The fifth annual ‘Butler Carved in Ice’ festival sponsored by Butler AM Rotary will kick off a day earlier than in years past.
“In the fifth year we wanted to have something new and expand the event so more people could see it,” Rotarian Dina Martinez said.
The event runs from 5 to 8 on Friday and continues from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday in Diamond Park in downtown Butler.
Blocks of ice will transform into 65 one-of-a-kind works of art. There will also be a chili cook-off with six local restaurant participants, including the Butler Vo-Tech. Many activities will be offered for kids.
This event includes a basket auction and is an important fundraiser for the group as they give back to the community. Those attending Friday night will have the opportunity to enjoy lights on the ice, adult beverages and more.
“We’ll have live entertainment on Friday night with Tom Pappas performing from 5-6 p.m. and then also from 7-8 p.m. In between that set the Butler High School Jazz Band will perform for an hour,” Martinez said. “All of our entertainment will be in the Butler County Symphony lobby and then pumped out into the Diamond.”
Admission is free as are many events, while chili-tasting at the Butler Art Center and brew-tasting on Main Street are $5 each.