‘The biggest one yet’: Live ice carvings, fireworks slated for St. Clair’s Icy Bazaar this weekend

Looking for something fun to do this weekend to beat the winter blues?

St. Clair will be having its 3rd annual Icy Bazaar at the Riverview Plaza this weekend, starting Thursday, Jan. 20, and going until Sunday, Jan. 23.

“Ice sculpture-carving will begin Thursday starting at 5 p.m and go until about 9 p.m. that night and will be taking place in the Riverview Plaza throughout the whole weekend,” says Bryan Ulatwoski, president of the St. Clair Chamber of Commerce.

“This year’s Icy Bazar will be the biggest one yet. We have 32 separate ice sculptures sponsored by different businesses in St. Clair County.”

The ice sculpting will be done by St. Clair native Katlin Pfropper, owner of “Pfrosted” Creative. Pfropper also teaches culinary art at RESA in Marysville and has won first place on the Netflix baking competition Sugar Rush.

“I learned to be creative with ice sculpting from my culinary design background and [then took] that knowledge to create in ice,” Pfropper says. She has competed in ice sculpting all over the country, from Frankenmuth, Mich. all the way to the World Ice Art Championships in Alaska.

The Icy Bazaar will have a lineup of multiple live bands starting at 5 p.m. on Friday night. Saturday will have the carnival act of Eric Scott Baker in the plaza courtyard from 4 to 8 p.m. Eric entertains with fire eating, juggling, and live stunts. Saturday night will have a fireworks display from Palmer Park in downtown St. Clair.

“There will be heated outdoor spaces, plenty of parking, and restaurants in the plaza will offer specials,” says Annette Sturdy, city clerk for St. Clair. Drifters Restaurant and Lounge will also be having a “spiked” hot chocolate bar for the adults to warm up.

Visit the Icy Bazaar on Facebook for a complete lineup of the weekend’s events.

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Andrea Harrington has been a freelance writer for The Keel for many years and enjoys telling stories about the people and communities across the Blue Water Area. In addition to her work with The Keel, she also substitute teaches for East China and Algonac School Districts and offers creative marketing content working one-on-one with local businesses. She loves everything fall-related and in her free time, is an avid watcher of horror movies and enjoys spending time with her husband and Italian greyhound, Marchello. Contact Andrea at harringtonandrea40@gmail.com.