A few years ago, Lititz was voted America’s “Coolest Small Town” by Budget Travel readers. Perhaps that’s because there is always something going on in Lititz, no matter the season. Traditionally, President’s Day weekend would be the “coolest” time of year around town (weather wise), but the Lititz Fire & Ice Festival has certainly heated things up! The festival is a four-day event happening February 15-18 with a variety of activities (many of them free) being held across town.
The festivities begin Friday night (5-9 p.m.) with live music, ice sculpting demonstrations, nearly two dozen food trucks and more than 50 ice sculptures – courtesy of DiMartino Ice Company in Westmoreland County – on display along Broad and Main streets. As you enjoy the festivities, be sure to check out all of the wonderful shops, restaurants and businesses Lititz has to offer.
Things will heat up Saturday morning when 20 chefs bring their fire to the annual chili cook-off. This event will be held at Warwick High School from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and an admission button ($10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under) is required. The buttons can be purchased at Stauffers of Kissel Hill, Bomberger’s and other locations. These top chili chefs will be engaged in a fiery competition to win your votes on behalf of the 20 local nonprofits they represent, making this one of the tastiest charity events around.
Other events being held at the high school on Saturday include the Kids Carnival and the Vendor Fair. We’ve had the pleasure of enjoying the activities, games and more kid-friendly food the carnival has to offer families attending the festival. Wristbands and tickets can be purchased for rides and activities at the carnival.
Meanwhile, the Vendor Fair, which will be held in the school’s hallways, presents a great opportunity to discover local area businesses and organizations that make an impact through providing their services to the local community.
While there are no organized events planned for Sunday and Monday, the ice sculptures will remain on view throughout the downtown area.
Now in its 14th year, the Lititz Fire & Ice Festival has proven to be a hit with those suffering from cabin fever, as it attracts an estimated 40,000 visitors. As a fundraiser, this event also helps to support the community programming of sponsors Venture Lititz and the Lititz Lions Club, as well as the local businesses and organizations that come together to make this event a success year after year.
For a full schedule, map and other information about the event and sponsors, visit lititzfireandice.com.