Meltdown Winter Ice Festival

Events

 

EVENT SCHEDULE IN THE WORKS! Keep coming back for more info on Meltdown activities!

We are currently finalizing the details of the cool events to take place this weekend! Watch out for your favorite events:

  • January 9th-22nd: Coloring Contest
    The Coloring Contest has returned! We’re excited to bring you this FREE fun art event for children as part of the Meltdown Winter Ice Festival! Thanks to Richmond Art Museum for sponsoring this contest!Download the Coloring Contest form here:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WUOzgonnMJ23sMgmydhMrcb-xmbQzpSH/view?usp=sharingHow to Enter:1. Color the picture provided by the Meltdown Winter Ice Festival Committee.
    2. Fill in parent and child information so we can contact you if you win a prize! All 4 lines MUST be filled out to win.
    3. Entries must be turned in or postmarked by January 22 for the chance to win a FREE child’s art class from RAM.
    4. Return to the Parks Department (office in Glen Miller Park) or RAM in person or mail:Parks Dept.
    Coloring Contest
    50 North 5th St.
    Richmond, IN 47374RAM
    Coloring Contest
    350 Hub Etchinson Parkway
    Richmond, IN 47374Entries must be received by JAN 22 for the chance to win a FREE child’s art class from RAM. All entries will be displayed at 915 Gallery on East Main Street, Richmond for the duration of the #RichmondMeltdown.Additional Contest Rules
    • One drawing per child—only children in 4th grade and below may participate.
    • Prizes must be picked up when announced at the Meltdown Main Stage on Saturday, January 27 at 7 pm, or picked up from the Parks Office within 2 weeks. After 2 weeks, prize items are surrendered.
  • January 9th-22nd: Senior Adult Coloring Contest
    Introducing the NEW: Senior Adult Coloring Contest! We’re excited to bring you this FREE fun art event as part of the Meltdown Winter Ice Festival!
    Download the Coloring Contest form here:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jLCr8V70lEwxVjlhoi-5xSzHsknhpps_/view
    How to Enter:
    1. Color the picture provided by the Meltdown Winter Ice Festival Committee.
    2. Fill in information so we can contact you if you win a prize! All lines MUST be filled out to win.
    3. Entries must be turned in or postmarked by January 22 for the chance to win a free art supply kit from Friends Fellowship Community.
    4. Return to the Parks Department (office in Glen Miller Park) or RAM in person or mail:Parks Dept.
    Coloring Contest
    50 North 5th St.
    Richmond, IN 47374RAM
    Coloring Contest
    350 Hub Etchinson Parkway
    Richmond, IN 47374Entries must be received by JAN 22 for the chance to win a free art supply kit from Friends Fellowship Community. All entries will be displayed at 915 Gallery on East Main Street, Richmond for the duration of the #RichmondMeltdown.

    Additional Contest Rules
    • One drawing per senior adult—50 and up.
    • Prizes must be picked up when announced at the Meltdown Main Stage on Saturday, January 27 at 7 pm, or picked up from the Parks Office within 2 weeks. After 2 weeks, prize items are surrendered.

MELTDOWN WEEK: JANUARY 22-28TH

  • Tuesday: Meet an Ice Carver
    Watch an ice carver in action at Morrisson-Reeves Library from 3:30-4:30pm! See how chunks of ice are beautifully hand-crafted into an artistic ice sculpture! Sip on hot chocolate, ask questions, and even get an autograph at this FREE event!Andrew “The Giant” Thistlethwaite will be at Morrisson-Reeves Library on January 23 to talk to the kids and show them how a block of ice becomes a work of art! Hobby turned into obsession as Chef Andrew discovered the unique art of ice sculpting in 1996 as a culinary apprentice at the University of Notre Dame. Since then he has traveled tirelessly throughout the country honing his skills with a chainsaw creating awe-inspiring crystalline spectacles for winter festivals, parties, and demonstrations. Andrew is a Certified Ice Carver by the National Ice Carving Association, and is the Owner of Signature Ice Sculptures, LLC in San Antonio, Texas.Dress warm, and join the fun! Meet outside the Bard Room at Morrisson-Reeves Library!
    Help us heat up the Meltdown Festival and support your favorite charities from 5:30-7:30pm at Morrisson-Reeves Library! Join us in a fun and delicious way to warm up and sample the best chili served by local celebrity “chefs” while supporting your favorite charities. Proceeds help fund non-profits in Richmond and the Meltdown Winter Ice Festival. Bottomless Bowl tickets are sold at the door for $10.
  • Friday and Saturday: Paint and Take Souvenir
    Join in this free, fun event for the #RichmondMeltdown from Paint the Towne! Paint your own souvenir and take it home with you! Only one souvenir per child. Available on a “First Come, First Serve Basis.” This is creative fun for everyone! Paint the Towne is an interactive art studio located in Richmond’s Historic Depot District. Paint the Towne is open for this special Meltdown event on Friday, January 27 and on Saturday, January 28 from 10 am – 7 pm, or while supplies last. More information on Paint the Towne is available at http://www.paintthetownerichmond.com/
    • Friday: Mystery Meltdown Fight!
      The People’s Champion Throwdown will be located at Jack Elstro Plaza (47 North 6th Street). We’re putting our world-class carvers on the spot! Audience members will choose what the carvers create. Then, two carving teams will battle it out in three 15-minute rounds. You’ll see chunks of ice form into your very own audience suggestion!
      Which team will win? The audience will decide! It’s the People’s Champion Throwdown because YOU decide what the teams carve, and YOU decide who did the best!
  • Eat Well – during the #RichmondMeltdown. Food and drinks will be available for purchase on-site from local vendors! Grab a bite to eat during the Mystery Meltdown Fight or Mega Meltdown Throwdown. Vendors will even be set up on Saturday while you visit the Family Fun Zone!

    Vendors include:
    Ullery’s Homemade Ice-Cream
    Just Smokin’, LLC
    • Mom & Pop’s Kettle Korn
    Big Poppa’s Pork Pit
    Fechers’ Panache – Catering, Cakes & Sweet Treats
    The Cordial Cork / Melton Renzulli Wines
    Roscoe’s Coffee Bar and Tap Room

    • Saturday: Freeze Your Buns Off Run
      Join Running Wayne County for their weekly Saturday group run as part of the #RichmondMeltdown! Meet at 7:30 AM in Elstro Plaza (47 North 6th Street), where the run will start/finish. Choose to take the fun run at your own pace, running the mileage of your choice! There will be three route options to choose from: 10.1 miles, 6.4 miles and 4 miles. The two longer routes will go through Glen Miller Park and have the option of getting water at the spring.  All levels and abilities of runners or walkers are welcome. More information at runningwaynecounty@gmail.com
    • Saturday: Frozen Fairy Trail
      The Frozen Fairy Trail on Saturday from 11am-3pm will take you on a magical journey to find whimsical fairy dwellings. Start your journey at the Old National Road Welcome Center, then explore the other magical locations across Richmond!
    • Saturday: Community Concerts
      These amazing performers will be setting up at different spots around the town to play for the festival! Check them out!

      • 1:00pm @ Morrison-Reeves Library: Megan Eversole
      • 1:45pm @ The Innovation Center: Patchwork Moonlight
      • 2:30pm @ Table Top: Joe Augustin
      • 3:00pm @ Lifted Church: Eric Loy
      • 3:30pm @ St. Paul’s Episcopal Church: Charles Ramsey
    • Saturday: Mega Meltdown Throwdown
      The Mega Meltdown Throwdown will be located at Elstro Plaza (47 North 6th Street). Art will be destroyed. There will be ONLY ONE winner.
      Just like Friday’s Throwdown, ice carvers will battle it out in three 15-minute rounds!
    • Lego contests, coloring contests, a chili cook-off, and more! Stay tuned for more details on the Meltdown fun!