York’s annual ice festival will be bigger in every way this winter!
More ice? Check.
Longer time period? Check.
More of the York area community? Check!
“This really is a win-win for all of us,” said Gene Draganosky, President & CEO of York Traditions Bank. “Not only are we kicking off the new year with our biggest celebration yet, but we are also doing so in a way that further serves the larger community in which we live and work. It is not yet safe to gather all of our friends and neighbors in one location at one time, so this year we will show our appreciation for this great community through a truly socially distanced, safe event.”
This year’s FestivICE will run from January 13-19.
York Traditions Bank and Eventive, the event planning and production division of the York Revolution, announced they would be joined this year by the York County Economic Alliance (YCEA) to bring FestivICE 2021 to life – and expand the event to the York County Heritage Rail Trail.
YCEA’s partnership means that in addition to intricately carved blocks of ice on display in downtown York, FestivICE’s 2021 event will include ice carvings displayed in five locations along the Heritage Rail Trail.
Sculptures will be placed at the start of the trail in York and along the trail in Seven Valleys, Glen Rock, Railroad, and New Freedom.
Continuing its long-time tradition, FestivICE will again serve as a nonprofit fundraiser, with $100 from each sponsored ice display going to the COVID-19 Response Fund. This fund was created earlier this year by the United Way of York County and the York County Community Foundation to provide critical funding to local nonprofit service agencies directly responding to our community’s immediate needs.
“FestivICE is just one of the many new efforts going on in our Trail Town communities, and this event will give a glimpse to visitors on what is going on throughout the county,” said Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill, 28th Senatorial District.
“We are thrilled to be part of a great York tradition and to bring this excitement to more communities,” said Silas Chamberlin, Vice President of Community & Economic Development, York County Economic Alliance. “Bringing FestivICE to the Heritage Rail Trail helps us reach a goal to ignite opportunities to activate the trail all year long, and it brings another great reason to visit the Trail Towns.”