Ice Festival
  • 2016 Ice Festival Pin

Ice Festival 2017

December 28th, beginning at 10am

This is the 10th year for the Shipshewana Ice Festival! Ice Carvers will be drilling and shaving blocks of ice all over Shipshewana. The creations they design are submitted by the sponsor or are the carver's choice. These professional carvers enjoy the challenge of creating! Please stop in all over Shipshewana to see them at work... or play!

December 29th, 10am

Come watch as the ice carvers compete in the Wolfe Building parking lot at 345 Morton St. The Ice Carvers love this special event!! They create their own design or sculpture out of special larger pieces of ice. Cash awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be awarded upon completion. Bring your cameras and video these master carvers at work!

December 29th, 10am-3pm

The 9th annual Chili Cook-Off in the Wolfe Building, 345 Morton St. Open to anyone, no charge to compete! Trophies, cash awards, gifts and bragging rights for the cooks! (call 260-768-7589 to register) Admission: $5.00  or the 2017 Shipshewana Ice Festival Pin will get you FREE entrance into the Chili Cook-off. The pin will be available at many stores in Shipshewana. You can purchase the pin at the chili tent the day of the event. The Ice Festival Pin is worth approximately $100 in value during the month of January. Many stores will be participating in the specials for January.  And if Old Man Winter should make an appearance, there will be snowman building!

2017 Ice Festival Pins may be purchased at the following locations:


Ice Carving Locations:


The 2016 Ice Sculpture Sponsors were:
Featured Ice:

Blue Gate Garden Inn
Davis Mercantile Carousel
Davis Mercantile, Nativity-

  • Aunt Millie's Candy Store
  • Back Home Again
  • Kitchen Cupboard
  • The Lang Store
  • A Little Bit of Lolly's
  • Lolly's Fabric
  • Options
  • Red Wagon
  • The Scrapyard
  • Shipshe Casuals
  • Cuddle Corner

E & S Sales
Blue Gate Restaurant
Yoder's Meat & Cheese
Yoder's Red Barn Shoppes
Yoder's Shopping Center

  • Fireside Cafe
  • Yoder's Department Store
  • Yoder's Shipshewana Hardware

Business Plus Ice:

Der Ruhe Blatz
Head Over Heels
LaGrange CVB
Lolly's Fabrics

Business Ice:

KPC News
Raber Patio
Simple Sounds
Lasting Impressions

Competition Ice:

Blue Gate Restaurant
Davis Mercantile
D Bar D Trucking
Interra Credit Union
LaGrange CVB
LaGwana Printing, Inc.
Aunt Millie's Cafe
Red Wagon

2017 Chili Cook-Off Participants:


2016 Ice Carving Winners:

Winners of the 2016 Ice Carving Competition: 

1st place- Mike Evans carving for SRMA
2nd place- Danny Bloss carving for D Bar D Trucking
3rd place- Tori Fehr carving for LaGrange County CVB

2016 Chili Cook-off Winners: 

1st place- E & S Sales #1 (White Chili)
2nd place- Rich Snyder
3rd place- Shipshewana Auction Restaurant (White Chili)

Save the Dates for the 2017 Shipshewana Ice Festival- December 28th & 29th, 2017!