FARMINGTON — The  Fire and Ice Festival will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 9, on Front Street, and end with a fireworks show starting around 6:30 p.m.

“People always look forward to this event as a cabin fever reliever and, with this extra-long winter, I think they are more ready now than they ever have been before,” said Anna Lyon of Franklin Savings Bank, according to a news release from the bank.

Although most of the festival is free to everyone, organizers brought back the $5 Festival Pass book to help offset some of the costs. “We have people ask how they can help pay for the event in previous years. Buying a pass or two and sharing them with your friends is a great way to help out,” said John Moore, of the Narrow Gauge Cinemas and Big Sky Grill, according to the release. Events requiring the pass are noted on the schedule.


• 8 a.m.-1 p.m.: Snow sculpting competition. Teams have five hours to create their sculpture in competition for cash prizes of $500 for first place, $300 for second place and $100 for third place, old train depot parking lot across the street from Franklin Savings Bank’s 198 Front St.

• 1-5 p.m.: Information Booth: Festival Pass sales, Thai Smile Patio, 168 Front St. The $5 festival passes help pay for the festival.

• 1 p.m.: Ice Sculpture Demonstration sponsored by Uno Mas, Uno Mas parking lot, 103 Narrow Gauge Square.

• 1 and 3:30 p.m.: Free Showing of The LEGO Movie 2,* Narrow Gauge Cinemas, 15 Front St. Must present Festival Pass for each patron.

• 1-3 p.m.: Fat Bike demonstration by Northern Lights, behind Big Sky Grill, 108 Narrow Gauge Square.

• 1-4 p.m.: Conjuring Carol, activity & warming center at the former Granary Restaurant, 147 Pleasant St.

• 1-4:30 p.m.: Snowman Making & Decorating, Divine Inspirations, 283 Front St.

• 1-4:30 p.m.: Dog sled rides around Prescott Field, Front Street. Must present Festival Pass for each rider.

• 1-5 p.m.: Scavenger Hunt along Front Street; worksheet on Festival Pass.

• 1-5 p.m.: Snow Tubing Park, sponsored by Franklin Savings Bank and EL Vining, platform located behind Dunkin Donuts on Main Street; pick up tubes first at FSB’s Front Street lawn, free.

• 1-5 p.m.: Sledding, sponsored by Big Sky Drive-In, to the left of Narrow Gauge Cinemas, Front Street.

• 1-5 p.m.: Hay Maze, beside the FSB steps on Front Street, sponsored by Robert Zundel, Tree Line Landscape.

• 1-6 p.m.: Snow Sculptures available for viewing at the old train depot across the street from FSB.

• 1-6 p.m. Campfires and s’mores at various locations along Front Street.

• 1:30 and 4 p.m.: Free showing of “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” Narrow Gauge Cinemas, 15 Front St. Must present Festival Pass for each patron.

• 1:30-4:30 p.m.: Horse-drawn wagon rides on Front Street, sponsored by Farmers Union.

• 5-7 p.m.: Ice Bar, Uno Mas, 103 Narrow Gauge Square.

• 5:45 p.m.: Keith Leaf, Amazing Fire Juggler, near Big Sky Grill, Narrow Gauge Square.

• 6:15 p.m.: Fireworks over Prescott Field, Front Street, brought to you by Narrow Gauge Cinemas.

*Space is limited.

Bathrooms are located at Big Sky Grill, 108 Narrow Gauge Square, and in the activity & warming center at the former Granary Restaurant, 147 Pleasant St.

For more information, visit the Fire and Ice Fest Facebook page or contact Anna Lyon at 779-9230 or [email protected].

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