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 2 and Sunday, February 3 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 speaker on the subject of 'The History of Ice Boats".
Highlight activities of the Festival include ice boat racing, an ice sculpture display, an ice carving demonstration 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.
Don't forget to check out the cross country skiing and sledding activities at the Mills Creek Golf Course (weather permitting).
Visitors will also have to the opportunity to participate in an amateur ice carving competition on Sunday.
The Erie County Senior Center will have a Soup Cook-Off on Saturday, February 2 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Admission is $3 and 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 Street. The Sandusky Sailing Club is located at 720 E. Water Street and the Erie County Senior Center is located at 620 E. Water Street in Sandusky, Ohio. It is approximately a one hour drive from Cleveland.