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  • The 26th annual Ice Breaker Festival will be February 1-3, 2019!

    The cool streets of South Haven will be blazing during the HOTTEST winter festival around! February 1-3, 2019, 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, CHEERING for your team at the cardboard sled race, and having FUN ice skating, curling, FLINGING a FROZEN FISH, 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 Cardboard Sled Race that was a CRAZY amount of fun last year!! The third annual competition will be held at the Coast Guard Hill on Saturday afternoon, and we'd love to see your crazy cool cardboard creation slide down the hill! Your cardboard sled 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 and age groups. Even if you don't compete, come out to watch the fun- this is an event you DON'T WANT TO MISS!!!

    Back by POPULAR DEMAND will be the second annual FROZEN FISH FLING! Fling a frozen fish the farthest and win cash! Top 3 flings win trophies and unique bragging rights! YES, we will be using REAL FROZEN FISH for this event (not to worry, we are not wasting food- we have sourced non-edible sucker fish and will also be repurposing them after the event). Kids can fling a fish too, but they'll get to throw the rubber ones! Adults pay $5 per fling, kids pay $1. The farthest adult fling wins 1/2 the cash! All kids get a prize. This event is only 1 hour- from 2-3pm on Saturday, February 2nd near the South Marina. It's sure to be fun to watch and even more fun to fling! Don't miss it!

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

    Sponsorship opportunities are available now. Click HERE to get involved!

  • Cardboard Sled Race

    We're so excited for the 3rd annual Cardboard Sled Race! It will be held on Saturday, February 2nd. Registration is between 1pm and 3pm at the Southside Marina. You must register in order to compete. The race will be held at the Lighthouse Keeper's hill (sometimes called Coast Guard Hill) at the corner of Michigan and St. Joseph St. at 3:30pm. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards will be given in 3 divisions: Kids (13 and under), Adults & Families, and Business/Organizations. We've updated the scoring this year based on experience and feedback- teams will be scored solely on sled design and team spirit. The downhill race is for exhibition only and does not contribute to scoring this year, however teams must participate in the downhill "race" to be eligible for prizes. Click HERE for the 2019 registration and rules. Start planning your winning sled and gather your winning team. Let's have another WILDLY FUN Cardboard Sled Race!!!


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  • In-progress 2019 Ice Breaker Festival Schedule (more events and details will be added as they are confirmed):

    Friday, February 1
    Break the Ice 5K/Frosty Dash
    Late Registration & Packet Pickup
    South Haven HS Main Entrance, 600 Elkenburg
    5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Glow Skate Party at Ice Rink
    Get 1 free glow stick with admission
    (regular admission/rental fees apply)
    5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Snowsuit Fashion Contest
    South Haven Brewpub, 555 Williams St.
    Free to enter! Prizes for the most fun, funky & functional winter wear in
    categories such as “sub-zero glamour” & “don’t judge me, it’s warm!”
    Warm Hearts for Cold Noses
    Fundraiser for Al-Van Humane Society- a no-kill shelter.
    South Haven Brewpub, 555 Williams St.
    Dr. Evil and the Basket of Kittens
    Presented by Our Town Players
    Listiak Auditorium, 600 Elkenburg St.
    Pub Slide Begins…
    Check Pub Slide Insert for Entertainment & Specials!

    Saturday, February 2
    Ice Carving Competition
    7:00am Carving Begins; 1:00pm Judging
    Relay for Life Rummage Sale Fundraiser
    City Hall - Council Chambers, 539 Phoenix St.
    8:00am - 12:00pm
    Break the Ice 5K/Frosty Dash Late Registration
    River Bottom (Lower Level of Black River Tavern)
    8:00am - 9:45am
    Learn to Curl
    Presented by Lawn Boys at Ice Rink
    $15 Per Person
    9:00am - 12:00pm
    Break the Ice 5K Run/Walk
    Fundraiser for SHMS&HS Track & Cross Country Teams
    Race begins near corner of Kalamazoo St. & Eagle St.
    10:00am, awards to follow at South Side Marina on Water St.
    Chilly Fun at South Haven Memorial Library
    Drop in crafts, games and stories with “chilly” themes- mittens and penguins! Suitable for Pre-K and older kids.
    South Haven Memorial Library, 314 Broadway St.
    10:00am - 11:00am
    Frosty Dash Kids Run
    Fundraiser for SHMS&HS Track & Cross Country Teams
    Kids 10 and under, South Side Marina on Water St.
    Family Fun at First United Methodist Church
    Drop in cookie decorating, games & crafts suitable for kids and families!
    First United Methodist Church, 429 Michigan Ave. (at Center St.)
    11:00am - 12:00pm

    Photo Booth
    Presented by LifeBridge Church
    Free Family Fun at the Living Room, 520 Phoenix St.
    11:00am - 2:00pm
    Heat the Streets
    S’more Roasting Fundraiser for Boy Scout Troop #198
    Near Clementine’s at Phoenix St. & Center St.
    11:00am - 4:00pm
    Shuttle Bus Service to American Legion, VFW and Moose Lodge
    Complimentary Rides Sponsored by American Legion, VFW & Moose Lodge
    See “Event Shuttle” details at right.
    11:00am - 10:00pm
    Chili Cook-off
    Presented by South Haven Area Chamber of Commerce
    Free chili samples for your judging. Ballots must be submitted by 3:10pm
    12:00pm - 3:00pm (see reverse for map)
    Cardboard Sled Race Registration and Preview
    Sponsored by Lakeview Vacation Rentals
    Register your team and check out some of the competing sleds! Sleds MUST register to compete!
    South Marina on Water St.
    1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides
    Complimentary Rides Sponsored by Chemical Bank
    Board at Chemical Bank’s drive-thru on Center St.
    12:00pm - 4:00pm

    Make a Craft at South Haven Center for the Arts!
    Bring the family to the SHCA for Make & Take Watercolors on Ice and Light Catchers to brighten your winter season!
    South Haven Center for the Arts, 600 Phoenix St. (at Broadway St.)
    1:00pm - 3:00pm

    Super Smash Brothers Ultimate Tournament!
    Double elimination squad strike! $5 entry fee
    Hideaway Gaming, 250 Broadway St. Unit 4
    1:00pm - 6:00pm
    Frozen Fish Fling!
    Sponsored by National Blueberry Festival
    Fling a frozen fish! Farthest fling wins cash! $5 adults, $1 kids
    2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Cardboard Sled Race
    Sponsored by Re/Max– Lakeshore
    Lighthouse Keepers House Sledding Hill, 91 Michigan Ave.
    3:30pm (sleds must register in advance at marina 1-3pm)
    Glow Skate Party at Ice Rink
    Get 1 free glow stick with admission (regular fees apply)
    5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Ice Breaker Awards Reception!
    American Legion Post #49, 129 Michigan Ave.
    Ice Carving, Chili Cook-Off & Cardboard Sled Race Awards!
    Dr. Evil and the Basket of Kittens
    Presented by Our Town Players
    Listiak Auditorium, 600 Elkenburg St.
    Pub Slide ALL DAY…
    See Pub Slide Insert for entertainment and specials!
    Sunday, February 3rd

    Pub Slide Continues…
    Check Pub Slide insert for “Super”
    entertainment and drink specials!
    Dr. Evil and the Basket of Kittens
    Presented by Our Town Players
    Listiak Auditorium, 600 Elkenburg St.