LOGAN — A Logan tradition resumes this weekend to celebrate winter in its iciest form.
Presented by Logan Town Center, the sixth annual 2022 Frozen Festival this Saturday, Jan. 15, will feature ice sculptures, games, food, downtown businesses and more.
Logan Town Center President Drew Davidson, and co-owner of Hocking Hills Winery, told The Logan Daily News Monday that the festival will be unlike any other before.
Just under 40 community sculptures, hand-carved by Rock on Ice, will line two blocks of Main Street, Davidson said. Mulberry Street to Spring Street will be closed to traffic, he added, a new feature of the festival.
“Rock on Ice will be doing live ice carving demonstrations,” Davidson said. “They’ll also have ice games that will be happening in the intersection of Main and Market (near the courthouse). We’ll have ice air hockey and ice cornhole and games like that. There’ll be an ice sculpture picture frame that people can get their picture taken inside of.”
The live ice carving demonstrations will be throughout Main Street, too, Davidson said. “The carvings will be facing Main Street and as people walk down the street, they’ll see the various carvings done by Rock on Ice and purchased by the sponsors.” Many of the festival’s sponsors are downtown Logan and Hocking County businesses, he added.
Many downtown businesses will be open during the Frozen Festival, Davidson said. However, food trucks will be coming to town for the festival fun, too. The festival reflects the mission of the Logan Town Center.
“We are a downtown group that is dedicated to advancing and preserving the vitality of downtown Logan. We do that through a number of different ways,” Davidson said, adding that the Frozen Festival and, soon, the Washboard Fest are Logan Town Center’s primary fundraising tools.
Logan Town Center also organizes the Jack-O’-Lantern Jubilee. The organization then takes its proceeds and does “various grants and investments in things that will enhance downtown,” Davidson said.
To the newly appointed Logan Town Center president, the Frozen Festival is “a lot of fun.”
“It’s a great way and unique way to highlight the various businesses and people that contribute to the community — walking down the street and seeing these beautiful (hand-carved) sculptures are different,” Davidson said. “These beautiful works of art that represent everyone who’s committed to making Logan everything it can be.”
The festival will also feature music from 98.3 Sam FM from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., hot chocolate and a 4H sale. “It’s just a great way to come down and have a lot of fun,” Davidson said.
Weather forecasts are also predicting afternoon snow on Saturday, Davidson said. According to AccuWeather, Logan will see a high of 34 degrees Fahrenheit Saturday.
According to the Hocking Hills Tourism Association (HHTA), the Frozen Festival immediately follows the 56th annual Winter Hike at Hocking Hills State Park (9–11 a.m., Old Man’s Cave to Ash Cave, six miles). The Frozen Festival begins at noon and concludes around 6 p.m. in Logan.
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