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Sandusky's Arctic Ice Festival has winter activities galore

Ice rescue demonstration at the Arctic Ice Festival
Ice rescue demonstration at the Arctic Ice Festival
courtesy Sandusky Arctic Ice Festival

The city of Sandusky (located an hour west of Cleveland off Ohio Turnpike Exit 118) is offering visitors a chance to embrace the glories of winter with a multitude of family-friendly, fun and educational activities at their free annual Arctic Ice Festival on Saturday, February 1 and Sunday, February 2. from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Arctic Ice Festival Taking place along the Sandusky waterfront at the Maritime Museum, the Sandusky Sailing Club and the Erie County Senior Center, this year's Arctic Ice Festival is offering activities like ice skating, ice carving and a historical speaker.

Highlight activities of the Festival include ice boat racing, an ice carving demonstration, ice fishing and ice rescue demonstrations in addition to ice harvesting demonstrations.

Special Historical Note: Known for its history of ice harvesting, the city of Sandusky would harvest and store natural ice with crews working 11-14 hour shifts, 7 days a week to fill icehouses.

The Erie County Senior Center will have a Soup Cook-Off on Saturday, February 1. There is a small fee for admission but you will be able to sample all the soups in the competition.

While at the Festival make sure you make a stop at the Maritime Museum and take a tour. There will be lots of activities for the children to enjoy.

For more information about the Arctic Ice Festival call 419-621-0274 or get online at www.sanduskymaritime.org.

The Maritime Museum is located at 125 Meigs St. The Sandusky Sailing Club is located at 720 E.Water St. and the Erie County Senior Center is located at 620 E. Water St. in Sandusky, Ohio. It is approximately a one hour drive from Cleveland.