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Every winter, the small town of Lititz, Pennsylvania, hosts the annual community Fire and Ice Festival. This free event takes place during one weekend in February. The festivities usually start on Friday night with an ice carving demonstration. About 75 mesmerizing ice sculptures can be viewed all over downtown. There is also a live music program to accompany your winter evening stroll. On Saturday, there is the annual Chili Cook-off, one of the main events of the festival. It is free for the public and takes place at Warwick High School.
Every edition of the Fire and Ice Festival brings about 40,000 visitors to Lititz. People are walking around the streets and Lititz Springs Park and explore spectacular ice sculptures. Live entertainment is constantly provided on the LOA Stage in downtown. Carvers from DiMartino Ice Company are holding ice-carving demonstrations all over East Main Street, North and South Broad Street. Pyrotek Special Effects host the impressive fire show at Duck Pond in Lititz Springs Park.
In addition to entertainment, there a few dozen food trucks lining the central streets of Lititz. Many shops and eateries are open late in Downtown Lititz on Friday and Saturday nights. The streets close for traffic on Friday due to Friday fun runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Other events include Kid’s Carnival and Vendor Fair at Warwick High School. Streets reopen for traffic at 10 p.m. on Saturday.