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THIS WEEKEND: 9th Annual Ice Carving Show & 9th Annual Fire & Ice Chili Cook-Off Pub Crawl Fundraiser Heats Up Downtown Mount Clemens



9th Annual Fire & Ice Chili Cook-Off Pub Crawl Fundraiser Heats Up Competition Between 

Downtown Mount Clemens Establishments

Todd Seeburger of Seeburger's Cheeseburgers is preparing to defend his crown at the Ninth Annual Downtown Mount Clemens Fire and Ice Chili Cook-Off Pub Crawl Fundraiser to be held January 30, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.


Last year, Seeburger's Cheeseburgers took their first ever win and title, as they were named the city's "Best Chili of 2013". 


The competition is already heating up between participating downtown restaurants and bars, as they strategize and perfect their culinary creations in pursuit of the highly coveted title and winners crown.


Each year, Fire and Ice Chili Cook-Off Pub Crawl attendees score each chili, and the winner is ultimately selected by popular vote.  Scoring runs from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with the pub crawl continuing later into the night.  Attendees must score at least six of the eleven entries for their scorecard to be counted.


The Anton Art Center will also hold their "Art Raffle" during the chili cook-off.  Each of the participating establishments will feature a different piece of unique artwork to be raffled off.  Art Raffle tickets are only $1 each, with all proceeds benefitting the Anton Art Center.  Just think, you could take home a beautiful work of art for less than the cost of a cup of coffee.


Tickets for the Fire and Ice Chili Cook-Off Pub Crawl Fundraiser are a $15 donation for one, or $25 for two.  Each participant receives a wristband good for a taster-sized chili at each establishment.  The first 350 registrants will also receive free souvenir chili pepper party beads.  Tickets are now available at the participating establishments. 

All eleven participating establishments are located in the heart of historic Downtown Mount Clemens:  Bath City Bistro, Buffalo Wild Wings, Detroit Pub, John Barleycorn's, The Mitt, Madison's Pub, Orleans Sports Café, The Rec Bowl, Three Blind Mice, Seeburger's Cheeseburgers, and Your Mother's. 


All Fire and Ice Chili Cook-Off Pub Crawl proceeds will be equally divided between two wonderful area charities, The Anton Art Center, and the Mount Clemens Goodfellows.  Last year's event raised $3,150, and helped these two groups continue to serve the local community.


The Fire and Ice Chili Cook-Off Pub Crawl originates back to 2006, when Mount Clemens hosted several Super City activities as part of Super Bowl XL in Detroit.  Since then, this local favorite event has raised over $25,000 for its beneficiaries, and continues to serve as the kick off for the Downtown Mount Clemens annual Ice Carving Show festivities.


The Ninth Annual Mount Clemens Ice Carving Show opens on Friday, January 31 at Noon, and runs through Sunday, February 2.  Unique to other ice shows, the Mount Clemens Ice Carving Show features carving throughout the entire event.  The show also includes an ice sculpture putt-putt golf course, Doc McStuffins Warming Station, and various warming and sipping stations located around the downtown.


Downtown Mount Clemens Prepares For Cool Family Fun at

9th Annual Ice Carving Show Featuring Live Carving Throughout


A wintertime family tradition, the Mount Clemens Ice Carving Show returns to beautiful historic Downtown Mount Clemens on Friday, January 31, and runs through Sunday, February 2, 2014. 


Now in its ninth year, the Mount Clemens Ice Carving Show is unique with the focus on observing live carving throughout the entire weekend event, rather than just viewing static placed displays. 


Live ice carving demonstrations take place at the Fountain Stage on Macomb Place on Friday, January 31 at Noon until 6 p.m.  Demonstrations continue on Saturday, February 1 from Noon until 4:00 p.m., and Sunday, February 2 from Noon until 2:00 p.m.  All demonstrations are weather permitting.


Chef Jeff Wolf, a Culinary Arts instructor at the Macomb Community College Culinary Institute and owner of Finesse Cuisine, is coordinating all of the event's ice sculpting.  All street sculptures will be the work of Chef Wolf and his team of professional ice carvers. 


Sculptures will be located at the Fountain Stage on Macomb Place, Cherry Street Mall area, and on Macomb Place. 


An event favorite, the nine-hole ice sculpture putt-putt golf course returns to the Cherry Street Mall.  For a modest fee, adults and children alike can partake in this fun outdoor activity, playing miniature golf in and around ice sculptures.  Cost for this activity is $1 for children, $3 for adults.  Putt-putt hours will be:

Friday, January 31 – 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 1 – Noon – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 2 – Noon – 3:00 p.m.


Children will also enjoy taking a break from the cold at the Doc McStuffins Warming Station featuring a Doc McStuffins animal clinic inside of ABC Magic Store located at 69 North Walnut Street.  Bring your stuffed animal for a check up and receive a check up certificate.  Other activities include puppet shows, crafts, and more.  Hours are: Saturday, February 1 from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., and Sunday, February 2 from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at ABC Magic located at 69 North Walnut. 


Many downtown businesses are rolling out their welcome mats to attendees by hosting both Warming and Sipping Stations.  These businesses are open throughout the festival offering a place to warm up, relax indoors; and purchase warm drinks at the Sipping Stations.


Ice Sculptures are sponsored by various businesses, organizations, and individuals.  Sponsoring an ice sculpture at the event is a great, affordable way to market a business, celebrate a special anniversary or birthday, or memorialize a loved one.  Interested sponsors should contact the Mount Clemens Downtown Development Authority office for more information. 


Event sponsorship provided by ABC Magic, Finesse Cuisine, Jawor's Golf Center of Roseville, The Macomb Daily, Theut Products of Chesterfield Township, the City of Mount Clemens, and the Mount Clemens Downtown Development Authority.