Ice bar & garden gives BG a place to chill


Winterfest BG Chillabration is back for 2018 even bigger and better than last year. The Saturday evening of live bands, incredible ice bar and amazing ice garden met with rave reviews.  This year the heated Frozen Swamp Tent will not only provide shelter for live music from 4 – 11 pm, it will also present the first ever Winter Market from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  All this happens in the Huntington parking lot on the corner of Clough and S. Main Streets.

This is also the location for our beautiful ice garden and live ice carving demonstrations.  The ice garden officially opens at 10 am. This year we will host mascots from 10 am – 6 pm and they will be the models for our extremely talented ice carvers from Ice Creations.  This is sure to be a hit with every age group.  The schedule of these live sculptures and appearances are:  10 am – Bobby and Betty Bobcat, Noon – Walleyes’ Spike and Cat Trick, 2 pm – Freddie and Frieda Falcon, 4 pm – Mario, Sonic and Crash Bandicoot.  Many thanks to the sponsors of these live demonstrations; Almar Property Management, Greenbriar Inc., Thayer Honda and Walmart and to those that made it possible for us to have all these great mascots at our event; The Mud Hens, BGSU Athletics, Bowling Green City Schools and Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Retro.   There will be Mud Hens tickets given away as a part of the Walleyes sculpture demonstration and Thayer Honda will have giveaways including a $100 Visa Card during the last demonstration of the day.  BGSU Athletics will be on hand to let us know about the special programs they have going on too!

Our incredible 6 foot ice bar that will be unveiled at 4 p.m. was sponsored by Nate and Wally’s Fish Bowl, Everyday People and Uptown/Downtown. They are all businesses in Downtown Bowling Green.   The design is under wraps and is sure to be one of the “coolest” sculptures of this event.

The ice garden sculptures this year offer everything from a huge piggy bank to a tricycle.  Those that attend will have a chance to win prizes at the following sponsored sculptures:  Elite Collegiate Apparel, Howards Club H, Sundae Station and For Keeps Gifts is offering customers a special when they stop in and say what was inside their sculpture.  We received ice sculpture sponsorships from all of these businesses too:  Heritage Corners, BGSU, Copy Shop, Banfax Exterminating, Ben Franklin Crafts, Randall Roberts, CPA, Wood County Insurance, Main Street Ace Hardware, The Sentinel-Tribune,  The City of Bowling Green, BGSU Athletics, The Union Bank, Newlove Realty, The Four Corners Center, Marsh & Marsh Attorneys at Low, Blush Bridal, Brookdale Bowling Green, BG Parks and Recreation, BG Youth Hockey, and all these realtors of BG Danberry Realtors: Maggie Fawcett, Sandy Rowland, Scott Estep, Bryan Hartzel, Joann Amos, Deb Shaffer, Tracy Brownell, Linda Smith, Donna Friesner, Traci Dobbelaere, Reggie Hanneman Allison Luce, Jeff & Joy Studer.

We want to thank everyone who has help us create the most exciting ice garden ever for our Winterfest Chillabration 2018.  This is just one part of the overall event, but it will be the part of the event you will not want to miss.  It will be spectacular.  Come out and get chilly with us!

The event is still looking for some volunteers and you can sign up at:  or call the Downtown BG office at 419-354-4332 or the Convention and Visitors Bureau office at 419-353-9445.