Saturday, January 13th, 2018, marked the 6th year of Icestravaganza! It’s an annual event held in downtown Davenport outside of the Freight House Farmer’s Market from 11am – 4pm, with an after party following from 6 – 8pm.
Over 20,000 pounds of ice were brought in for several different ice sculptures created and placed throughout the event. This year was a pirate theme, with an ice ship, castle, and mermaids!
During the daytime event, there were many activities for families, such as different games like ice bags or ice ring toss, prize raffle giveaways, and story time by the Davenport Public Library.
The daytime festivities were free to the public. The Farmer’s Market extended its operating hours in order to stay open the whole time. This was a nice, warm reprieve for while it was very sunny outside, it was also very cold.
There were ice sculptures being created throughout the day, enabling the crowd to watch the artists at work using various blades, heating elements, and even chainsaws.
The evening event for was for ages 21 and up only. There was a live DJ, cocktails and beers, and a beautiful ice bar. The pre-tickets were sold out on the day of, making it a popular addition to this year’s celebration. It was fun to see the ice sculptures lit up at night. They were beautiful.
As the event continues to grow each year, from number of attendees to amount of ice and sponsors, Icestravaganza is here to stay. I look forward to next year and making it a new winter time tradition. Just be sure to dress warm!