Nevada’s most creative winter festival returns on January 12th through 14th! This year will feature the events, tournaments, and excitement that we’ve come to love during Martin Luther King, Jr Weekend. Festivalgoers can also expect some new events that have been added this year.
On the 12th, the first official day of the festival, there are multiple ways to kick-off the weekend’s celebration. One way is to participate in White Pine Main Street’s Scavenger Hunt that is taking place all weekend long. Grab your clue sheets at participating businesses, print them from White Pine Main Street’s website or Facebook page, and they can also be found as an insert in this week’s newspapers. The drawing for the scavenger hunt prizes will go down 4:30 p.m. on Sunday live at The Space.
There will also be a mural tour taking place at 3:30 p.m. on Friday the 12th. Meet up at Taproot and you’ll be guided through our public art that winds through our downtown.
Following the mural tour, make sure you’re at the Bristlecone Convention Center at 6:00 p.m. for a free all ages concert. Broken Compass, a contemporary bluegrass band, will be playing the night away. Of course, the bar will be open and drinks will be available to purchase. What better way to end the first day of Fire and Ice with some hot bluegrass on a cold night and a tasty beverage? Did we mention it’s free?
In place of snow sculptures this year, this year’s Fire & Ice will feature a Massive Art Contest! Standing Free Walls will be placed down at Broadbent Park for participants to decorate. The theme is “Fire & Ice!” Your team’s piece can be painted onto the board, hot glued, a mosaic, or whatever you want to do! The only criteria is that the artwork is on the board and is on theme. Just like the snow sculptures of the past, this includes major cash prizes for the best artwork.
YOU MUST REGISTER TO PARTICIPATE! Free to register, just come in or call the Bristlecone Convention Center at (775) 289-3720. Registration closes this Thursday the 11th at 12:00pm. Teams can start decorating their wall at 8:00am on Friday and must be finished by 2:00pm on Sunday for judging!
Fire & Ice always showcases how unbelievably creative and hardworking our community is. Can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with this year!
Saturday the 13th is the day of tournaments! The entire community never fails to get involved with Fire and Ice, and this year is no different. It will all begin at 8:00 a.m. sharp with Ely Outdoor Enthusiasts’ Birkebeiner Winterfest. Putting the athletics into our festival, the Birke is a fantastic winter loop.
Darts tournament at the VFW Hall, bowling tournament at Sunset Lanes, billiards/pool tournament at Shooter’s, and downtown businesses are especially open. An entire list of events can be found at ElyNevada.net.
Two train rides will happen on Saturday. The first is at 1:00 p.m. and is Locomotives 93’s 115th Birthday Train! Our traditional and spectacular fireworks off the back of the moving Nevada Northern Railway locomotive will happen once again at 6:00 p.m. Once the train returns to the station, the art sculpture bonfire at the railyard can begin to be burned away when the train returns to the station. Following the bonfire, head over to The Outpost for karaoke!
We will finish out Fire and Ice at Broadbent Park on Sunday the 14th. The list of activities on our final day will leave you satisfied and appreciative with having Monday off. This is where we will have axe throwing, cornhole, the horseshoe tournament, and fireworks will be at 5:30 p.m. Right after the fireworks display, walk immediately to The Space because Left of Centre will be performing to end the night and the festival. It will be the party of the weekend you don’t want to miss.
We’ll see you here and we can’t wait to celebrate all that White Pine County offers during the winter months with a festival for all ages!