage live ice sculptures.They will start at 11am
Icy Bazaar will feature a food truck with donuts, cider and pretzels, as well as a food vendor with different sausages, Ulatowski said.
The ice sculptures will be done by Pfrosted, a company owned by Ulatowski’s niece, Katlin Pfropper, who will be the lead ice sculptor.
“We came up with this idea about four years ago, just to try it out,” Ulatowski said. “The first year we had 13 ice sculptures. This year we have 42. So it’s definitely going a little faster than we thought. It’s been a lot of fun doing it.”
Last year, 3,000 to 4,000 people attended, and with the expansion this year, organizers plan to have more than 5,000 attend, he said.
“We’ve been planning this event for a year,” Ulatowski said. “As soon as we finished the last one, we started planning this one, trying to make it a little bigger with something different. We’re already planning next year’s event now, trying to add more Winterfest-like events.”
Organizers hope to add vendors to next year’s event, he added.
For more information and a schedule of events at the St. Clair Ice Bazaar, visit facebook.com/icybazaar.