Ice chips fly as Aaron Meadows takes a dremmel tool to a slab of ice during the Fire and Ice Street Festival in Qualicum Beach on Saturday, May 6. — Adam Kveton Photo

Street packed for Qualicum Beach Fire and Ice festival

Chili, ice, farm animals, dancers and more

The sounds of saws, power tools and music filled West Second Avenue in Qualicum Beach where the 24th annual Fire and Ice Street Festival took place on Saturday, May 6.

The combination ice carving and chili competition had the street packed with visitors from Memorial Avenue down nearly to Jones Street.

Lineups to try chili offerings from various participants soon grew long, but music from the event’s main stage, and dancers like the Rainbow Stew Cloggers kept attendees entertained.

For the younger crowd, farm animals, a bouncy castle and inflatable slide were some of the highlights.

This year’s theme was Canada’s 150th birthday, and you could see at least one large maple leaf made of ice taking shape during the day.

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