The Lititz Fire & Ice Festival originated 10 years ago to help shake the
mid-winter blues that fall upon us for our community as well as to provide
some much-needed street activity for our downtown business’s. A group
of women called the Lititz Women in Business, spearheaded by two women, Dawn
Rissmiller and Tammy Boltz came up with the concept of having this festival. It
took 2 years for them to put the event together and over the years the LWIB disbanded,
but the event was taken to the Lititz LEO Club with the guidance of its two founders
to run and make it their own. With that, changes have been made each year to
make it a unique and creative event for all. Many volunteers come together from
our Lititz LEO Club and their families, our supporting Lititz Lions Club and
folks from the community that have supported the event all to make it a success
for Lititz. This year we have 2 new venue’s – the Saturday
Night Movie Night and the Dodge ball tournament on Sunday and plans have already
begun for the 2014 event to include a dance, a concert in the park and a Fire & Ice
Run through Lititz.
So celebrate Lititz and its small town feeling with the large town event! Pull
out your scarf and mittens, bundle the kids up and be sure to grab your camera,
you won’t want to miss the faces of those that sit upon the giant Moravian
Manor ice throne for the first time or zip down the Luther Care Ice Slide. Along
with the ice fun we have many food vendors, activities, entertainment from Bobby
D and Jill Pill in the Park Gazebo, fire eaters, magicians, and MUCH MORE!
Listed below are some frequent questions that are asked:
- When is the live ice sculpting? Friday night from 5-9pm
DiMartino Ice Company out of Jeannette, PA will be carving 7 ice
sculptures this year! The one-blocks will be placed some time throughout
Friday (depending upon weather) but will be available for viewing
- Where do I park? Parking is free throughout Lititz and
its various parking lots for the Friday Night Block Party. Parking
is available at the high school for the Chili Cook off and the
Winter Wonderland Carnival. There are large parking lots adjacent
to both venues. Entrance into the chili cook off is at the front
of the high school and entrance to the carnival is towards the
back of the building near Grosh Field (football field).
- Where exactly is the Friday Night Block Party? The venue
is on the 1st block of Main Street, Broad (Route 501) and throughout
the Lititz Springs Park.
- Is anything inside? The venues on Saturday and Sunday
are inside. The Block Party is all outside.
- What is the Chili Cook-off? This event is an opportunity
to try 20 different chili’s and supports 20 different charities.
Every chef represents a different charity that is vying for your
vote along with the ultimate grand prize of the People Champion.
A sampling of the charities being supported this year from our
Chefs are: March of Dimes; Landis Homes Caring Fund; Alzheimer’s
Association; Breast Cancer; Lititz REC Center; Appalichia Trail
Mission Project; Grace Church; Lititz Fire Company; Lititz Library;
KPETS; Lititz Christian School; Cast Away Critters; EARS (Ephrata
Area Rehabilitation Services); Hospice of Lancaster; and Woodridge
Pool. Throughout the years we have seen various white chilis,
veggie chili, beef, elk, chicken, steak, chocolate chili, spicy
chili, sweet chili and “secret ingredient” chili’s.
Come out and enjoy this one-of-a-kind event!
- What is at the Carnival? The Winter Wonderland Carnival
is an indoor carnival with food, activities that include face
painting and coloring/craft stations, inflatables, games and
contests. We also have some very special guests that will be
strolling throughout the event that you won’t want to miss!
The event is a pay-as-you-go and tickets will be available at
the carnival entrance which is the main gym next to the football
field. Parking is available in the lots adjacent to the fields.
- What is the movie that is showing during the Movie Night? This
year we are showing “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” at
the Linden Hall theatre. The event is free to the public. Snacks
will be available for purchase.
- What is the Dodge Ball Tournament? This event will
be held on Sunday at the Warwick High School gym. It is open
to teams of 6th – 9th grade, 10th – 12th grade and
adults. Costs and details are found on the sponsorship page on
the homepage of this event.
- What should I wear? The Fire & Ice Festival is held
outdoors on Friday night for the block party regardless of weather. Dress
should be appropriate to the weather.
- When should we arrive? If you are coming for the Block
party, it begins at 5pm however shops and restaurants are open
throughout the day. We suggest you come early and shop/eat and
then stay to enjoy the evenings’ festivities! If you are
arriving for the Chili Cook –off or Carnival those hours
are 11am – 3pm and you do not need to necessarily arrive
early. The cost is $8 before the event and $10 at the door. Due
to the tremendous press coverage this year for the event we cannot
guarantee that buttons will be available at the venue. We HIGHLY
suggest that you purchase your button before the event.
Buttons can be purchased before the event at Bombergers Store,
Dosie Dough of Lititz, Moravian Manor and Stauffers of Kissel Hill
Lititz branch. If you are out of the area, you may contact Jeff
Esbenshade to purchase tickets at 717-371-2039.
- How can I become a sponsor/participant in the event? If
you would like to be a sponsor or participant in the event, please
contact Dawn at (717) 371-1846. Sponsorship pages are also available
on this website on the home page.
- How can I volunteer to help? The Lititz LEO Club is
the organization that sponsors this event. If you are a middle
school or high school student, you can become a member of this
dynamic organization by logging onto the www.lititzlions.org website
and clicking on the LEO page. The application is available along
with basic club information. If you are an adult or have a group
that would like to volunteer and give back to this wonderful community
event, please call Dawn at (717) 371-1846 or email email@example.com for
specific volunteer opportunities.