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One good thing about the cold

Arctic Ice Festival is this weekend in downtown Sandusky.
Amanda Amsel
Jan 30, 2014

Celebrate winter with an annual festival that is educational and fun at the same time.

The Sandusky Maritime Museum is partnering with the Erie County Senior Center and the Sandusky Sailing Club to present the 5th annual Arctic Ice Festival from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, February 1 and Sunday, February 2 at their locations, 125 Meigs Street, 620 East Water Street and 742 East Water Street in Sandusky.

“There will be a variety of events going on each day at different locations,” said Annette Wells, executive director of the Sandusky Maritime Museum. “Some of the activities that will be going on will include winter themed arts and crafts, experiments by the Sandusky Children’s Museum and an ice rescue demonstration.”

There will also be an opportunity to get an close up look at iceboats and watch a race, see an ice sculpting competition and watch a block of ice get harvested.

“Watching ice get harvested is very educational because between the 1900 and 1950 ice harvesting was a huge industry in this area,” Wells said. “Before modern refrigeration people used ice to keep their food from spoiling and a large portion of that ice was from Lake Erie.”

The events during the weekend long celebration will be a combination of inside and outside activities. However, if the weather is particularly cold a majority of the activities will be moved inside.

“If you get cold you can stop by the Erie County Senior Center where they will be having a soup cook off,” Wells said. “Several area restaurants will be competing for the best soups in several different categories and judges will sample the soups and vote.”

Admission to the event is $1 a person per day.

“If you have the winter blues this is a great way to get outside, while also learning something new,” Wells said. “Also, this event is really inexpensive, so you can take the whole family and have a fun afternoon.”

For a complete list of activities going on during the Arctic Ice Festival, visit http://www.sanduskymaritime.org