Chardon Tomorrow’s fourth annual 2014 WinterFest kicked off last Friday night with an exciting spectacle known as Fire & Ice.
The tower was lit at 7 p.m. and blazed for about an hour.
Hot dogs, hot cider and cookies also were available. WinterFest continued on Saturday with an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. and activities on Chardon Square from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“With the new activity that we introduced this year, Fire & Ice … every year we try to add some new dimension to the event to try to keep it fresh and interesting and we think that was a smash,” said Chardon Tomorrow’s Vice President of Promotions Steve Turpin. “It only supports what we want to do in the future. We want to get more ice oriented and less snow dependent.”
Turpin estimates 300 to 400 people showed up for the Fire & Ice event with roughly 300 on Saturday.
“The crowd turnover was tremendous,” he said, adding he also noticed people walk around the square Saturday night and Sunday all day, looking at the sculptures.
“If you add all that up, I’d say at least 800, 900 people total,” he said.
Turpin said they plan to keep the event around the same time every year because it’ll keep things consistent for attendees.
“The thing we heard about events is, if you keep it a consisted date, it becomes recognizable and people are expecting that’s when it’s going to hit,” he said.
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