Reading Fire + Ice Fest, the flagship winter festival of Berks County, will return to downtown Reading for its third year next month! Produced and organized by the Reading Downtown Improvement District, the festival will take place January 13-14, kicking off on Friday, January 13 at 5:30 p.m. in the 500 block of Penn Street.

The fest will again feature a variety of both indoor and outdoor activities, including a chili cook-off, Snowfall Ball, professional ice-carving competitions, fire performances, an ice wine bar, live music, and food trucks. All outdoor activities will again be free, and the chili cook-off and Snowfall Ball will have nominal entry fees.

The chili cook-off and Snowfall Ball will be held Saturday. Times and locations will be announced later, as will the band that will be performing at the Ball.

Following up their dazzling fire performances during the second Fire + Ice Fest will be Madeleine Belle from Philadelphia and Burning Hearts Fire & Light Theater from Allentown.  They will be performing both nights of the festival.

DID will once again be bringing on Sculpted Ice Works, located near Scranton, Pa., to create the ice sculpture displays on both days of the festival. The company will also coordinate the ice-carving competitions on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Established in 1999, Sculpted Ice Works is a full-service ice event company with several members of the National Ice Carving Association, and is owned by Mark Crouthamel, a carver with over 20 years of experience under his belt.

Several festival sponsorship opportunities are now available.
They include:

  • Signature Sponsor
  • Snowfall Ball Sponsor
  • Chili Cook-off Sponsor
  • Carving Demonstration and Competition Sponsors
  • Ice Sculpture Sponsors

Companies, organizations and individuals can sponsor custom-made ice sculptures as well as larger sculptures. Additional sponsorship details are available by contacting the Improvement Office weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 610-376-6424.

Tied into the 2017 festival will be a special event at Santander Arena – World Championship Ice Racing on Friday night at 7:30. The show will feature the toughest, fastest and most extreme flat track motorcycle and A.T.V. racers in the world.

Reading Fire + Ice Fest is supported in large part by a generous grant from the Hawley and Myrtle Quier Fund of the Berks County Community Foundation.

Look for more information coming soon to the official Reading Fire + Ice Fest website at www.readingfireandicefest.com.