SOMERSET COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ)– The 27th annual Fire and Ice festival in Somerset is around the corner featuring an assortment of community events for the whole family.

The festival is coming to Somerset from January 14th through the 16th. The event is set up to deliver a ton of fun, with live music, carriage rides, a chili cook-off, and of course everyone’s favorite, the famous ice sculptures.

“At the fire and ice festival, you will see the streets lined with ice sculptures and this year we’ll have 48 ice sculptures, plus a life-sized ice slide with 20 blocks of ice that is rideable by adults and children,” Jocelyn Hartman, with Somerset Inc. said.

Events last all weekend long and are both indoor and outdoor, in uptown Somerset, “From Fireside Lounge, which features beer, wine and spirits for adults, to kids events, like a children’s center story stroll which guides you through a book,” Hartman said.

“Every year we have fire pits that people can stand by and stay warm, and this year for the first time, we’ll have a fire-breather, he’s going to perform for us Saturday twice throughout the day, Hartman said.

Hartman says thousands of people visit Somerset during the festival and enjoy the local eateries and vendors, “fire and ice is really an event made up of small events, so local organizations will host different things and come together to make them happen,” Hartman said.



Ice Sculpture Displays
Friday until ice melts!
47 Ice Sculptures lining Uptown

Fire & Ice Headquarters
Friday: 2-8 PM, Saturday: 10-8 PM, Sunday: 10-4 PM at 130 N. Center Ave.
Pins & more sold here, Festival Information, Window & Interior Decorating Contest Voting

Indoor Marketplace
Friday: 3-8 PM, Saturday: 10-8 PM, Sunday: 11-4 PM at 109 W. Main St.
Artisan & Vendor Market & Face Painting

Carriage Rides
Friday: 5-8PM, Saturday: 11-4PM, Sunday: 10-4PM on the Diamond
$5 per person

1ST Summit Bank Ice Slide in the Park
Dawn to Dusk in Trinity Park
Free all weekend

Beer, Wine, & Spirits “Fireside Lounge”
Friday: 4-8PM, Saturday: 10-8PM, Sunday: 11-3PM at 113 East Main St.
Tall Pines Distillery, Disobedient Spirits, Whitehorse Brewery, Glades Pike Winery, Rusty Musket Distilling Co.

Food Trucks
Friday: 3-7PM, Saturday: 10-7PM, Sunday: 10-5PM on N. Center Ave. & Main St. Uptown
Pappy D’s, Stairs In Town, Mountain Kettle Korn, Twisted Potato, & Rollie Pollie Egg Roll, Summit Diner, Klosky’s Hunky Cuisine

Escape Room Somerset Pop-Up Shop
Friday: 3-8 PM, Saturday: 10-8 PM, Sunday: 11-4 PM at 130 W. Main St.
Winter Carnival Escape Room + Scavenger Hunt option | $10 per person, open to groups and children

Fire & Ice Photo Scavenger Hunt
Friday – Sunday, Pick up list as Essentials for Health, 109 W. Main St.
Find all the pictures for a chance to win a gift card to Little Italy’s

Laurel Highlands Model Railroad Club Train Display
Friday: 3-7PM, Saturday: 9-?PM, Sunday: 12-5PM at 216 W. Main St.

Used Book & Engraved Brick Sale at Mary S. Biesecker Library
Friday: 10-6 PM, Saturday: 10-6 PM, Sunday: 10-4 PM at 230 S. Rosina Ave

Story Stroll
Friday – Sunday, Start at Mary S. Biesecker Library
Travel around uptown reading Eli’s First Winter Carnival in shops windows


Window Decorating Contest Judging
Judging Friday at 9 AM
People’s Choice Voting at Headquarters all weekend

Free S’mores Station
4-8 PM
Fraternal Order of Eagles, 110 S. Edgewood Ave.

Fiddle & Folk Band Performance
Fireside Lounge, 113 E. Main St.

Fireworks by Little Big Shots
On the Diamond

JD & Cindy Band Performance
Following the Fireworks until 8 PM
Somerset Trust Company on W. Main

Mastro Ice Carving Demonstration
Following the Fireworks
On the Diamond

The Boomers Band Performance
8-11 PM
Upstairs of the Somerset American Legion, 162 W Main St.


The 24th Annual Running of the Fire & Ice 5K Run/Walk
Race begins at 10 AM, Walk at 10:01 AM
Somerset Junior High School, 645 S. Columbia Ave.

Winter Carnival Children’s Center
10 AM – 2 PM
First Christian Church, 139 E Main St, Somerset

Soup Sale by First Christian Church
10 AM – 2 PM
First Christian Church, 139 E Main St, Somerset

Glades Pike Troubadours Acoustic Performances
10 AM-12 PM: Zay + Tay, 1PM – 3PM: Damon Schrift
101 W. Main St.

The Fire Breather – Stephen Michalowski
12 PM & 1:30 PM
Trinity Park & One Free Spirit Boutique

Community Resource Fair
10 AM – 4 PM
Mosholder Insurance basement, 135 W. Main St.

Caricatures by Roy Kochinka Art
12 PM-2 PM, suggested donation of $10
Headquarters, 130 N. Center Ave.

Fellowship of the Strings Band Performance
1-3 PM
Fireside Lounge, 113 E. Main St.

Double Deception Illusionist Performance
2 PM
First Christian Church, 139 E Main St.

Hot Stuff Chili & Sensational Soup Cook-Off
3-5 PM, $6 or a Pin gets you in
Basement of the Somerset American Legion, 162 W Main St

Tim & Stacey Band Performance
5-7 PM
Fireside Lounge, 113 E. Main St.

Krazy Kat Daddies Band Performance
8-11 PM, $5 or a pin gets you in
Fraternal Order of Eagles, 110 S. Edgewood Ave.


Complete Roast Beef or Ham Dinner by Somerset Volunteer Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary
11-2PM, $12 per person
St. Paul’s UCC, 340 W. Union St.

Damon Shrift (Acoustic)
1-3 PM
Fireside Lounge, 113 E. Main St.

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