The Belfast Ice Festival Signature Events Return to downtown Belfast the weekend of February 24,,25 and 26

This event was bigger than the previous year last year, and this year expects to grow again.

Visitors to downtown Belfast will find ice sculptures and so much more.

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Live ice carving demonstrations give you an idea of how intricate of a process it is. And what’s an ice celebration without ice bars?

Lots of family-friendly activities also.

And to kick off the weekend on Friday night, the return of Taste of Belfast at the Waldo County Shrine Club between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. This is a ticketed event with food, drinks and musical entertainment. Tickets are at  Tickets for that event will be available at the door, but are $10 less in advance.

Also returning for the Second year is the State of Maine Ice Carving Championship. Those carvings are very special. The competition is limited to ten teams and is on Saturday the 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The judging takes place at 3 p.m. and there are cash prizes for the top ice sculptures.

Video still from NEWS CENTER Maine via YouTube
Video still from NEWS CENTER Maine via YouTube

For an up-to-date schedule and the latest information, please visit Our Town Belfast's website. Check back often as more activities will be added.

There will also be many outdoor activities for you and the family to participate in. Make it a weekend to "get out of the house."

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Ice fishing is an excellent way to embrace the cold winter months in Maine. It will get you outdoors for some fresh air, it's family friendly, and a successful day could yield a tasty dinner. If you're new to the sport, we put together a list of gear you'll need for a fun, comfortable, and successful day on the ice. Some of these items are more essential than others. Some gear may not be essential at all, depending on how you plan to fish. Again, the items we listed are geared towards those who are new to ice fishing.

Before we get to the list, remember to dress appropriately for the cold weather. We didn't put warm outerwear on the list, but it's definitely a must-have. Dressing in layers is important to ensure you're warm enough throughout the day on the ice. If you start getting too warm, you can simply take a layer off. Hand warmers are also worth packing.

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