The Dowagiac Ice Time Festival features human foosball, ice carving and ice cream tasting next Saturday, February 5


Everything is better when it’s life-size, from the ice sculptures that line Front Street during this community’s Ice Time Festival to the human foosball game played on Commercial Street.

Kris Soenen, Chair of the 25th Annual Dowagiac Ice Time Festival, said she was thrilled to bring the thrilling action sport back to the February 5 festival.

Hosted by the Greater Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce, Ice Time has been underwritten by Dowagiac Credit Union, Dowsett Chiropractic Health Center, Garage Doors Plus More, 1st Source Bank, Lyons Industries and Who Knew? Consignment.


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“Frosty Foosball has open play on Commercial Street from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by a tournament from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.,” Soenen said. For the tournament, there will be limited availability with eight places for teams of six with a cost of $30 per team. Each match will last 10 minutes and will be played bracket style with the winning team advancing.

“Teams compete for glory and will also win Universal Dowagiac gift certificates that can be used at any Chamber member business,” Soenen said. On-site registration opens at 12:45 p.m. on the day of the festival, at which time the entry fee can be paid.

Ice sculpting begins at 8 a.m. as one-piece sculptures are created along Front Street. Festival highlights also include the Chili Crawl, Open Frozen Fish Throwing Competition, and Hot Spot with a bonfire and S’mores.

Always a popular event at the Dowagiac Ice Time Festival is the Ice Cream Eating Contest, sponsored by Caruso’s Candy Kitchen. With the competition scheduled for Saturday, February 5 at 2:30 p.m., participants should arrive early to secure a seat at the table. Caruso’s, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in September, typically draws a sidewalk crowd of more than 30 spectators.

Select specialty shops will be hosting winter sales and a scavenger hunt, with events also taking place at Caruso’s Candy Kitchen, Dowagiac Area History Museum, Dowagiac Library Pavilion, Front Street Crossing/COA and Venue 132.

For a full calendar of events, visit or the Chamber on Facebook.


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