With Ligonier's first Ice Fest 25 years ago, the town's leaders and merchants took a chance that people would want to come to an outdoor event in the middle of winter.
Turns out, it was a good call.
Since then, the number of sponsored ice sculptures has increased tenfold, while new activities continue to expand the festival, which this year will be Jan. 23 and 24 around the Diamond in Ligonier.
Event chairwoman Cindy Purnell has been involved with the festival for the past dozen years.
“We've grown from five sculptures to about 55,” she says. “It gets people out of the house at a time when they're tired of being cooped up. It doesn't matter if it's 70 degrees or 7, people come out.”
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