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  • The 24th Annual Ice Breaker Festival will be February 3-5, 2017!

    The cool streets of South Haven will be blazing during the HOTTEST winter festival around! February 3-5, 2017, sleepy South Haven will fill up with locals and visitors checking out the AMAZING ice sculptures, tasting DELICIOUS chili, enjoying SPECTACULAR food and drink specials featured in the pub slide, and having FUN ice skating, curling, taking a horse-drawn wagon ride, shopping favorite stores and reconnecting with friends! So mark your calendars!

    Along with our tried-and-true events, we're bringing back the Snowsuit Fashion Competition that was so much fun last year! This second annual competition will be held on Friday night, and we'd love to see you strut your craziest winter outfit for a chance to win prizes and trophies!

    But that's not all! NEW THIS YEAR: We're holding our first ever Cardboard Sled Race! We want everyone to participate by building a crazy or cool cardboard sled. It can advertise your business, pay tribute to your favorite fictional (or real) character, or just be your vision of a COOL design! There's no fee to enter, and anyone can participate- individually or as a team. You'll have a chance to show off your sled before taking it for a ride down the hill TO GLORY! This is a family-friendly event, so sled designs must be appropriate for kids. Compete for prizes in several categories including crowd favorite, cool style and overall speed. Click here to download the PDF entry form, or stop into the Chamber office for a paper copy!

    Corporate sponsorships are now available! Check out the menu here, or e-mail us for more information.

    Make plans now to join us for the HOTTEST festival in town!

  • Ice Breaker Events, Participants and Schedule... in progress...

    Details are rolling in, and this information will be updated periodically prior to the official brochure being released near the end of January. Please check back for further details as the festival approaches!

    Saturday, January 28th at 12:30pm - Pre-Festival
    "Learn to Carve" Expert Ice Carving Instruction and Demonstration!
    Sponsored by Village Market, 08337 M-140 Hwy South Haven
    Instructors Chef Joel Gesiakowski and Lou Rodriquez
    FREE for carvers who will be competing in the ice sculpture competition on Feb 4th. 
    Must Pre-register by calling the Chamber at (269) 637-5171.
    Village Market interdepartmental Chili Cook-off will be held at the same time, and everyone is invited to sample chili and vote on your favorite!

    Friday, February 3rd

    Break the Ice 5k/Frosty Dash Late Registration & Packet Pickup
    South Haven High School Cafeteria, 600 Elkenburg St.
    5pm-7pm

    Glow Skate Party at the Ice Rink
    Get 1 free glow stick with admission (regular admission/rental fees apply)
    5pm-9pm

    Snowsuit Fashion Contest
    7pm at Brix Corner Oven, 402 Eagle St.
    FREE to enter! Prizes for most fun, funky and functional winter wear in categories such as "sub-zero glamour" and "don't judge me, it's warm!" Come to compete, or come to watch!

    "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" presented by Our Town Players
    7:30pm at Listiak Auditorium, 600 Elkenburg St.

    Pub Slide Begins...

    Saturday, February 4th

    Ice Carving Competition
    8am carving begins, 1pm judging
    tour the town to see all 50 fabulous ice sculptures!

    Relay for Life Rummage Sale
    Fundraiser for Relay for Life
    City Hall- Council Chambers, 539 Phoenix St.
    8am-1pm

    Break the Ice 5K/Frosty Dash Late Registration & Packet Pickup
    Lower Level of Black River Tavern
    8am-9:45am

    Learn to Curl
    Presented by Lawn Boys at Ice Rink
    $15 per person
    9am-12noon

    Warm Hearts for Cold Noses
    Fundraiser for Al-Van Humane Society, a no-kill shelter
    "Barking Bloody Mary" or "Meowing Mimosa"
    Sophie's, 272 Broadway St.
    9am-1pm

    Break the Ice 5K Run/Walk
    Fundraiser for South Haven Middle & High School Track & Cross Country Teams
    10am Start line near the corner of Kalamazoo St. & Eagle St.

    Animals in Winter Story, Crafts & Experiment
    Kids pre-school and up
    South Haven Memorial Library Community Room
    Children's stories, a cool polar bear craft, an ice cube experiment, a matching animal tracks game and making a bird feeder.
    10-11am

    Frosty Dash Kids Run
    Fundraiser for the South Haven Middle & High School Track & Cross Country Teams
    Kids 10 and under
    11am Water St. near South Marina

    Photo Booth at the Living Room
    Free Family Fun at LifeBridge Church's Living Room at 520 Phoenix St.
    11am-3p

    Heat the Streets
    S'more Roasting Fundraiser for Boy Scout Troop #198
    Near Clementine's at Phoenix & Center St.
    11am-4pm

    Shuttle Bus Service to American Legion and Moose Lodge
    Complimentary rides sponsored by American Legion & Moose Lodge
    Pickup/drop-off at Legion, Moose and back parking lot of City Hall (Williams St. lot)
    11am-10pm

    Chili Cook-off
    Free Chili Samples for your Judging!
    Sample Chili all over town! Check out the list of participating restaurants at right. Map included in brochure.
    12pm-3pm

    Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides
    Complimentary Rides Sponsored by Chemical Bank
    Rides begin at Chemical Bank's Drive-Through on Center St.
    12pm-4pm

    Reggae Lou
    Concert to benefit Foundry Hall's Rhythm on the River
    Free admission, donations greatly appreciated!
    Lower level of Black River Tavern
    12-4pm

    "Bumble" Abominable Snowman Skate
    Join "Bumble", the Abominable Snowman (from the classic stop-motion movie Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer) at the Ice Rink! (normal rental fees apply) Parents, bring your cameras!
    1-2pm

    Valentine Crafts
    South Haven Center for the Arts
    Drop-in crafts for the whole family! Make heart-shaped scratch art or a Valentines necklace!
    2-4pm

    NEW THIS YEAR: Cardboard Sled Races!
    Sponsored by Masters Chiropractic & Rehabilitation
    Get a team together to compete by building your own cardboard sled! Or just come and watch the fun!
    3:30pm at the Lighthouse Keeper's sledding hill at 91 Michigan Ave.

    Glow Skate Party at Ice Rink
    Get 1 free glow stick with admission (regular admission/rental fees apply)
    5-9pm

    Ice Breaker Awards Ceremony
    Awards will be presented to Chili Cook-off winners, ice sculpture contest winners, and cardboard sled race winners
    Hosted by American Legion Post #49, 129 Michigan Ave.
    6pm

    "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" presented by Our Town Players
    7:30pm at Listiak Auditorium, 600 Elkenburg St.

    Pub Slide continues...

    Sunday, February 5th

    Pub Slide continues...

    Super Soup Luncheon
    Fundraiser for We Care I.N.C.'s Warm Your Heart heating assistance ministry
    At St. Basil Catholic Church- lower level
    Soups are donated by area restaurants
    12-2pm

    "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" presented by Our Town Players
    3pm at Listiak Auditorium, 600 Elkenburg St.

    More information will be added as events and participants are confirmed!

  • 2017 Ice Breaker Sponsors