Fire and Ice on the horizon

Popular Qualicum Beach street festival getting ready to roll

Chili’s the fire and ice is

QUALICUM BEACH — May 5 is going to be a very special day in Qualicum Beach.

That’s the day the 20th annual Fire and Ice Street Festival kicks off in the community, with up to 6,000 people from all over Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland crowding into the uptown core to sample chili and watch ice carvers at work.

The theme for this year’s fun family event is Celebrate Art and Culture — and the famous chili cook-off is the centerpiece, with up to 30 teams in decorated booths competing for the coveted Peoples Choice Award.

A one-time cup purchase of $4 will allow visitors to go from team to team sampling the chili and voting for their favourite.

Meanwhile, ice carvers from across Western Canada and the United States will be located throughout the town, competing for cash prizes while turning large blocks of ice into spectacular sculptures as spectators watch.

Musical entertainment from three stages will feature well-known local performers and recording artists.

Fire and Ice is a family-oriented street festival providing something for all members of the family including a Kids’ Zone, which will be one of the busiest places in town, with lots of children getting their faces painted, balloons, games and fun activities just for them.

Volunteers are central to the success of the festival and Fire and Ice chairman Walter Hoogland is putting out the call for all hands on deck to help make this year’s festival another successful fun filled day.

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