The 25th annual Zehnder’s Snowfest in Frankenmuth, Michigan will give visitors the chance to experience larger-than-life snow and ice masterpieces created by professional snow and ice carvers from around the world starting Wednesday. January 27 through Monday, February 1. Admission is free. It is approximately a 4 hour drive from Cleveland to Frankenmuth.
Host to one of the top snow sculpture events in North America, it is estimated that Zehnder’s Snowfest has attracted more than two million guests to the international snow and ice sculpture competitions during its 25 years. The event also includes the National Collegiate Ice Carving Championship and the Collegiate Ice Carving “Under the Stars” competition in addition to a High School Snow Sculpture competition.
One of the highlights of Snowfest will be the 100 block creation by Greg Butanski, an award-winning certified Master Ice Sculptor and his team. The sculpture will be in the Zehnder’s Restaurant parking lot on Main St. Be sure to stop by and watch as it is being created. Other ice carvings and snow sculptures will be displayed throughout the town. Other Snowfest activities include a free petting zoo and pony rides ($2) in the Children’s Play Area, a children’s snow sculpting event and carousel rides (located in Zehnder’s parking lot) for $2. And make sure you stay for the huge fireworks display on Sunday, January 31 at 6:45 p.m.
A Warming Tent will be provided for visitors featuring food and hot and cold beverages for sale in addition to exhibits and live musical entertainment.. Warming Tent activities include Michigan’s Favorite Apple Recipe Contest (Wednesday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.), Bingo (Thursday from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.) and Karaoke Contest Finals (Friday at 6 p.m.) with a cover charge of $5 after 6 p.m.
On Monday, February 1, Snowfest will be hosting the 24th annual Chef’s Hot Food Competition and Tasting from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Zehnder’s Restaurant. Admission is $30 per person. Admission to Snowfest is free but there is a small fee for some of the activities.
For those visitors wishing to stay overnight in the area, check out the Bavarian Inn (989-652-7200), the Holiday Inn Express (989-652-8100) or the Drury Inn & Suites (989-652-2800). Call for exact pricing, availability or to make reservations.
For more information about Snowfest or about Frankenmuth in general, call 800-863-7999 or get online at www.zehnders.com. Frankenmuth, Michigan is a 4 hour drive from Cleveland and can be reached via Exit 136 on I-75.