Chilly buildup to 14th Fire & Ice

By on February 13, 2019

By Cory Van Brookhoven

Despite Groundhog Phil’s prediction of an early spring, Old Man Winter is not going quietly as freezing temperatures, snow and ice have stalled life for many in the region.

Warwick and Manheim schools on Monday and Tuesday were canceled or disrupted, as were community events, sports and other activities.
However, those un-spring like temperatures are expected to rise for this weekend’s 14th annual Fire & Ice event.

The forecast looks good for Friday’s ice sculpture unveilings, when temperatures are expected to be in the high-50s.

The streets of Lititz will be covered with glistening, slick ice this weekend. But don’t worry, you won’t have to put on your snow tires or prepare for a blizzard: your boots or shoes will do. That’s because they’ll be 75 ice sculptures to take in as part of the annual Lititz Fire & Ice Feb. 15 and 16.
But the beautiful carvings are just one of the many elements of the weekend.

There will also be live music, a chili cookoff, an indoor carnival and vendor fair, and lots of food trucks scattered across Broad Street. Many shops and eateries will also be open throughout the event with extended hours, and in many cases will also offer specials just for the occasion.
Below is what you need to know if you plan to attend the 14th annual Lititz Fire & Ice.

Two-Day Street Closure
Several changes and enhancements this year include a two-day street closure. Holly DeKarske, Executive Director of Venture Lititz says this change should help manage large crowds, and will also make it safer for guests to easily travel all over town. DeKarshe and her entire team behind the scenes also want to alert attendees that the downtown streets will close Friday, Feb. 15 beginning at approximately 3 p.m to Saturday Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. Broad Street will close from Orange Street to Front Street. East Main Street will also be closed from Broad Street to Cedar Street, as well as the first half block of West Main Street.

Shuttle Service
New this year is a shuttle service which will run from Kissel Hill Elementary School, 215 Landis Valley Rd., Lititz, to the drop off point at the intersection of East Orange Street and Route 501 downtown. Once you are ready to return to your car, just go back to the shuttle drop off location and wait for the shuttle to take you back to the school. There will be two shuttles running continuously as they fill up, departing and then returning as needed. Shuttle hours will be from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, and 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb.16. Shuttles are provided by Venture Lititz and the Lititz Lions at no cost to guests, however donations are appreciated.

Friday Night Block Party
Friday night is all about the Block Party. Look for several displays of shimmering lights as well as dramatic pyrotechnics which will highlight the event. Created by Lititz-based companies Stray Production Services and Pyrotek Special Effects, the displays are sure to fill the crisp, winter evening with awe.

Live Music
Two days of live music will unfold on the streets of Lititz over the course of the event. Look for the Stray Production Services stage, which will be set up at the corner of Main and Broads streets. On Friday evening, The Scouts are scheduled to play from 5 to 7 p.m. One Too Many will then take the stage from 7 to 9 p.m. On Saturday, look for Katie Bender to kick off that day’s musical entertainment, who will play a set from 12 to 3 p.m. Next, Nearly York will close out the day, and will be playing from 3 to 5 p.m. All musical entertainment is free. Stage sponsor is LOA Orthodontics. Entertainment sponsors are Wilbur Chocolate and Red Rose Cabinetry.

Chili Cookoff, indoor carnival and vendor fair on Saturday
On Saturday, the fun continues. The annual Lititz Lions Chili Cookoff will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Warwick High School, 301 W. Orange St., Lititz. For those interested in sampling chili, admission buttons are required. Cost is $10 adult, or $5 for children under 12. Buttons, while they last, are available at the following Lititz businesses: Stauffer’s of Kissel Hill (Lititz location only); Bomberger’s Store; Dosie Dough (Lititz location only).

Food Trucks
Come hungry! about 20 food trucks will be ready to serve guests Friday and Saturday up and down Broad Street during the event. They will be open for business Friday from 5 to 9 p.m and then again on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit for the complete schedule of events.

Cory Van Brookhoven is a staff writer for the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your comments at or 717-721-4423. 

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