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  • 2018 Award Winners!

    Results of the 2018 snowsuit fashion show, cardboard sled race, chili cook-off and ice sculpture competitions! Congrats to all the winners, and thank you to everyone who participated!

    Snowsuit Fashion Show
    Sub-zero Glamour: Aubrey
    Don't Laugh, It's Warm: Barb Chartier Raudonis
    Ugly but Functional: Ken Overholser
    Honorable Mentions: Dolly Harris, Trevor Holt & Brianna Hicket, Jon Pearsall, Mike Kelley, Patty Koules and Danny Raudonis

    Cardboard Sled Race

    Kids Division
    Distance: "Happy Campers"

    Design: "Blues Brothers"

    Team Spirit: "Scrub-Scrub"

    Adults/Families Division
    Distance: "Flying Penguins"

    Design: "The Force"

    Team Spirit: "Poo Pusher"

    Business/Organization Division
    Distance: Biggby Brew Crew

    Design: South Haven Garden Club

    Team Spirit: Mermaid Megafest

    Professional Chili Cook-off
    1st place: HawksHead Links

    2nd place: Tello

    3rd place: Captain Nemo's


    Amateur Ice Carving

    1st place: Elizabeth Andre, carving for Phoenix Street Cafe / Kitchen 527 (Octopus)

    2nd place: Rich Priestly, carving for Glik's (Sea Horse)

    3rd place: Shannon and Jerome Bajo, carving for The Depot (Owl)

    Professional Ice Carving

    1st place: Pat McKearnan, carving for Black River Books (Liberty Bell)

    2nd place: Stan Horne, carving for LawnBoys (Hummingbird)

    3rd place: Al Ruppert, carving for Clementines (Willie Wonka and Charlie in the elevator)


    Student/Novice Ice Carving


    1st place: Dr. Allan Caudill, Self Sponsored

    2nd place: Steve Earls, Greenridge - Shores Realty

    3rd place: Roxanne & Rich Leder, Decadent Dogs

    Queen's Cup: "Birdhouse" carved by Dr. Allan Caudill

  • The 25th annual Ice Breaker Festival will be February 2-4, 2018!

    The cool streets of South Haven will be blazing during the HOTTEST winter festival around! February 2-4, 2018, 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!! This second 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!!!

    NEW THIS YEAR, we are introducing the 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 4 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 3rd 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!

  • Cardboard Sled Race

    We're so excited for the 2nd annual Cardboard Sled Race! It will be held on Saturday, February 3rd. Registration is between 12pm and 3pm at the Southside Marina, and 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. There are 3 divisions: Kids (13 and under), Adults/Families, and Businesses/Organizations. In each category, we will award prizes and trophies for Creative Design, Team Spirit and Farthest Distance! No entry fee, come out and join the fun! Click HERE for the Registration and Rules.

    Sledding Penguin

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  • Ice Breaker Sweatshirts!

    We're doing a small run of Ice Breaker pull-over hoodies! Adult sizes only $30 (+$3 for XXL) Free pick-up or $7 shipping and handling. Call the Chamber of Commerce 269.637.5171 to reserve yours! (Payment due at time of order.)

    Ice Breaker Sweatshirt