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Bethany Beach Fire & Ice Festival Returns Jan. 25-27

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­­­Bethany Beach is usually celebrated for its surf and sand. But come late January, visitors lace up their skates, slip on their mittens and head downtown for the Fire & Ice Festival.

Organized by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, the inaugural festival in 2018 made such a splash that it received the Southern Delaware Tourism Award for Best New Event.

 

Photos Courtesy of Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce

 

About 4,000 visitors from 12 states descended on the Mayberry-esque town to marvel at 22 ice sculptures, live sculpting demonstrations and a performance by Cascading Carlos, a Guinness World Record-holding fire juggler.

This year’s theme is “Under the Sea.” The frozen creations are located throughout the town so you can shop, sip and sup in area businesses as you make the stroll. The largest sculpture, which takes up to six hours to create, will be carved live on the Bethany Bandstand on Saturday. For a prime viewing area, attend the party on Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. at Mango’s, which has an oceanfront balcony. Tickets are $35, which includes music by the Funsters, a silent auction, light hors d’oeuvres and desserts. There’s also a cash bar.

 

Photo Courtesy of Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce

 

In addition to the colossal sculptures, the festival will again feature the Southern Delaware Tourism ice rink by the playground at Pennsylvania and Garfield avenues. The $5 admission fee includes the skate rental and 30 minutes on the ice. All the proceeds will benefit Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation.

Make a weekend of it at Bethany Beach Ocean Suites and Holiday Inn Express, which are offering special rates to attendees.

Visit fireandicede.com for a schedule of events.

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