GOSHEN — Even without the popular annual chili contest there will still be plenty of “fire” to go with the ice during January’s First Fridays.
After being a two-day event for several years, the seventh annual Fire and Ice Festival will pack all the events into just one night.
This year’s festival will still feature many of the favorite activities, though, including the ice carving competition, marshmallow roasting and the literal fire and ice tower on Lincoln Avenue.
The activities kick off early on Friday, Jan. 3. At 2 p.m., members of the Michiana Ice Carvers Association (MICA) will begin carving their 300-pound blocks of ice in front of downtown stores.
Downtown Goshen Inc. expects more than 30 sculptures by the time carvers are finished.
Those taking in the carving can also participate by voting for their favorite sculpture on the First Fridays Facebook page. A gallery of finished pieces will be posted before midnight Friday and the three photos with the most “likes” by the end of Monday will be named the winners.
The tower of fire and ice will be set up this year on Lincoln Avenue between Main and Third streets. The tower will be lit at 7 p.m.
There will be much more “fire” to complement the ice on Friday.
Marshmallow roasting will be set up on Lincoln near the fire and ice tower. Pyrotation Nation will bring fire dancers and spinners in the same area. And downtown patrons can stay cozy throughout the evening at the various warming stations that will line Lincoln Avenue.
And yes, there will even be some chili available. Though there is no contest this year, 2013 contest winner Maple City Market will be serving its winning chili all night at 314 S. Main St.
Goshen City Church of the Brethren, 203 N. Fifth St., will also serve chili. Diners there can enjoy the music from the Boomer Boys.
A few non-festival related activities will be offered as well.
Art House Cinema will hold a soft opening in the former New World Arts space at 211 S. Main St. on the second floor.
Art House will offer snacks and refreshments while screening a few micro-short films in their new seating and lounge area.
The Exchange Business Suites, located on the second floor of Menno Travel, will also be open for a preview of what the suites can offer when finished. The entrance for the space is between Menno Travel and the Goshen Theater.
For more information on Friday’s Fire and Ice Festival visit cityonthego.org/first-Fridays.
2 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3: Ice sculpture carving, various downtown locations
5 to 7:30 p.m.: Fire and Ice Tower, Lincoln Avenue between Main and Third streets
5 to 8 p.m.: Exchange Business Suites preview, 210 S. Main St.
5 to 9 p.m.: 2013 contest-winning chili, Maple City Market, 314 S. Main St.
5 to 9 p.m.: Art House soft opening, 211 S. Main St., Suite B
5 to 9 p.m.: Warming stations, Lincoln Avenue
5:30 p.m.: Boomer Boys and chili, Goshen City Church of the Brethren, 203 N. Fifth St.
6 to 7:30 p.m.: Pyrotation Nation, Lincoln Avenue between Main and Third streets
6 to 8 p.m.: Marshmallow roasting, Lincoln Avenue between Main and Third streets